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Tim Tebow's Broncos nab best NFL wild-card ratings in 24 years


You've got to hand it to quarterback Tim Tebow -- he does know how to deliver the big finish.

Tebow's Denver Broncos dashed to a dramatic 29-23 overtime victory Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving CBS the highest rated wild-card NFL game in nearly a quarter-century.

The game earned a stunning 25.9 household rating and a 43 share, according to early data from Nielsen.

That was the highest rating in Nielsen's largest "metered" markets since a Seattle-Houston wild-card game in 1988 that drew a 26.7 rating.

Final numbers -- including a total-viewer tally -- will be available Tuesday.


NFL ratings down for season despite Tim Tebow factor

-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Tim Tebow celebrates the Denver Broncos' playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Credit: Chris Schneider / Associated Press


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