Super Bowl XLVII Breaks Overnight Ratings Record

Super Bowl XLVII Breaks Overnight Ratings Record

Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers received the highest overnight rating ever for a Super Bowl.

According to Nielsen, the Super Bowl had an overnight rating of 48.1/71, which means nearly half of all households in the country saw Baltimore defeat San Francisco 34-31 to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl title. 

The rating, though, excludes the period from  8:45-9:15 PM EST, which was when the power outage occurred that left CBS broadcasters scrambling.  

The highest-rated Super Bowl had been Fox’s telecast of Green Bay versus Pittsburgh in 2011, which received a 47.9/71 overnight rating. Last year’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots received at 47.8/71 overnight rating and was the most-watched television program ever with an audience of 111.3 million.