The Program After The 'Super Bowl': How Will 'Glee' Do? (Poll+Ratings History)

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January 31st, 2011

The timeslot immediately following the Super Bowl has in recent years been used to either launch a new show, give a sampling boost to an existing relatively new show, or just reap the bonus advertising revenue from an already well performing veteran. This year, Fox has slated Glee there, its most successful new-ish show.

Last year, CBS made the somewhat surprising move to slot Undercover Boss after the Super Bowl. I was skeptical, but UB proved us skeptics wrong and scored the highest viewership since Survivor in 2001.

The game itself could have a big effect the "after the game" show viewership. The last three Super Bowls were quite close until the end, and presumably carried their large audiences later in the game.

What do you think the viewership of Glee following the Super Bowl will be and why?

Update: While it's unlikely to change your guess, here's a promo video for the episode.

I'm going to guess viewership of 25 million, slightly higher than The Office from 2 years ago, but history has proven my ratings guesses not worth the bits used to transport them to your screen. (For reference, Glee was averaging about 11-12 million Live + Same Day viewers for its episodes last Fall).


Super Bowl Year Network Program HH Rating HH Share Avg. Homes (million) Avg. Viewers (million)
XLIIV 2010 CBS Undercover Boss 19.1 32 21.91 38.654
XLIII 2009 NBC The Office 11.6 21 13.338 22.905
XLII 2008 FOX House 15.7 27 17.719 29.045
XLI 2007 CBS Criminal Minds 15.1 26 16.770 26.314
XL 2006 ABC Grey's Anatomy 21.0 34 23.106 37.881
XXXIX 2005 FOX Simpsons 13.0 22 14.228 23.074
XXXVIII 2004 CBS Survivor All-Star 17.9 32 19.415 33.535
XXXVII 2003 ABC Alias 10.6 20 11.283 17.362
XXXVI 2002 FOX Malcolm In The Middle 11.5 21 12.117 21.445
XXXV 2001 CBS Survivor II 24.5 39 25.076 45.369
XXXIV 2000 ABC The Practice 15.3 27 15.420 23.847
XXXIII 1999 FOX Family Guy -Preview 12.6 21 12.560 22.005
XXXII 1998 NBC Third Rock from the Sun 19.7 34 19.260 33.662
XXXI 1997 FOX X-Files 17.2 29 16.730 29.098
XXX 1996 NBC Friends 29.6 46 28.400 52.925
XXIX 1995 ABC Extreme Special 14.2 25 13.350 22.594
XXVIII 1994 NBC John Laroquette Show 12.3 22 11.590 17.708
XXVII 1993 NBC Homicide Special 18.0 31 16.760 28.121
XXVI 1992 CBS 60 Minutes 16.8 30 15.470 24.821
XXV 1991 ABC Davis Rules 15.5 25 14.430 26.695
XXIV 1990 CBS Grand Slam 18.6 30 17.130 30.765
XXIII 1989 NBC Sun Nite Movie 20.9 36 18.890
XXII 1988 ABC Wonder Years 17.9 31 15.860 28.976
XXI 1987 CBS Hard Copy Special 19.8 33 17.310
XX 1986 NBC NBC Sunday Night Movie 16.5 25 14.170 39.729
XIX 1985 ABC Macgrouder and Loud 22.8 38 19.360
XVIII 1984 CBS Airwolf Special(s) 21.6 36 18.100 27.874
XVII 1983 NBC A-Team Special 26.3 39 21.910 21.910
XVI 1982 CBS 60 Minutes 26.2 36 21.350
XV 1981 NBC Chips 16.3 26 12.680
XIV 1980 CBS 60 Minutes 33.0 50 25.179 40.746
XIII 1979 NBC Brothers and Sisters 21.0 32 15.650 31.722
XII 1978 CBS All In the Family 30.4 47 22.160 35.472
XI 1977 NBC Disney's "Kit Carson" 25.8 37 18.370 42.816
X 1976 CBS Phoenix Open Golf 16.5 31 11.480 22.363
IX 1975 NBC NBC Sunday Night News 16.7 28 11.440 15.924
VIII 1974 CBS Perry Mason** 12.7 20 8.410 15.058
VII 1973 NBC Disney's "The Mystery 28.4 44 18.400
VI 1972 CBS 60 Minutes 20.3 36 12.610
V 1971 NBC Bing CrosbyPro-Am Golf Champshps 19.2 36 11.540
IV 1970 CBS Lassie 21.5 34 12.580
III 1969 NBC G.E. College Bowl 11.7 21 6.670
II 1968 CBS Lassie 26.3 41.2 14.730
I 1967 CBS Lassie 15.6 25.3 8.560
I 1967 NBC Disney's "The Mosby Raiders" Part II 21.7 33.7 11.910

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2006-10 numbers are Live+Same Day, all others are Live Viewing.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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For comparison, here are the historical Super Bowl ratings themselves.

 
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