Super Bowl Ratings Lowest in More Than a Decade

Super Bowl Ratings Lowest in More Than a Decade

Last Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast was the lowest-rated since 2008. However, the big game was still by far the highest-rated program of any kind on TV. Read on for details.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

The lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever may have pushed ratings for the game down as well.

The New England Patriots' 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII averaged 98.2 million viewers on CBS. That's a 5 percent decline from the previous year (103.39 million) and the smallest TV-only audience for a Super Bowl since 2008 — "smallest" being a relative term, as nothing else in the world of Nielsen-rated TV comes even within shouting distance of the Super Bowl.

The all-in average for Sunday's game— including streaming on CBS, NFL and Verizon digital platforms and Spanish-language broadcast and streaming from ESPN Deportes — is 100.7 million. The various streams had an average minute audience of 2.6 million, up 30 percent from 2 million last year. Streaming also accounted for a slightly larger percentage of the total audience: 2.6 percent vs. 1.9 percent a year ago.

Following the game and post-game festivities, the premiere of The World's Best delivered 22.2 million viewers, at the lower end of post-Super Bowl shows over the past 20 years. The audience is about 18 percent smaller than that of NBC's This Is Us (26.98 million) after the 2018 Super Bowl.

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