The resurgence of the New York Jets under brash coach Rex Ryan has helped CBS set numerous viewership records. CBS' telecast of the Jets' 28-21 win over New England on Sunday averaged 43.5 million viewers with a 24.2 rating, which is projected to be the most-watched divisional playoff game ever. Final ratings will be available Friday.
CBS game analyst Phil Simms says the Jets are quickly gaining fans nationally.
“When you have success, it breeds new fans,” he said. “Young people are really getting into the NFL. They're watching it now and going, ‘Wow, these Jets are fun to watch.' I think we've seen it with many teams across the years — the 49ers had fans across the country, the Dallas Cowboys and the Steelers. The Jets can do that.”
CBS likely will get another huge rating for the AFC Championship game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jim Nantz and Simms will call the game.
— Fox Super Bowl analyst Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl champion, is featured on the next edition of HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
— HBO will replay all five hourlong episodes of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with The New York Jets,” beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.
— Nantz and The Methodist Hospital in Houston have created the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, an all-inclusive center devoted to Alzheimer's research. Nantz's father, Jim Nantz Jr., died in 2008 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was treated at The Methodist Hospital.
— NBC's “NHL Game of the Week” returns for the season with Philadelphia at Chicago at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will call the action.
— The “Oklahoma High School Sports Express” will return for the spring semester at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on KOKH-25. Van Shea Iven hosts the show.
— Roy Jones Jr. has reached an agreement with HBO Sports and will rejoin the network as a permanent expert analyst on the late-night “HBO Boxing After Dark” series. Jones served as a boxing analyst at the network from 1996 to 2005.