Super Bowl 42 wound up setting records for the most viewers for a Super Bowl with 97.45 million. The previous record of just over 94 million was set in 1996. Between Super Bowl XLII, the post game show, the episode of House that followed, American Idol, Moment of Truth and another episode of House, FOX took the top 7 spots. But note the gap between #1 and #7 is roughly 80 million viewers.
Despite FOX's dominance, ABC was able to slip both the season premier of LOST and a the recap that ran before it, into the top 10. Newcomer Eli Stone came in #12 with 11.15 million viewers.
Overall for the week FOX had 9 shows in the top 20, followed by CBS and ABC with four each and NBC had 3. All four of CBS' shows in the list were repeats.
Record breaking Super Bowls, and Moment of Truth beating LOST. What a week! Please note the Super Bowl #'s (as all numbers) represent average audience. So on average at any given time, over 97 million were tuned in. Nielsen reports that over 148 million people watched at least some portion of the game.
Top 20 shows by viewers for the week ending 02/03/08:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||ORIG||HH RATING (LIVE+SD)||HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)||# OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000)|
|1||FOX SUPER BOWL XLII||FOX||43.1||65||97,448|
|2||FOX SUPER BOWL POST GAME(S)||FOX||30.1||47||63,934|
|7||MOMENT OF TRUTH||FOX||10.2||15||17,641|
|8||LOST SEASON 4 PREMIERE||ABC||9.4||14||16,137|
|9||LOST-THU 8PM (Repeat)||ABC||8.0||12||13,158|
|12||ELI STONE (Repeat)||ABC||7.1||12||11,145|
|13||LAW AND ORDER||NBC||7.6||13||11,101|
|14||SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER||FOX||6.4||10||10,555|
|15||WITHOUT A TRACE (Repeat)||CBS||6.9||11||10,185|
|16||DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS||FOX||6.0||9||10,070|
|17||DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED||NBC||6.3||10||9,679|
|18||TWO AND A HALF MEN (Repeat)||CBS||6.2||9||9,601|
|20||LAW AND ORDER:SVU (Repeat)||NBC||6.2||11||9,291|
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