Pittsburgh and Buffalo (Not Boston and Atlanta) Are Tops For Early Super Bowl Ratings

By Chris Ariens 

We’ll get several ratings reports throughout the day measuring last night’s Super Bowl on Fox. But according to Nielsen metered market ratings, Pittsburgh’s Fox 53 led all local markets with a 57.9 rating / 78 share of audience for last night’s stunning come-from-behind Patriots win over the Falcons.

Viewers in Buffalo, watching on Fox 29, had the second-most interest in the game with a 57.2 rating / 78 share. Atlanta’s Fox 5 averaged (57.0/82) followed by Norfolk (55.9/75), Richmond (55.7/73), and Milwaukee (54.8/75).

Providence (54.6/78) and Boston (54.3/81), the two markets that consider the Patriots the hometown team, came in 7th and 8th among the 56 largest U.S. markets. Indianapolis (54.1/75) and Minneapolis (54.0/78) rounded out the top 10.

Nationally, Super Bowl LI delivered a 48.8/72 metered market household rating/share, up 3 percent over the last Super Bowl on FOX, 2014’s Seattle Seahawks-Denver Broncos championship.