This in from CBS. We’re learning that despite a blackout and a studio crew vamping for 35 minutes, Super Bowl XLVII set an overnight ratings record. If this holds for the final rating, we may be on the way to a viewership record which would surprise your humble blogger. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves right now.
The rating comes from CBS and CBS News.
JUST IN: @cbs says last night’s game was the highest rated Super Bowl in history–an average overnight household rating/share of 48.1/71
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 4, 2013
That’s an astounding number. This means that despite the blackout and a 28-6 game at the time the lights went out in New Orleans, people stayed throughout the broadcast. We’ll see what this means when the final numbers are released later.