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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 30.9/65 1.0/2 0.6/1 0.5/1 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 28.3/68 0.8/2 0.4/1 0.5/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 89.787 2.606 2.535 1.335 3.186

NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (Super Bowl & The Blacklist)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.   

NBC was number one with adults 18-49 and total viewers.

Update: In time-zone adjusted fast nationals, which are still subject to further adjustment due to post-game celebration coverage in the Boston market, the Super Bowl delivered 114.4 million viewers, ranking as not only the most-watched Super Bowl, but the most-watched telecast overall in U.S. history. The Blacklist earned a 8.7 adults 18-49 rating. 

On NBC, The Super Bowl earned a preliminary 35.0 from 7-10PM, up 2 percent from last year’s preliminary 34.4 adults 18-49 rating. It should be noted that last year’s game was a blowout, while this year’s went down to the wire. The Blacklist, which started at 10:38PM, scored a preliminary 11.2 from 10:30-11PM, up 1 percent from a 11.1 adults 18-49 rating for last year’s post Super Bowl episode of New Girl. Both NBC preliminary numbers are likely significantly lower than the final, accurate numbers will be. We will post updated time zone adjusted numbers when we receive them later today.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 1, 2015 (All Ratings Live+ Same Day):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 NBC Super Bowl (7-10PM) – Live 35.0/71 102.32
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos – R 0.4/1 2.38
CBS 60 Minutes Presents: The Many Sounds of Music – R 0.3/1 2.80
FOX Bob’s Burgers – R 0.3/1 0.97
7:30 FOX The Simpsons – R 0.5/1 1.45
8:00 FOX The Simpsons – R 0.7/1 1.91
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos – R 0.5/1 2.45
CBS NCIS – R 0.3/1 2.79
8:30 FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine – R 0.4/1 1.14
9:00 ABC Shark Tank  – R 0.5/1 1.97
FOX Family Guy – R 0.5/1 1.28
CBS CSI – R 0.4/1 3.01
9:30 FOX Bob’s Burgers – R 0.5/1 1.26
10:00 NBC Super Bowl/ Post Game – Live 26.1/58 72.93
ABC Shark Tank  – R 1.0/2 3.33
CBS Criminal Minds – R 0.7/2 4.15
10:30 NBC The Blacklist (10:38-11:38) 8.7/ 26.5


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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