The early numbers for Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, broadcast by CBS, rank the game at near-record levels, Media Life Magazine reports.
The game, in which the Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in what many observers believe will be legendary quarterback Peyton Manning’s final NFL game, averaged a 49.0 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets, according to figures released this morning by CBS.
“That was behind only last year’s contest on NBC, which posted a 49.7 metered-market household rating. Overnight records go back to 1976,” Media Life notes.
Super Bowl 50 delivered a 73 share, indicating that almost three-quarters of households watching TV were tuned in to the game.
Viewership totals will be in later today, and it remains up for grabs whether Sunday’s game will beat the record of 114.4 million for last year’s game.