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Super Bowl gets 47.8 rating -- great, but not best

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin holds

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a news conference after NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17. (Feb. 6, 2012) Credit: AP

Super Bowl XLVI got a 47.8 rating last night, which  means- that this incredible game will NOT be the highest rated Super Bowl ever, but ...who cares! This did turn out to be the most viewed broadcast in history, and in fact, the most viewed TV show in history, according to figures released this afternnon. (Ratings? XLVI will have to settle for third place; this figure, by the way, was just under one percent below last year.)

Here are just-the-facts-ma'am from the NBC release:

Super Bowl XLVI, in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17, earned a 47.8/71 overnight rating/share last night on NBC, the third-highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history and less than one percent off the highest (47.9 for both Super Bowl XLV and Super Bowl XXI), according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The 47.8/71 is seven percent higher than Super Bowl XLII on Fox when the Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14. The overnight rating is 14 percent higher than the last Super Bowl on NBC (Super Bowl XLIII, Steelers 27, Cardinals 23) and higher than any of NBC’s previous 11 Super Bowls in which there were metered markets. Tops all other Super Bowls involving the Giants and Patriots in Nielsen People Meter History (Since 1988).

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