In a closely competitive contest, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens narrowly beat the San Francisco 49ers to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl XLVII, a game that had viewers on the edges of their seats for the CBS broadcast.
Similarly, this year's broadcast has narrowly beaten the Super Bowl XLV broadcast, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, to become the most watched Super Bowl of all time. The average overnight household rating of the game came it at 48.1 with a 71 audience share, up from last year's New York Giants/New England Patriots contest which garnered a 47.8 and 71 share.
The rating is particularly impressive given the half hour delay in the game due to a massive power outage at New Orleans' Superdome. As a result of the delay, the rating does not factor in this time period, instead pulling from the 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM and 9:15 PM to 10:45 PM EST time slots. No doubt some viewers tuned away during the blackout, so the fact the rating was still able to maintain such a strong average is impressive in itself.
The game itself no doubt played a large part in the record numbers, as the Ravens dominated in the first half before the 49ers were able to make things more competitive following the halftime outage. No doubt the fantastic halftime concert by Beyonce also helped bolster the rating as well.
What did you think of last night's game?