Super Bowl Record? Close But No Cigar -- Yet
Fast overnight ratings indicated that Sunday's Super Bowl game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots averaged a 47.8 rating/71 share in households. If that figure holds when final numbers are reported, that would put it in third place among the most-watched Super Bowl games of all time. But that figure is just one-tenth of a ratings point behind the two leaders, and last year's telecast averaged 111 million viewers. Several analysts agreed that the final result, like a tightly fought election, was too close to call. In Boston, The Game drew a 56.7 rating/81 share. New York, which won the game 21-17, was not even among the top ten cities, ratings-wise. It posted a 49.7/74. Getting the post-game slot, NBC's talent contest The Voice averaged a 19.4/33 -- up 27 percent over last year's post-game show, Glee (when Fox carried the game).