Actual viewership numbers could very well turn out to be ahead of last year’s game, when the final tally comes in.
To note: when Fox viewership comes in later today, Pats-Falcons could end up above last year's Broncos-Panthers. VERY close in overnights.— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) February 6, 2017
Lots of people tuned in to the overtime, though.
The overnight ratings are a measure of television viewership in 56 major U.S. markets, representing about 70 percent of the country. They give a good indication of what the final ratings will be when the entire country is measured. A TV rating itself is a measure of how many people tuned in, while share measures the percentage of television sets that were tuned in.
According to Michael Mulvihill of Fox Sports, Boston was not in the top five biggest markets for the game even though the Patriots emerged victorious. It’s the third time in four years that the highest-rated market wasn’t one of the participating cities, he said.
Top five markets for SB51:— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) February 6, 2017
1. Pittsburgh - 57.9
2. Buffalo - 57.2
3. Atlanta - 57.0
4. Norfolk - 55.9
5. Richmond - 55.7
Second five markets for SB51:— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) February 6, 2017
6. Milwaukee - 54.8
7. Providence - 54.6
8. Boston - 54.3
9. Indianapolis - 54.1
10t. Minn / Harrford - 54.0
Once again, it looks as if the halftime show will pull a better number than the game itself.
50.0 overnight rating for the SB halftime with Lady Gaga. If it holds up in final ratings, will be 4th straight year halftime outrates game.— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) February 6, 2017
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