Despite preliminary ratings indicating that last night’s Super Bowl was the higest-rated Super Bowl ever — and the highest-rated TV broadcast ever — updated ratings tell a different story. In fact, Nielsen numbers demonstrate the match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers attracted 108.41 million total viewers — a powerful number, but 3 million shy of the 111.3 million who tuned in last year.
As a result, Super Bowl XLVII will go down in the record books as the third-most-watched broadcast in American TV history, following Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLV, which rank as No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
Meanwhile, the long delay brought about the the loss of power in New Orleans’ Super Dome proved to be bad news for Elementary, which CBS was hoping would get a huge post-game bump in viewership. On one hand, CBS reports the episode garnered a total audience of more than 20 million, making that episode the season’s highest-rated entertainment broadcast in all the key demos; on the other hand, this is significantly fewer viewers than tuned in to last year’s post-game broadcast, NBC’s The Voice, which racked up more than 37 million.