Super Bowl TV Records
The NY Giants victory over the undefeated New England Patriots set a Super Bowl record Sunday with 97.5 million viewers – but fell short of breaking the all-time Super Bowl ratings record set by Cincinnati-San Francisco in 1982.
Super Bowl XVI on Jan. 24, 1982, in the Pontiac Silverdome drew a record 49.1 rating and 73% audience share. That means 49.1 percent of the nation's TV sets were tuned to the game, and 65% of the TV sets in use were tuned to the game. The Giants-Patriot game averaged a 43.3 rating and 65% audience share. Sunday’s game didn't set a ratings record because the American population has increased, along with the number of people with TVs.
Sunday's Super Bowl LXII was the second most watched show in TV history to the 106 million viewers for the "M*A*S*H" series finale on Feb. 28, 1983.
Channel 19's Super Bowl XLII broadcast drew a 42.9 rating and 64% share, slightly below the national average and slightly above Super Bowl XLI (Colts-Bears) on Channel 12 a year ago (41.7/63%). So more more than one-third of all viewers here watched something other than the Super Bowl.
If you weren't watching the game, what did you watch Sunday night?