Super Bowl 50 Ratings

Super Bowl 50 Draws 111.9 Million Viewers, Ticking Down From Last Year

The early numbers for Super Bowl 50 are in, and they’re humongous (if not record-breaking).

According to fast nationals released by CBS, Denver’s win over Carolina delivered 111.9 million total viewers, down 2 percent from last year’s Patriots/Seahawks match-up (114.4 million) yet standing as the third-most watched program in TV history.

Leading out of the Big Game, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert drew 21.1 million total viewers and a 7.9 demo rating, the franchise’s best numbers since its August 1993 launch. That trails what NBC’s post-game Blacklist did a year ago (25.7 mil) but rivals what Fox’s New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine combo averaged in 2014 (20.7 mil).

Following local news, The Late Late Show With James Corden did 5 mil and a 1.9, marking its biggest audience since the franchise’s 1995 launch.