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.

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17 Comments
  1. Bryan says:

    remember when shows get ratings half as that? haha

  2. ninamags says:

    The game was bad, the commercials were horrible. What a waste of time, for me, personally. The only good part was early on. The intro of all the Super Bowl MVP’s (Troy! Emmitt!) and Lady Gaga’s National Anthem.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    We popped in a movie at the end of the third quarter then went back at about the two minute warning. Boring boring boring and there was not one good commercial. Top three moments 1. Denver won 2. Lady Gaga was better than fantastic 3. The halftime show

  4. kmw says:

    The commercials weren’t that great but I don’t know what people thought they were going to get with the game. Both teams have great defenses and both defenses showed up last night so I guess from that sense it was boring. You are going to get a sloppy game when you have great defenses like that. Neither quarterback was super last night but Denver did enough to win. No matter if numbers are less than last year they are still huge numbers anyway

    • Wendy says:

      Absolutely. Great defenses don’t excite everybody, but they win. I didn’t find that boring at all (as a Broncos fan.) But the commercials, yikes. A talking intestine?

  5. CactusRose says:

    I sort of watched the game. Just wanted Peyton to win and go out in style. And I wanted Cam to lose. Arrogant people like him should not get a big Super Bowl win. Half time show was so-so. Cold Play is not a “rock the house” kind of band. Luckily, they had Bruno Mars. He stole the show – what a talented guy! All that said, please stop with all the stupid ads on this site. I know they pay the bills, but it takes FOREVER to load the entire page so you can keep scrolling down and reading.

  6. Mr. Tran K says:

    Three things I enjoy about last night’s Super Bowl: Broncos win (if Peyton Manning retires), Lady Gaga singing the national anthem and the halftime show with Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars. The post big game showing of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert did OK but The Late Late Show with James Corden was much better than Colbert’s. If only CBS would have chosen Scorpion or any other show on the Eye network that would have been great candidates for the post Super Bowl spot. With Fox now doing next year’s big game, which shows would be a great fit for the post Super Bowl episode?

  7. Maria says:

    I’ve been following Peyton’s career since he played at UT. What a ride!! So happy to see the Broncos win!

  8. Kris says:

    Couple of errors:

    1) In the first paragraph you say the game delivered 11.9 million viewers instead of 111.9 million.

    2) Last year’s game was Patriots/Seahawks, not Patriots/Saints.

    :)

  9. Jim Murray says:

    All we heard for the last 2 weeks was how good, no great Cam Newton was. Not exactly what I saw last night.

  10. Carla Krae says:

    PLEASE cut down on the ads on the site. They’ve slowed it down SO much. Especially the videos that autoplay!

  11. Timmah says:

    I remember the days when Super Bowl commercials were imaginative and clever. But the memory becomes more faded with every year that passes.

  12. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Go PATS!!!

  13. Elvis85 says:

    Downton Abbey was good.