Ratings: Super Bowl XLIX Draws Record 114.4 Million; Blacklist Holds 26.5 Mil

Super Bowl Ratings

More bad news for Pete Carroll: A record audience watched the embattled Seahawks coach make the worst call in football history.

Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX, featuring the Patriots’ wild, down-to-the-wire 28-24 win over the Seahawks, drew 114.4 million total viewers, besting last year’s game (112.2 million) to claim the title of most-watched television program in U.S. history.

Leading out of the Super Bowl, The Blacklist retained 26.5 million viewers with an 8.7 demo rating, topping the drama’s previous highs by 111 and 129 percent, hitting 10-year audience highs for a scripted NBC program and marking the most watched scripted broadcast program in more than three years (since Ashton Kutcher’s Two and a Half Men debut, which drew 28.7 mil).

NBC’s post-Super Bowl edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (9.8 million/3.6) stands as the talker’s No. 2 telecast in both measures, trailing only its year-ago Olympics-boosted launch. It’s also the most-watched post-Super Bowl late-night talk show outing in the history of Nielsen People Meters (dating back to September 1987).

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39 Comments
  1. me2 says:

    Even better!

  2. David4 says:

    It wasn’t the worst play ever. It almost worked perfectly. That game was full of horrible plays.

    Clearly the Patriots only caught the ball because it was under inflated by the Seahawks.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I can’t stop saying OMG. One of the best games I’ve ever seen as a Patriots fan!! #youmadbro

  4. Tran says:

    The Seahawks should have become back-to-back Super Bowl champions but the Patriots didn’t deserve to be the reigning champs after that whole controversy involving deflating balls. Really hope that the Pats won’t repeat as Super Bowl champions before next year’s big game at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  5. Tom says:

    I like the Patriots, but they didn’t deserve to win that game. It was choked away by a horrible play call. Run the ball in with Lynch and the seahawks win back-to-back championships.

    • Meh says:

      Lol they didn’t deserve to win? They flat out beat Seattle in the 4th and Butler put Lockette on his a** to get that ball at the end. It was a battle, well deserved by whoever would have won. You just sound like a sore loser.

    • Travis says:

      The Patriots earned that win and they deserve it. You can say the play call was dumb, but the Patriots had to execute to intercept that to seal the win.

    • Tom…….and the dog would have caught the rabbit if he didn’t stop to crap. There’s no deserve in football. Every team makes bad calls, it’s when you make them that counts!

    • Dude says:

      The Seahawks played the better game but that’s football. You don’t have to play the best game, you just have to score and the Patriots did so they earned it by definition.

    • John NYC says:

      With three downs they had one to burn before trying to stuff it in with runs (20 sec. is not enough time for three run plays), not a bad call at all. Oh and Lynch? This year from a yard out he made 5 tries according to reports: he scored once.

  6. Mary says:

    I didn’t have a horse in the race but really, I was in disbelieve with that play call. I still can’t believe they didn’t have Lynch try to run it in. Sorry Seahawk fans but your offensive coach is a idiot. They got a gift with that catch and threw it away. Oh well one of the best super bowls.

    • Cody Drennen says:

      I dont have a horse in it either, I am a Rams fan and they never make it but I look at it like this. We all knew that it was going to a running play and they figured if they pass it, it would trick them because they would not thing they would do that. Now if the play would of work, everybody would be praising the Seahawks.

      • Mary says:

        I see what you are saying but sorry the last 40 seconds of the game of the year is not the time to take the gamble. If it was the 4th down yes maybe I see it, but you don’t throw the ball dead center with all the defenders around. Probably would of been better if they fake a hand off and Qtr back kept it, Oh well lesson learned.

      • Holly says:

        It doesn’t really work as a “trick” when you line up in a shotgun formation though. That basically screams “We’re going to throw it!”

    • cdhaskell says:

      I still can’t believe that Seahawks loses last night when they almost won the games few second before the end of the game. I got a feeling that this game won’t be forgot for a long time to come.

    • Travis says:

      To be fair, Lynch had run from the 1 yard line five times this season and only scored once. Its easy to second guess now, but the coach probably made the right play call, it just didnt work out.

  7. Mary says:

    Also, who picks the MVP because no way in H..l that Brady should of won that. If anyone should it was the guy who caught the interception .

    • Travis says:

      Without Tom Brady that interception wouldnt matter. Brady however did give the Chevy Colorado he got for winning MVP to Malcolm Butler, the player who got the interception to seal the win.

      • Kristen says:

        Wow that was nice of him! There wasn’t a particular team I was rooting for but what an amazing finish by a rookie!!! That was just incredible😄

  8. Dennis says:

    Katy was amazing!

  9. Jan says:

    The Patriots deserved to win that game! They owned the fourth quarter making up a 10-point deficit to go ahead by four points. That Seattle catch was a fluke. It’s the only reason they were in the red zone. As for the pass instead of having Lynch run, I heard today that Lynch has completed only one out of five in that situation. There wasn’t any guarantee it would have worked. It’s a game of good and bad plays. Patriots won fair and square. Some of the Seahawks were sore losers as evidently displaying on television last night. The deflategate was hogwash.

  10. Travis says:

    114.4 total viewers, most watch broadcast in US history

  11. Tran says:

    I have a feeling that Blacklist should get renewed for a Season Three and beyond but I’m wondering the series is staying put on Thursdays @ 9 next season.

  12. madbengalsfan85 says:

    114m viewers watched Pete Carroll/Darrell Bevell blow it

  13. Karen Vonder Mehden says:

    I guess cheaters win the Superbowl.

  14. edd says:

    that ep of the blacklist was a little to serialized for an episode hoping to grab new viewers.

  15. kenneth says:

    you have to give the Patriots credit, they beat stupid but I am not quite sure if that is a compliment or not

  16. joe says:

    MASH 121.6 million viewers was the most watched ever not this super bowl.. .. please check your facts before you print next time!