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?

If you'd like to guess the viewership for Elementary, which follows the Super Bowl, click here.

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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.

 
  • morningtvwatcher

    I am going with somewhere between 110 Million-115 Million For a couple reasons:

    1. 49ers is one of the most Popular teams in the NFL Even if it not a favorite it still like and respected. Ravens are Popular and liked too but not like the 49ers.

    2. Both teams haven’t been in the Super Bowl in over a decade.

    3. The bothers thing.

    4. Ray Lewis

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    The ratings generally go up from year to year unless neither of the two teams involved aren’t very interesting in to viewers across the whole nation. The 49ers do fit that criteria, so it’s possible that the ratings might go above 112, but how far is hard to tell.

    Last year, Madonna’s half-time show helped pull up the average. A more interesting question might be whether or not Beyonce will be able to do the same thing this year. Heck, why not ask whether or not Beyonce’s show will fare better than Madonna’s, since Madonna’s show is the most watched half hour in broadcast history.

    (But, hey… It’s not my site. I just love visiting.)

  • kbmv

    Oh shut up about Madonna. She was terrible. Halftime performances suck all the time.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    Whether she was terrible or great, the fact is that the halftime shows’ ratings do have an impact on any Super Bowl broadcast’s average viewership. Facts and facts. And you opinion is fine, but there is nothing objective about it… even though this is a discussion requiring objectivity. (And telling someone to shut up is just grand when you follow it with nonsense that doesn’t matter in the context of the discussion.)

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    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.

    Lol, “big boys” can speak proper English.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    @Melissa & @Petar

    I’m pretty sure the Petar speaks English as a second language. While I am offended by his use of the term “big boys” (and I am a boy myself, as my pic shows), I’d say that his English language skills are more than just ok. It is difficult to tell one’s true language skills through forums such as this, though, because everybody chooses which rules to follow and with ones to avoid. (Some such rules have less to do with grammar or spelling than basic human decency, though, and that’s the biggest problem of all.)

    We can all do a lot better in seeing each other eye to eye when we aren’t calling out each other on language skills are referring to long-dead archetypical behavior that suggests women don’t belong in discussions that, essentially, are about business.

    God bless us one and all. (He says half-seriously but with a full-throated chuckle, nonetheless.)

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