Ratings: Super Bowl XLVIII Is Most-Watched Telecast of All Time, New Girl Flirts With 26.3 Mil

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Ratings Super Bowl 2014

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Despite representing the third-worst blowout in Super Bowl history, the Seahawks’ 43-8 win over the Broncos didn’t exactly crater in the ratings. In fact, it set a new record.

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Based on final nationals, Super Bowl XLVIII drew an astounding 112.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched U.S. telecast of all time (beating 2011′s big game).

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Leading out of the big game, New Girl drew 26.3 million total viewers, per finals — up from last year’s late-starting Elementary (20.8 mil) and improving on the last comedy to score the apres-Super Bowl spot (The Office circa 2009, 23 mil) — and an 11.4 demo rating, which marks broadcast TV’s highest-rated comedy telecast since the May 2004 Friends series finale and the highest-rated scripted broadcast program since House’s post-Super Bowl outing in 2008.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine capped Fox’s night with 15.1 mil and a 6.9 rating.



Comments (41)

  • What else was there to watch? Nothing.

    Comment by Teri – February 3, 2014 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a Patriots fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the game and watching Peyton choke once again.

    Comment by Rebecca – February 3, 2014 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Too bad it wasn’t the Pats. I love watching Brady cry after each loss and complaining to the refs after each call.

      Comment by Jillian – February 3, 2014 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lol ya I guess I must have missed some of those while I was busy celebrating championships from the Bruins, Celtics & Redsox in the past 10 years or so. ;)

        Comment by Rebecca – February 3, 2014 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As someone who lives in Massachusetts, but not a Pats fan, I ask these simple questions….

      The Pats lost to that? They couldn’t beat… them? Really? What does that say about the Pats?

      Comment by David4 – February 3, 2014 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Patriots accomplished so much to get where they did with the lack of top talent and injuries they had.

        Comment by kelly – February 3, 2014 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • after the snoozer bow i saw
    i would’ve preferred to watch paint dry
    it’s sad when even the national anthem doesn’t even pump you up
    my favorite part of the entire program was when it went off air

    Comment by Michael Lee Kirk – February 3, 2014 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There was a fooseball game on yesterday?

    Comment by Eric – February 3, 2014 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope Brooklyn Nine Nine gets a great lift. It just feels to me that it should have lead out of the super Bowl and not New Girl. They should have switched spots imo.

    Comment by jasie – February 3, 2014 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At least Peyton still gets to the Superbowl in his late 30s, unlike Brady who’s continually crushed the hopes and dreams of New England since 2004.

    Comment by Matt – February 3, 2014 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Patriots have been to the Super Bowl twice since 2004.

      Comment by Meg – February 3, 2014 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m not even remotely a fan of Tom Brady and the Patriots, but he’s been in two Super Bowls since 2004 (2008 and 2012), so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

      Comment by Bfleet – February 3, 2014 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They lost both. Hence the crushing of hopes and dreams.

        Comment by KSM – February 3, 2014 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • But making Giants fans everywhere VERY happy.

          Comment by David4 – February 3, 2014 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Pretty sure Brady wasn’t the one who was supposed to defend David Tyree

          Comment by kelly – February 3, 2014 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes but the original poster made it seem like Brady hadn’t even been to the Super Bowl since 2004. I guess Peyton isn’t held to as high of a standard as Brady.

          Comment by Meg – February 3, 2014 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Exactly. The original post said that Peyton still gets to the Super Bowl ‘unlike Brady’.

          Comment by Bfleet – February 3, 2014 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Update: New Girl gets renewed for two more seasons because of those ratings

    Comment by Mare – February 3, 2014 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because people were too lazy to change channels? Not likely.

      Now if that translates into more viewers on their scheduled day they’ll get a boost.

      Comment by John NYC – February 3, 2014 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There was never any doubt that New Girl would get at least two more seasons. Fox has nothing and at least can charge more for the show because of this limited bump.

      Comment by David4 – February 3, 2014 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This post-Super Bowl spot was wasted on The New Girl. It should have gone to Brooklyn 99 and Enlisted. Brooklyn 99 just won a major award for Best Comedy and Enlisted is a brand new show relegated to Friday nights. Both shows could have benefited from that post-Super Bowl timeslot. The New Girl, however, is already dragging in it’s third season and is more likely to be losing viewers at this point, rather than gain viewers.

    Comment by Ann – February 3, 2014 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • At the time Fox announced the after-Super Bowl line-up (in mid-October), it had already delayed ENLISTED’s premiere by two months, to January. Would have been too huge a flyer to take, awarding that time slot to a show that could have cratered out of the gate.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 3, 2014 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Super_Bowl_lead-out_programs
        They used to show a lot of pilots, most notably The Wonder Years. Last year, they played the 14th episode of a new show, Elementary, which isn’t much different from airing the 4th episode of Enlisted. I seriously doubt a few months of extra age is really a factor. But I’m pretty sure FOX put New Girl on instead of Enlisted because they screwed up, they didn’t have a place for it on the schedule and they’re set on not promoting it or anything that’s stuck on Fridays. If we were on the best timeline, Enlisted would have been airing on Tuesdays instead of Dads and it would have aired directly after the Super Bowl with Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

        Comment by TigerNightmare – February 3, 2014 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Fair points (though WONDER YEARS was a huge TV lifetime/economy ago). Plus, ELEMENTARY had already been picked up for a full season by the time it landed the Super Bowl spot/was a known entity.

          Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 3, 2014 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it’s just New Girl, not THE New Girl. Other than that, I actually wish it had been The Mindy Project and B99… but that’s just me.

      Comment by Meg – February 3, 2014 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • New Girl was awesome last night! Best episode of the season for me and Prince was so funny. And New Girl is actually getting a lot better and I really wish those who’ve stopped watching the show would stop commenting on it when they haven’t the seen the last few episodes.

      Comment by FL – February 3, 2014 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yep, it was great. And the ratings are great. I love New Girl and B99, so I’m really happy they got lots of eyes last night.

        Comment by Lecholls – February 3, 2014 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine should have got the slot right after the Superbowl

    Comment by ggny – February 3, 2014 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dads should’ve gotten New Girl’s post super bowl slot.

    Comment by Guest – February 3, 2014 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or ‘TIL DEATH.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 3, 2014 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope! Both comedies suck!

      Comment by +1 – February 3, 2014 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It almost definitely won’t happen, but I would L O V E for Parks & Community to get the Super Bowl slot with NBC next year!

    Comment by Eddie – February 3, 2014 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would be perfect. Though, it is probably going to be The Blacklist or The Voice, again.

      Comment by Jillian – February 3, 2014 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Voice is so dumb who wants to watch wannabe singers after the Superbowl

        Comment by kelly – February 3, 2014 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • New girl was amazing last night!!!

    Comment by Steven – February 3, 2014 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! Brooklyn Nine Nine was good, too. It’s growing on me in spite of how much Samberg annoys me.

      Comment by TV Gord – February 3, 2014 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope this helps Brooklyn 999′s ratings in the future!!!!

    Comment by Mare – February 3, 2014 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While not a completely exciting game, it was fun to make fun of what was happening with my family. The looks on the faces of some of the Broncos was priceless. And then they cut to Eli Manning in the stands and it was great. It was the same look he had when the Giants were losing one of their early games miserably this season.

    Comment by Marianne – February 3, 2014 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll take any opportunity I can to say Bronco Buster. It’s a fun phrase.

    Comment by Spinning Maze – February 3, 2014 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Oops, spoiler!” Haha. Good one. I freaking love Russell Wilson. He is such a good kid. You gotta love a guy who volunteers regularly at children’s hospitals. My nephew recently got to spend some time with Russell Wilson during a Seahawks weekend as part of his wish from the Make A Wish Foundation. Saturday was spent at the practice facility, and Sunday was spent at a game on the sidelines and in a luxury box. Wilson was soooo nice to him and went out of his way to make sure my nephew felt special and was having a good time. They even put his name on a locker and had a jersey made specially for him with his name on it. It’s been a month since that event happened, but my nephew is still flying high from the experience. Russell Wilson is his hero now, and also mine too, since he was so good to my nephew.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – February 3, 2014 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Woah what is with some of the hate on New Girl by Brooklyn Nine Nine fans, just because New Girl almost got double its ratings? New Girl’s like a half hour program and Brooklyn Nine Nine got promoted a hell of a lot more than it, so it just means that people didn’t wanna stick around for B99. And New Girl had one of its best episodes and made such incredible use of Prince, which I don’t think manyy comedies could have done.

    Comment by FL – February 4, 2014 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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