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

Reuters

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.

48 responses to “Super Bowl XLVII doesn’t set ratings record, after all

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. “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…

  8. “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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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?”…..

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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?”

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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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