Super Bowl XLVII Ratings: The Third Best of All-Time
Super Bowl XLVII Ratings: The Third Best of All-Time
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The numbers are in and the 2013 Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers is the third most-watched TV show of all-time.


The Super Bowl pulled in an impressive 108.4 million viewers on average across the night. That's an impressive number, but it's lower than the past two years, both of which set records. It's still enough to keep the Super Bowl in its dominant position at the top of the all-time ratings list for American audiences. The annual event now has the top four spots and eight of the top 10, with the series finales of M*A*S*H* and Cheers as the only other entries, though odds are good that, next year, Cheers will fall out of the top 10.

Here's the new Top 10 list for the most-watched TV programs ever.

Super Bowl XLVI (2012): 111.3 million
Super Bowl XLV (2011): 111 million
Super Bowl XLVII (2013): 108.4 million
Super Bowl XLIV (2010): 106.5 million
M*A*S*H* series finale (1983): 106 million
Super Bowl XLIII (2009): 98.7 million
Super Bowl XLII (2008): 97.5 million
Super Bowl XXX (1996): 94.1 million
Super Bowl XLI (2007): 93.2 million
Cheers series finale (1993): 93.1 million


Additionally, the post-Super Bowl episode of Elementary scored 20.8 million viewers. That's easily the best the freshman drama has over done, but is well below what most post-Super Bowl episodes do. In fact, it's the lowest-rated post-Super Bowl program in 10 years when Alias had under 18 million viewers.

However, the primary reason for this is the late start. Thanks to the power outage, Elementary didn't begin until 11:10pm, more than an hour after it was originally planned. Similarly, when Alias scored low ratings 10 years ago, it was also delayed until after 11pm.

In comparison, last year's post-Super Bowl premiere of The Voice brought in 37.6 million viewers. The last time CBS aired the Super Bowl it launched Undercover Boss with 38.6 million. The last time CBS aired a scripted program was Criminal Minds in 2007 with 26.3 million.


(Image courtesy of CBS)

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