It wasn’t as calamitous as “The Blackout of 2013,” but it was alarming nonetheless. Midway through the second quarter of Super Bowl 52, NBC’s telecast went dark nationwide for nearly 30 seconds during a commercial break.
When the picture returned, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth — the game’s announcers — made no mention of the glitch. Here’s a clip of how it all unfolded:
NBC black screen of Super Bowl ad slot was for 29 seconds. Happened in many markets where local spot was supposed to be inserted. Here’s what it looked like (H/T @ApexMGAnalytics) pic.twitter.com/ItDQzZ5sbt
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 5, 2018
UPDATE: An NBC Sports spokesperson tells TVLine, “We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed.”
Viewers, meanwhile, had plenty to say on social media…
— Shaggy Matt Culbreath (@ThatShaggyMatt) February 5, 2018
— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) February 5, 2018
Okay, raise your hand if you thought black screen was a Super Bowl ad?
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@MiltownBucky) February 5, 2018