Combine a nail-biting game with a power outage -- and toss in a hyped halftime performance by Beyonce -- and you're likely to score some big ratings. An estimated 108.4 million people watched the Super Bowl -- a huge number -- but making it fall short of setting the fourth straight viewership record. According to CBS, CBS Television Network's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII "was watched by a Nielsen estimated average of 108.41 million viewers, making it the third-most-watched program in television history (Super Bowl XLVI - 111.3 million; Super Bowl XLV - 111.0 million)." The Nielsen Company said Monday that the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the third most-viewed program in television history. Both the 2010 and 2011 games hit the 111 million mark.
Super Bowl XLVII falls short of ratings record
CBS Sports | Feb 4