Sunday TV Ratings: SUPER BOWL Broadcast Is Most Watched Ever with 111.5 Million Viewers; NEW GIRL Soars in Post-Game Slot

     February 3, 2014

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Sunday evening’s Super Bowl ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Per final numbers, Fox’s telecast of Super Bowl XLVIII scored a 34.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and was seen by 111.5 million viewers, which tops last year’s 108.4 million viewers to become the most watched Super Bowl–and broadcast–ever.  This is much higher than what the preliminary numbers had suggested.
  • The post-game broadcast of Fox’s comedy New Girl performed extremely well, notching a series high 11.1 rating and 25.8 million viewers.  That’s a rise of 42% ratings-wise from last year’s post-game Elementary episode and up 23% in total viewers.  It now stands as the highest rated scripted entertainment telecast on broadcast TV in 3 years, since the post-Super Bowl Glee episode.
  • The post-post-game showing of the very funny Brooklyn Nine-Nine earned decent if not spectacular ratings, hitting a series high 6.7 rating and scored 14.8 million viewers.
  • Directly opposite the Super Bowl, PBS’ Downton Abbey (read Allison’s recap here) did just fine with 6.8 million viewers, up from last year’s Super Bowl night episode’s 6.6 million viewers.
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