After a massive ratings rebound during the 2018 regular season and throughout the post-season SuperBowl LIII fell a little flat. The Patriots beating the Rams 13-3 scored a 44.9/68 in metered market results.
That's a decline of over 5.2% from the big NFL battle of February 4, 2018 on NBC in the first round of ratings. On a larger playing field, that metered market result for yesterday’s game is the worst the Super Bowl has done in the early numbers since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals on February 1, 2009.
Yesterday’s Super Bowl is also down a bit over 8% from the metered markets of the last time CBS had the game three years ago.
Super Bowl 50 saw the Denver Broncos top the Carolina Panthers 24-10, in 2016, that eventually resulted in 111.9 million viewers and the honor at the time of being the third most watched show in U.S. TV history.
Here are the Top 5 Super Bowl metered market ratings ever.
1) 2015: 49.7 – Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
2) 2016: 49.0 – Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers (CBS)
3) 2017: 48.8 – Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons (Fox)
4) 2013: 48.1 – Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers (CBS)
5) 2011: 47.9 – Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Fox)