UPDATED: Contrary to early returns, the game ends up topping the 2012 outing by 200,000 viewers to become the biggest show ever to air on U.S. TV.
Looks like I was wrong again, it’s good thing I didn’t go on record with my predictions. Contrary to my expectation, the Superbowl had record-breaking viewership. Based on the lopsided score by half time, I assumed many viewers would tune out (as often happens in blowout games) so, the advertisers should be happy.
Michael O’Connell reports: Final ratings are in for the 2014 Super Bowl — and, contrary to early returns, which saw the game ranking fifth all-time, the NFL season finale ended up being the biggest to date. An average 111.5 million viewers tuned in to see the Seattle Seahawks blow the Denver Broncos out of the water, making it the most watched Super Bowl and the most watched program in U.S. television history.
That’s up 3 million from last year’s Super Bowl, which averaged 108.4 million viewers. That game, between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, though close, suffered an audience drop when a power outage halted the game for 30 minutes.