Saturday, February 24, 2024

Super Bowl Ratings for Patriots-Rams Averaged 80 Million Viewers, A Historic Low But Still, Really, a Lot of People


The Super Bowl ratings are in. It’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the numbers are way down, historically low, and so sound the alarms.

The good news is that they started at 91 million, dropped to 83 million by the end of the game. This means 83 million people were doing the same thing at the same time. I mean, really, with cable, the Kapernick problem, Netflix, and so on, that number still sounds pretty good. That 8 times the number of people who usually watch CBS at that hour.

But the bad news is that around 150 million watched in 2018. Sixty million people had other things to do last night.

Following the Super Bowl, James Corden’s “The World’s Best” scored 26 million viewers. That’s also pretty impressive but most of those people may have just frozen in front of their TVs, driven into a coma, or just snoozed soundly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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