BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- A power outage that plunged half the Superdome into darkness and stopped game play for 34 minutes put a damper on Sunday’s Super Bowl ratings in News Orleans, Louisiana, which came in behind the 2012 and ’11 games, making it the third most watched broadcast in TV history.
An average of 108.4 million people watched Sunday’s game, which morphed from a pre-blackout walkover into a post-blackout squeaker in which the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
This is a number any TV producer would kill for, but it’s down, year to year, compared to the estimated 111.4 million people who’d watched the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots at the 2012 Super Bowl; it’s also shy of the 111 million who’d watched the Super Bowl game in ’11.
The highest-rated period during Sunday's Super Bowl occurred from 10:30 p.m. to 10:47 p.m., when the game came down to the wire and the Ravens were able to hold off a furious second-half comeback by the 49ers to win 34-31.
CBS said that over those 17 minutes, an average of 113.92 million viewers were tuned in.
The Super Bowl, which determines the NFL champion for the 2012 season, is broadcast live in more than 180 countries and in more than 30 different languages. (Source: agencies)