Super Bowl Ratings Down For Second-Straight Year
A historic come-from-behind victory by the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night in Super Bowl LI still wasn’t enough to keep the rating number for the big game from declining.
Fox’s telecast was watched by 111.3 million viewers Sunday, racking up an overnight rating of 48.8, which is down slightly from last year’s game, which drew 111.9 million viewers, and a 49.0 rating.
In all, that's a 0.5% decline from the Super Bowl in 2016.
It was also the second-consecutive year that the rating for the Super Bowl has declined, New England’s Super Bowl XLIX win over Seattle in 2015 drawing 49.7 rating.
What that rating represents is the percentage of televisions tuned in. So, the 48.8 ratings means that 48.8% of all Americans televisions were tuned into the Super Bowl.
That's still very impressive, as the previous two Super Bowl drew the highest overnight ratings in the history of the game.
By the way, what were the other 50-plus% television sets tuned in to?
Fox also said they had an additional 1.72 million viewers who watched online.