Weekend TV Ratings: Super Bowl XLIX Sets Historic Viewership Record

     February 2, 2015

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The TV ratings for Friday, January 30th through Sunday, February 1st are in.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • This year’s down-to-the-wire Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots resulted in the highest ratings victory in the game’s history.  Was it the matchup?  Or Katy Perry‘s Pee-Wee’s Plyahouse / Reading Rainbow-inspired halftime show?  Or a combination?  Either way, the game notched 102.32 million viewers (*subject to adjustment), and a 35 in the ratings share, which is up 2 percent from last year.
  • The return of The Blacklist which started at 10:38 p.m. on NBC, garnered 11.2 in the ratings, with 31.44 million viewers tuning in (again, this may be subject to adjustment because of how live sports are tabulated — the final numbers may be even higher).
  • From one extreme to another: let’s backup to Friday, where NBC’s Constantine hangs on with a 0.8 in the ratings, pulling 3.30 million viewers at 8 p.m. (you can read Dave’s recap here).  Grimm, also on NBC, settled in the middle of the ratings for the 9 p.m. hour, with a 1.2 rating and 4.8 million viewers.  Both supernatural series are down a tenth from last week.
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