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Super Bowl XLVII doesn’t set ratings record, after all


The first set of early numbers were very good for CBS.  The second set of early numbers aren’t.

According to SportsBusiness Daily, Super Bowl XLVII generated a “fast-national” Nielsen rating of 46.3, which translates to an average of 108.4 million viewers.

But that’s not the most ever.  Last year, NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI had a 47.0 rating and an audience of 111.3 million.Factoring in the Super Bowl XLV average audience of 111.0 million, CBS can boast not the most-watched show of all time, but the third.It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, though.

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48 Responses to “Super Bowl XLVII doesn’t set ratings record, after all”
  1. dbones750 says: Feb 4, 2013 4:45 PM


  2. ravenator says: Feb 4, 2013 4:45 PM

    You cant fight destiny. Ravens – World Champions

  3. lehooper says: Feb 4, 2013 4:45 PM

    Next year in the cold & snow will top all Super Bowls. I turned last night off before the half. Looked like a preseason game. Hate domes!

  4. cball77 says: Feb 4, 2013 4:46 PM

    Those ratings don’t include the international audience which is MUCH higher than the US numbers considering it’s broadcast in dozens of other countries.

    When talking about “most watched show of all time” maybe you should say in American history – otherwise that statement is misleading.

  5. rickyspanish says: Feb 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    Listening to Phil Sims and Jim Nance is like listening to your grandparents talk.

  6. skoobyfl says: Feb 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    I didn’t hear of anyone not watching it so it’s all the same.

  7. humbleminded85 says: Feb 4, 2013 4:52 PM

    Either way, Joe Flacco is STILL your SUPERBOWL 47 MVP! (In my Ric Flair voice) Woooooooooooooo

  8. swagger52 says: Feb 4, 2013 4:57 PM

    Dull wins Championships

  9. salvi18 says: Feb 4, 2013 4:59 PM

    congrats does anyone realize that the last four teams that played the Eagles at the Linc on the Eagles home opener won the past four superbowls

  10. mikeknowsfb says: Feb 4, 2013 5:00 PM

    Way to go Ravens! Great game!!

    Did Ravenator just get home from school?

  11. bucksfan141 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:03 PM

    Two words for that might be Phil Simms

  12. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:05 PM

    Football shouldbe played in the elements, not in a cozy little dome on a rug of astroturf. i cannot wait to see it at Metlife stadium with real grass!

  13. sourdoughsam says: Feb 4, 2013 5:06 PM

    I want to see the numbers on how much more intoxicated 49ers/Ravens fans were with that extra half hour to throw down the booze during the power outage.

  14. justintuckrule says: Feb 4, 2013 5:06 PM

    FIVE MILLION more people would have preferred another epic clash between the mighty Patriots and everyone’s favorite underdog the New York Football Giants. Last night was two halves of 7 on 7 between two meh teams. Congrats though to Balt.

  15. ken49ers says: Feb 4, 2013 5:08 PM

    So not as many people saw that rig job as previously though.

  16. db105 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:12 PM

    When did they measure the viewership? During the power outage?

  17. cmich2006 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:13 PM

    knew the initial report was false…no way the ravens draw record viewership

  18. ravenmuscle says: Feb 4, 2013 5:16 PM

    The reason the Giants & Patriots set a higher standard was because you have all those New York and New England Morons watching the game. More morons live in this part of the country…simple explanation.

    Did you ever hear these idiots speak…’nuff said.

  19. giants56 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:18 PM

    Cool stat about the eagles home openers.

  20. cervetta12 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:18 PM

    “Good Evening Friends, Jim Nantz” Can’t stand this guy of Simms for that matter

  21. maxwell0116 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:19 PM

    It’s probably a good thing the 49ers didn’t win the Super Bowl. If they did, their fans would be rioting and assualting everybody in sight. Either that or they would all go to the Castro and have a huge buttfu*king party…

  22. pksoze says: Feb 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    This proves that all of you secretly love watching the Giants vs the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

  23. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Feb 4, 2013 5:28 PM

    Salvi18@…way to steal that little bit of trivia from The Dan Patrick Show heard earlier today!

  24. eventhorizon04 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:38 PM

    “Those ratings don’t include the international audience which is MUCH higher than the US numbers considering it’s broadcast in dozens of other countries.”

    The vast majority of viewers of the Super Bowl are people watching inside the USA.

    Outside of the U.S., there are several million American citizens living abroad who watch it, but that’s it, but that number nowhere near the 100+ million who watch it in the USA.

    The NFL is a mostly American sport. The average German or Brazilian citizen isn’t watching it…

  25. eventhorizon04 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:41 PM

    “ken49ers says: Feb 4, 2013 5:08 PM

    So not as many people saw that rig job as previously though.”

    Which part was rigged in favor of the Ravens?

    The part where the power went out for 30 minutes, giving the 49’ers time to regroup after falling behind by 22 points, or the part where Haloti Ngata suffered a serious knee injury and missed most of the second half?

    I think it’s really funny how 49’ers fans are bragging about how much better their offense looked in the second half, and how they coulda-shoulda-woulda won the game in a comeback, but they forget how Ngata being out hurt the run defense and gave Kaepernick all-day to throw.

    And I’m not even a Ravens fan.

  26. bucslose says: Feb 4, 2013 5:44 PM

    I actually turned it off at half time and at the black out. Turned it back on when I heard 49ers were coming back.

    It was an okay Super Bowl. Commercials were bad. Halftime show was just awful. First half of the game was bad because the 49ers didnt show up.

  27. aces79 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:50 PM

    Interesting note I found out these refs that were doing the Super Bowl never even did a conference championship game ever what does that tell ya these refs according to the NFL Referee Association they are not qualified to do the Super Bowl the “FIX WAS IN”.

    Put it this way if Ray Lewis can get away with Murder so can the Ravens.

  28. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 4, 2013 6:00 PM

    You had to know that the Ravens could not draw the biggest crowd the game was still on after all Rayrays fans had lights out in the Pen.

    Of course the 4 Time Champion Giants would have the highest ratings.

    Wait 363 days till Eli faces Payton in the Manning Bowl at Metlife better known as Giant Staduim

  29. bigbenownsthenfl says: Feb 4, 2013 6:02 PM

    Was boring and I love the ratbitds free agent issues! From super bowl to toilet bowl next year lady Ratbird fans!

  30. blackbug99 says: Feb 4, 2013 6:08 PM

    It was a great game and props to Baltimore! Can we get off the Roman Numeral thing? Sure it looks classy until you get past the X’s. How do you talk old games w/a buddy…..”Hey, you remember iixvii and the wining kick?”…..

  31. justintuckrule says: Feb 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    Goodell has effectively destroyed the league. Two teams with some of the best “defenses” in the NFL gave up over 800 yds and 60+ pts. Good thing this wasn’t a Pats – GB super bowl or they’d be still playing.

  32. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Feb 4, 2013 6:52 PM

    apparently i wasn’t the only one who went to bed when the lights went out…only in new orleans.
    why don’t they stick to gator huntin’ and turtle catchin’.

    it also didn’t help that if you kept watching until the end it meant that you’d have to hear more incessent babbling about and from ray ‘white suit’ lewis.

  33. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 4, 2013 6:55 PM

    Boy, and you thought ravenator was a dick before…

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 4, 2013 6:59 PM

    Residents of Baltimore can’t afford television these days. They were all down at McDonalds watching the game. Or standing outside the department store window.

  35. bigalhebdman says: Feb 4, 2013 7:23 PM

    Yesterday’s weather report for East Rutherford NJ/NY: 25 degrees with show showers and wind gusts up to 25 mph. Sitting in that outdoor stadium certainly will beat the heck out of a cozy sissy climate controlled super dome that had a 30 minute delay for electrical failure, It probably made the fans get more bathroom and beer breaks. Don’t worry, next year wil be for “real” football fans. Ha Ha!

  36. 1oldpro says: Feb 4, 2013 7:26 PM

    If Jim had just started Montana at QB, that would have set the record for viewers. Joe would have found the right receiver at the finish!

  37. larrydavid7000 says: Feb 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    I did not waste time watch this crap bowl had better things to do.

  38. mazblast says: Feb 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    Best Super Bowl ratings ever, then not. Sounds like someone at the league office made a phone call, along the lines of, “You don’t want to embarrass Mr. Goodell, do you?”

  39. juddgr says: Feb 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    have to agree Half Timne Show was a sad spectacale

  40. themagicfanguy says: Feb 4, 2013 8:18 PM

    TV’s would explode from the ratings if GB and NE faced each other. The ratings would probably be higher for this one, but we all know that most of the Raven “fans” didn’t even watch the regular season games. Just like 90% of the people trying to act all proud now only became fans 2 weeks ago.

  41. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    bigbluefan1 says: Feb 4, 2013 6:00 PM

    You had to know that the Ravens could not draw the biggest crowd the game was still on after all Rayrays fans had lights out in the Pen.

    Of course the 4 Time Champion Giants would have the highest ratings.

    Wait 363 days till Eli faces Payton in the Manning Bowl at Metlife better known as Giant Staduim

    Yes and Eli will beat Peyton because Eli is better. You cannot spell elite without ELI.

  42. mark0226 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:32 PM

    Well, it probably wins for the LONGEST Superbowl in history.

  43. chocopoppy says: Feb 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    I thought that SB16 had the record for highest rating? Obviously not the highest total # of viewers. Can someone confirm?

  44. loriann1 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:10 PM

    There is nothing around jersey giants stadium! Worst place for a Super Bowl. Unless the Eagles are in the Superbowl at giants stadium. That would be priceless!

  45. phillyphannn83 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:29 PM

    Boring matchup, I tuned in for the last 2 mins of the game and could’ve done without that too. Bring on the draft.

  46. scoobies05 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:56 PM

    because if anyone knows how to go from the superbowl to the toilet bowl its big ben and the steelers…right bigben?

  47. mrpolarbear99 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:40 PM

    Well at least the matchup didn’t include the Eagles. Then again the matchup never includes the Eagles…

  48. stampnhawk says: Feb 4, 2013 11:49 PM

    Steve Tasker the only breath of fresh air that broadcast, actually doing some investigative work to figure out the details of the power outage.

    The delay made it painfully clear that cue cards and show writers make the “experts” appear a lot more intelligent then they are week in and week out in the scripted pregame and half time shows.

    Listening to those panelt guys stumble through and over each other trying to sound relevant was painful…the banter at the local bar was more intelligent in that period.

    Hopefully these average ratings means that Simms is relgated to the #3 team, and Nantz stick with golf.

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