Super Bowl audience was the lowest since 2013

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The overnight rating dropped, and so did the size of the audience.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, the total audience of 111.3 million was the lowest TV crowd since 2013, when a power outage at the Superdome during the second half of the Ravens-49ers game caused the audience to scatter, keeping the total figure at 108.4 million.

The high-water mark came two years ago in Arizona, when 114.4 million tuned to NBC for a Patriots-Seahawks classic. Last year, the audience dropped to 111.9 for Panthers-Broncos.

The fact that the latest Super Bowl, which generated zero points in the first quarter, a whiff of a blowout in the second quarter, and a 28-3 margin in quarter three, dropped only 600,000 from Super Bowl 50 is impressive — especially in light of the doom and gloom (#boomandgloom) generated by the ratings throughout the 2016 season.

17 responses to “Super Bowl audience was the lowest since 2013

  1. .
    Whether you love them or hate them, the Patriots have consistently given the country a compelling Super Bowl.

    2001- Patriots 20 Rams 17
    2003 – Patriots 32, Panthers 29
    2004 – Patriots 24, Eagles 21
    2008 – Giants 17 Patriots 14
    2010 – Giants 21 Patriots 17
    2014 – Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
    2016 – Patriots 34, Falcons 28

    This year’s game was a rout in comparison
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  2. Well no one likes the patriots and no one cares about the Falcons. Plus the NFL has lost a lot of credibility over the last couple years. The NFL has peaked and is on the downswing.

  3. Good.

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; we alone can say we were there, parked on our butts in front of our TVs, there to witness history unfold. And gentlemen in America then a-bed shall think themselves accurs’d they were not there, and hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks that watched with us upon Saint Brady’s day.

  4. No one outside of New England or the main stream media respects or likes the Patriots. It’s really that simple. No need to overthink it.

  5. Typical of this season. The ratings were down for the NFL all year and, until they make some changes from the top down, it will only get worse.

    For me personally, I used to never miss an NFL game on TV and would occasionally watch a college game. That has “flip flopped” on me. I watch the NCAA all day on Saturday (Go Noles) and hardly watch the NFL on Sunday. It’s become a travesty for me and the NCAA is pure football.

  6. Television audiences are down in general. People, especially millennials, are getting fed up with being ripped off by the cable and satellite TV providers and are cutting the cord.

    2 of my 3 kids streamed the superbowl (for free) off the internet. The audiences are still there, they just aren’t getting captured in the overnight ratings.

  7. Maybe America has no more interest in the Falcons than Atlanta “fans” have for any of their sports teams. Apparently their *yawn* is contagious.

  8. Well, a lot of people were out protesting something. Another bunch were held up in safe spaces watching cartoons.

  9. I almost didn’t watch this year, I’m an avid Sunday/Monday watcher of football, to the point it drives my wife nuts. I get tired of all the media hoopla about the SB, it’s nothing but a money machine at this point. The only reason they take a week off is to pump money an extra week. I actually got NFL app notifications that each teams planes landed in Houston…. Seriously? They’re waaaaaay over-milking the cow on it at this point for me

  10. Maybe cause it’s the same at least one team every year and people don’t wanna watch the same show over and over

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