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Super Bowl Gives NBC Most-Watched Week Since 2010

10 February 2018

A new metric from Nielsen, which began previous year, focuses on out-of-home viewing.

Super Bowl LII attracted the fewest viewers since 98.7 million watched the Steelers edge the Cardinals in 2009. New England, NBC, 103.39 million; "Super Bowl Post-Game", NBC, 73.45 million; "This is Us", NBC, 26.97 million.

NBC's coverage of Super Bowl LII gave it its most- watched week during the official television season since 2010 even though the game drew its smallest audience since 2009. CBS was No. 2 in the demo with a 1.1 but won over the most viewers with 10.8 million. Despite featuring what sports analysts proclaimed to be one of the most exciting championship games in years, right down to a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback win by the Philadelphia Eagles, Nielsen now estimates the TV audience at 103.4 million viewers, the smallest audience for a Super Bowl of the decade. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 14.7 million; "Young Sheldon", CBS, 12.92 million; "State of the Union", Fox News, 11.72 million; "State of the Union Analysis", Fox News, 10.51 million; "State of the Union Preview", Fox News, 9.95 million; "Blue Bloods", CBS, 9.32 million; "Mom", CBS, 9.11 million.

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While NBC's entertainment division will be very happy with these numbers, NBC Sports execs have to be a tad bummed about the numbers for the game itself. "Lethal Weapon" at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 4.4 million viewers.

Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 13th consecutive week, averaging 1.42 million viewers.

The heavily-serialized drama was never going to get an instant linear lift from all of the extra exposure - 30.9 million viewers with live-plus-1-day returns, which is now apparently a thing! - but it did inch up by two-tenths of a point in the key demo for a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49.

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NBC said that TV viewership peaked in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' tense, 41-33 triumph over the Patriots, with 112.3 million tuning in from 10 to 10:15 p.m.

Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.75 million viewers in prime time. The CW averaged a 0.7 and 2.1 million viewers.

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Super Bowl Gives NBC Most-Watched Week Since 2010