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Steelers-Patriots sets record TV ratings in Boston market

11.04.13 at 5:08 pm ET
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The TV numbers for Sunday’s New England-Pittsburgh game were some of the best in recent history — according to the Patriots, the CBS telecast of the game enjoyed an average household rating of 40.3 in the Boston market, the highest rating of the 2013 season.

Since the regular season began in September, the only sporting event to receive higher ratings in the Boston market was Game 6 of the World Series. Sunday’s rating marks a 15 percent increase from this season’s previous high, a 35.1 average household rating in the team’s dramatic comeback win against the Saints in Week 6. It also marks the first time this season that a Patriots game has drawn ratings of 40 or higher in the Boston market.

The previous regular season ratings high against Pittsburgh was a Week 13 contest at home against the Steelers in 2007, which drew a 38.2 average household rating. This statistic excludes the team’s last contest against the Steelers in Week 10 of the 2011 season, when ratings were unavailable due to the power outages caused by inclement weather.

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