Will 'Super Bowl XLVII' TV Viewership Set Another Record? (Poll+ Ratings History)

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January 30th, 2013


Unlike many other  sports championship TV viewerships which have declined over time, Super Bowl TV viewership has not only held up, but after a generation of fairly flat viewership, began growing again in the last seven years or so.

Last year's Super Bowl XLVI had the highest average viewership (111.3 million) of any US TV telecast in history.

What's your guess for this year's Super Bowl XLVII viewership?

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Complete Super Bowl TV Ratings:

Game Date Net rating Share $/30 Sec. Ad Homes (000) Viewers (000) NFC Champion AFC Champion
XLVI Feb 5 2012* NBC 47.0 71 111,346 New York Giants New England
XLV Feb 7 2011* FOX 46.0 69 111,010 Green Bay Pittsburgh
XLIV Feb 7 2010* CBS 45.0 68 $2,800,000 51,728 106,476 New Orleans Indianapolis
XLIII Feb 1 2009* NBC 42.0 64 $3,000,000 48,139 98,732 Arizona Pittsburgh
XLII Feb 3 2008* FOX 43.1 65 $2,699,963 48,665 97,448 New York Giants New England
XLI Feb 4 2007* CBS 42.6 64 $2,385,365 47,505 93,184 Chicago Indianapolis
XL Feb 5 2006* ABC 41.6 62 $2,500,000 45,867 90,745 Seattle Pittsburgh
XXXIX Feb 6 2005 FOX 41.1 62 $2,400,000 45,081 86,072 Philadelphia New England
XXXVIII Feb 1 2004 CBS 41.4 63 $2,302,200 44,908 89,795 Carolina New England
XXXVII Jan 26 2003 ABC 40.7 61 $2,200,000 43,433 88,637 Tampa Bay Oakland
XXXVI Feb 3 2002 FOX 40.4 61 $2,200,000 42,664 86,801 St. Louis New England
XXXV Jan 28 2001 CBS 40.4 61 $2,200,000 41,270 84,335 NY Giants Baltimore
XXXIV Jan 30 2000 ABC 43.3 63 $2,100,000 43,618 88,465 St. Louis Tennessee
XXXIII Jan 31 1999 FOX 40.2 61 $1,600,000 39,992 83,720 Atlanta Denver
XXXII Jan 25 1998 NBC 44.5 67 $1,291,100 43,630 90,000 Green Bay Denver
XXXI Jan 26 1997 FOX 43.3 65 $1,200,000 42,000 87,870 Green Bay New England
XXX Jan 28 1996 NBC 46 68 $1,085,000 44,145 94,080 Dallas Pittsburgh
XXIX Jan 29 1995 ABC 41.3 62 $1,150,000 39,400 83,420 San Francisco San Diego
XXVIII Jan 30 1994 NBC 45.5 66 $900,000 42,860 90,000 Dallas Buffalo
XXVII Jan 31 1993 NBC 45.1 66 $850,000 41,990 90,990 Dallas Buffalo
XXVI Jan 26 1992 CBS 40.3 61 $850,000 37,120 79,590 Washington Buffalo
XXV Jan 27 1991 ABC 41.9 63 $800,000 39,010 79,510 NY Giants Buffalo
XXIV Jan 28 1990 CBS 39 63 $700,400 35,920 73,852 San Francisco Denver
XXIII Jan 22 1989 NBC 43.5 68 $675,000 39,320 81,590 San Francisco Cincinnati
XXII Jan 31 1988 ABC 41.9 62 $645,000 37,120 80,140 Washington Denver
XXI Jan 25 1987 CBS 45.8 66 $600,000 40,030 87,190 NY Giants Denver
XX Jan 26 1986 NBC 48.3 70 $550,000 41,490 92,570 Chicago New England
XIX Jan 20 1985 ABC 46.4 63 $525,000 39,390 85,530 San Francisco Miami
XVIII Jan 22 1984 CBS 46.4 71 $368,200 38,880 77,620 Washington LA Raiders
XVII Jan 30 1983 NBC 48.6 69 $400,000 40,480 81,770 Washington Miami
XVI Jan 24 1982 CBS 49.1 73 $324,300 40,020 85,240 San Francisco Cincinnati
XV Jan 25 1981 NBC 44.4 63 $275,000 34,540 68,290 Philadelphia Oakland
XIV Jan 20 1980 CBS 46.3 67 $222,000 35,330 76,240 LA Rams Pittsburgh
XIII Jan 21 1979 NBC 47.1 74 $185,000 35,090 74,740 Dallas Pittsburgh
XII Jan 15 1978 CBS 47.2 67 $162,300 34,410 78,940 Dallas Denver
XI Jan 09 1977 NBC 44.4 73 $125,000 31,610 62,050 Minnesota Oakland
X Jan 18 1976 CBS 42.3 78 $110,000 29,440 57,710 Dallas Pittsburgh
IX Jan 12 1975 NBC 42.4 72 $107,000 29,040 56,050 Minnesota Pittsburgh
VIII Jan 13 1974 CBS 41.6 73 $103,500 27,540 51,700 Minnesota Miami
VII Jan 14 1973 NBC 42.7 72 $88,100 27,670 53,320 Washington Miami
VI Jan 16 1972 CBS 44.2 74 $86,100 27,450 56,640 Dallas Miami
V Jan 17 1971 NBC 39.9 75 $72,500 23,980 46,040 Dallas Baltimore
IV Jan 11 1970 CBS 39.4 69 $78,200 23,050 44,270 Minnesota Kansas City
III Jan 12 1969 NBC 36 70 $55,000 20,520 41,660 Baltimore NY Jets
II Jan 14 1968 CBS 36.8 68 $54,500 20,610 39,120 Green Bay Oakland
I Jan 15 1967 CBS 22.6 43 $42,500 12,410 26,750 Green Bay Kansas City
I Jan 15 1967 NBC 18.5 36 $37,500 10,160 24,430 Green Bay Kansas City

2006-12 Data is Live+Same Day, all other years are Live viewing.

Ad expenditure data from Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

Note: Super Bowl 1 aired on both CBS & NBC.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • William

    46.8/110.9

  • Nick

    109.5 million. It’ll be a little down, because it’s not highly buzzed like the past 2 years.

  • rob60990

    102 million.

  • networkman

    @rob60990, I agree with your prediction. I’ve been on other posts and there are many out there who feel like this Superbowl was fixed. Many are not feeling the Harbough brothers matchup. And even more are disgusted with the Ray Lewis Show that the media is promoting.

  • networkman

    I would of said less viewers than that but there should be at least 2 million viewers tuning in simply just to see Beyonce perform the half time show. Even though there are many who are tiring of her as well.

  • romo

    To Joseph:

    The playoff networks are the same next season also.

    The changes dont start until the new tv deal kicks in for the 2014-15 season.

  • Ultima

    @romo
    ESPN will probably get a wildcard game starting jan 2015.

    :roll:

    The networks are already locked into a contract with the NFL through 2022 and there’s nothing in there about ESPN getting a playoff game.

    If you have no clue what you’re talking about, don’t comment.

  • Ultima

    The networks are already locked into a contract with the NFL through 2022 and there’s nothing in there about ESPN getting a playoff game.

    If you have no clue what you’re talking about, don’t comment.

    Ok, maybe there is. Well, don’t I look like an ass!

    Sorry! :(

  • Hugh

    A lil bit more than last year

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Melissa
    You are pathetic as always. And NCIS LA has best compitable lead-in and best day of the week with zero or less competition but is with lower ratings than POI and CM.
    Watch your stupid soapy Grey and don’t comment where big boys are talking.

    @BigBrotherFan
    I agree. CBS miss great chance here.

  • Once & Again

    @Petar Ivanov

    WOW!!!

    Stupid soapy Grey has got far more critical acclaim, awards and fans around the world.

    Even CSI Miami has more fans around the world in comparison to Person of Interest, NCIS: Los Angeles or even Criminal Minds.

    And take it easy with your frustrations.

  • andri

    A tangible record would mean breaking into the bracketing of the 50 Nielsen mark. I am an NFL fan. Every play introduces. itself from the 50 yard line. Swearing a rating less tan the aforementioned rates the average.

  • The End

    I remember last years Superbowl topic on here, had a decent discussion with a few people about the accuracy of Nielsens sample size. I’m wondering if it’s worth giving a reaction this year, as I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to stick around and discuss longer lol

    Still, thinking over 100 million.

  • greysfan

    I think it will top 2012 by a couple of million. Also i have a question will ABC ever host a SuperBowl again?

  • CookyMonzta

    Yes. A legend about to retire (the only remaining member of the Super Bowl XXXV winning team), against an upstart QB about to make a big splash in the NFL, will draw INSANELY big numbers.

  • KJ Styles

    100-105 million. It will do well but it won’t break the record.

  • KJ Styles

    Ravens will win 31-27 with Torry Smith as the MVP.

  • DenverDean

    If the game is close, it might reach 108 MM. But without hallmark teams like Pats, Giants, Steelers, Dallas, GB, not likely. Also, halftime usually drops (and it’s a long segment because of the set-up/tear-down), no way Beyonce draws anywhere near what Madonna did last year.

  • Brian

    @JR35, The storm is supposed to be over the northeast. Looks like Boston, Connecticut and Rhode Island gets the worst of it.

    I’m predicting a new record of 113 million viewers. Between the storyline between the two coaches, Ray Lewis, and Colin Kaepernick, I’d say barring a power outage in Boston, they’ll break the record. Halftime should be good this year by the way. Especially now that Beyonce will have to sing it.

  • Michael

    Super Bowl XLV was on February 6, not the 7th, of 2011. They tend to fall on Sundays.

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