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Super Bowl Ratings: Up or Down?

Super-Bowl-50-Logo-Large-1Were the ratings for Super Bowl 50 up or down? Depends on who you ask…

CBS says:

CBS Sports’ Coverage Of Super Bowl 50 Is Most-Watched Program In Television History As 167.0 Million Viewers Watch All Or Part Of Game

The CBS Television Network’s coverage of Super Bowl 50 featuring the DENVER BRONCOS’ 24-10 win over the CAROLINA PANTHERS on Sunday, Feb. 7 (6:39-10:22 PM, ET) was watched in all-or-part* by a record 167.0 million (Persons 2+) viewers, making it the most-watched single broadcast in television history on an all-or-part basis according to Nielsen’s Fast Total Audience Estimates.

The previous high was CBS’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 (164.1 million; Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers).

The 167.0 million viewers is a television-only number and does not include online and mobile streaming.

*(Watched at least six minutes of the telecast)

Hollywood Reporter and some others say:

TV Ratings: Super Bowl 50 Falls Shy of Record With 111.9 Million Viewers

At this point, not setting a ratings record is essentially a disappointment for the Super Bowl. So Sunday’s Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers showdown, which aired on CBS, played out under a shroud of lofty expectations — and it will have to settle for No. 3 status.


About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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