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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, February 3, 2008

A record audience tuned in to watch the New York Giants do the improbable and defeat the New England Patriots 17-14 and end their pursuit of perfection, in one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 36.5/55 household rating/share, 79.48 million viewers and a 31.4/62 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.9/6 HH Rating/Share [#3]
    • 6.26M Viewers [#3]
    • 2.8/7 A18-49 Rating [#2]
  • The following numbers, Fox only, are based on the final numbers. 97.45 million makes this Super Bowl the most-watched of all time, eclipsing the prior record of 94.08 million for Super Bowl XXX between the Cowboys and Steelers.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Super Bowl XLII: New England Patriots vs. NY Giants (43.1/65 HH rating/share, 97.45M viewers, 37.5/73 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis vs. Chicago – February 4, 2007 – 7:00-10:04):
      • Households – 42.6/64 to 43.1/65
      • Viewers – 93.18M to 97.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 35.2/70 to 37.5/73
    • Last week’s numbers (The Simpsons – 8:00):
      • Households – 4.4/7
      • Viewers – 7.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9
    • Last week’s numbers (American Dad – 9:30):
      • Households – 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 6.16M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/7
  • 10:12 p.m.: Super Bowl XLII: Postgame (30.1/47 HH rating/share, 63.93M viewers, 26.6/54 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (Super Bowl XLI: Postgame – February 4, 2007 – 10:04-10:27):
      • Households – 28.1/44 to 30.1/47
      • Viewers – 57.34M to 63.93M
      • Adults 18-49 – 22.8/48 to 26.6/54
  • 10:38 p.m.: House (15.7/27 HH rating/share, 29.05M viewers, 12.9/31 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Super Bowl Lead-Out Comparison (Grey’s Anatomy – February 5, 2006 – time):
      • Households – 21.0/34
      • Viewers – 37.88M
      • Adults 18-49 – 16.5/34
    • Super Bowl Lead-Out Comparison (Criminal Minds – February 4, 2007 – 10:27-11:27):
      • Households – 15.1/26
      • Viewers – 26.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 10.0/25
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Tuesday, January 29, 2008):
      • Households – 12.9/19 to 15.7/27
      • Viewers – 22.56M to 29.05M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.7/20 to 12.9/31

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 3.2/5 household rating/share and 4.66 million viewers, but fell into a tie for third place among adults 18-49 with a 0.8/2 rating/share.

  • Last Week
    • 8.4/13 HH Rating/Share [#1]
    • 12.74M Viewers [#1]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 Rating [#3]
  • 7:00 p.m.: CBS Reports: Fathers, Sons & Brothers (2.4/4 HH rating/share, 3.37M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of 60 Minutes (3.4/5 HH rating/share, 4.99M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (60 Minutes – 7:00-8:00):
      • Households – 9.5/15
      • Viewers – 14.48M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Shark (3.0/4 HH rating/share, 4.25M viewers, 0.7/1 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Russell Girl – 9:00-11:00):
      • Households – 8.6/13
      • Viewers – 12.73M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/5
  • 10:00 p.m.: And a repeat of Cold Case (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.06M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 2.4/4 household rating/share and 3.92 million viewers, but managed a stronger second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.2/2 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.9/9 HH Rating/Share [#2]
    • 10.02M Viewers [#2]
    • 3.7/9 A18-49 Rating [#1]
  • 7:00 p.m.: A repeat of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.1/3 HH rating/share, 3.29M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (America’s Funniest Home Videos):
      • Households – 4.5/7
      • Viewers – 8.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.5/4 HH rating/share, 4.17M viewers, 1.1/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 8:00-10:00):
      • Households – 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 13.55M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.1/12
  • 9:00 p.m.: And a repeat of the film Meet the Fockers (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 4.12M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share).

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 1.5/2 household rating/share and 2.30 million viewers, and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 0.8/2 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/5 HH Rating/Share [#4]
    • 5.53M Viewers [#4]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 Rating [#4]
  • 7:00 p.m.: Two back-to-back (2 hours each) of The Biggest Loser (1.5/2 HH rating/share, 2.30M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (US Figure Skating Championship: Men’s Skating – 7:00-9:00):
      • Households – 3.1/5
      • Viewers – 4.79M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.8/2
    • Last week’s numbers (Guinness: Top 100 World Records – 9:00-11:00)
      • Households – 3.7/6
      • Viewers – 6.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/5

The CW was left in fifth place with a 0.5/1 household rating/share, 0.62 million viewers and a 0.2/0 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 0.6/1 HH Rating/Share [#5]
    • 0.93M Viewers [#5]
    • 0.4/1 A18-49 Rating [#5]
  • 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.: CW Now (0.3/0 HH rating/share, 349,000 viewers, 0.1/0 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of Aliens in America (0.3/0 HH rating/share, 435,000 viewers, 0.1/0 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (CW Now):
      • Households – 0.5/1 to 0.3/0
      • Viewers – 0.76M to 0.35M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.3/1 to 0.1/0
  • 8:00 p.m.: A new episode of Life is Wild (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 749,000 viewers, 0.2/0 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 0.8/1 to 0.6/1
      • Viewers – 1.11M to 0.75M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.4/1 to 0.2/0
  • 9:00 p.m.: And that was followed by another repeat of Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 727,000 viewers, 0.2/0 A18-49 rating/share).
GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “Super Bowl XLII” will be reported in next weeks report for Sunday, February 10, 2008.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback

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  • matt

    ok life is wild is already struggling but whoin their right mind sheduled a new episode against the ratings mammoth of the superbowl?? surely the CW should have just had a repeat in there!

  • matt

    ok life is wild is already struggling but whoin their right mind sheduled a new episode against the ratings mammoth of the superbowl?? surely the CW should have just had a repeat in there!

  • Mike

    Does anyone know where I can find the ratings for the NHL broadcast on NBC on Sunday afternoon? An obscure request, I know, but any help is appreciated.

  • Mike

    Does anyone know where I can find the ratings for the NHL broadcast on NBC on Sunday afternoon? An obscure request, I know, but any help is appreciated.

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com/ Russ T.C.

    Hi, Mike. I should have responded sooner, but I wanted to wait until the ratings numbers were available.

    TVWeek, every week, releases a chart showing ratings for all national sports shows. The chart for Jan. 28-Feb. 3 is out, and here are the ratings that you were seeking:

    Households – 0.8 Rating
    Adults 18-49 – 0.7 Rating

    You can find this week’s chart at their website here.

    Additional sources include Media Life Magazine, which has a top 30, but they are a week behind (week ending Jan 27th can be found here at the bottom of the article). And Zap2It also keeps track of ratings, but again, they are a week behind (they have week ending Jan. 27th up right now).

    Basically, TVWeek is slightly more up-to-date and includes cable networks in some cases, while Media Life Magazine and Zap2It are more detailed and don’t include cable networks. All three are excellent sources though.

    Russ

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com Russ T.C.

    Hi, Mike. I should have responded sooner, but I wanted to wait until the ratings numbers were available.

    TVWeek, every week, releases a chart showing ratings for all national sports shows. The chart for Jan. 28-Feb. 3 is out, and here are the ratings that you were seeking:

    Households – 0.8 Rating
    Adults 18-49 – 0.7 Rating

    You can find this week’s chart at their website here.

    Additional sources include Media Life Magazine, which has a top 30, but they are a week behind (week ending Jan 27th can be found here at the bottom of the article). And Zap2It also keeps track of ratings, but again, they are a week behind (they have week ending Jan. 27th up right now).

    Basically, TVWeek is slightly more up-to-date and includes cable networks in some cases, while Media Life Magazine and Zap2It are more detailed and don’t include cable networks. All three are excellent sources though.

    Russ