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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

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?


at 2/05/2008 3:56 PM Anonymous DJJack said...

My fiance had not seen Meet the Fockers, so she watched that while I read and napped in the recliner.

I know it's sacrilege, but I'm not a fan of either team, so why watch?

at 2/05/2008 5:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the "Murder she wrote" marathon!
from the neighborhood

at 2/06/2008 10:48 AM Blogger Steve Scherer said...

There were less programming choices in 1982, hence the high rating/share for that Bengals game.

at 2/08/2008 9:06 PM Anonymous skippercollector said...

The only program I watched on Sunday was "Life is Wild" on the CW from 8-9 p.m. It was the last episode of the season and probably the last episode of the series. The show's plots were predictable at times and the angsty WB teenagers were annoying, but those problems were far outweighed by the spectacular scenery and the African wild animals. I will miss this show.

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