Despite Blackout, Super Bowl Scores Record Ratings

Niners’ comeback keeps CBS, sponsors in the pink

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Despite a 34-minute power outage that left CBS scrambling to impose order in New Orleans, the preliminary ratings suggest that last night’s Super Bowl may be the most-watched in history.

According to Nielsen fast national data, CBS’ broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII averaged a 48.3 household rating/71 share, up a tick from last year’s record 47.8/71. But those preliminary numbers are freighted with an asterisk, as the ratings service effectively wiped clear the time period roughly coinciding with the blackout (8:45 p.m.

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