Despite Thrilling Comeback, Super Bowl Produces Lower Ratings Than Previous Two Games
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons were the first teams to ever go into overtime in a Super Bowl, but even that didn’t translate into high ratings.
According to Nielsen, the Super Bowl on Sunday had a 48.8 overnight rating, down from last year’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, which had a 49 overnight rating. Last year’s Super Bowl was the third most-watched with 111.9 million viewers. (RELATED: Lady Gaga Just Performed During Halftime At The Super Bowl, And It Was Barely Political)
The final numbers from Sunday’s game will be in Monday afternoon.
Most viewers thought the game was over as the Falcons took an early 21-0 lead, but then Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter — with two two-point conversions — to tie everything up and take the teams into overtime.
The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (RELATED:The Outcome Of The Super Bowl Reminded A Lot Of People Of The Presidential Election)