The Super Bowl always trumps the ratings for American television on the big night, and most other networks usually don't even bother trying to put on anything interesting to draw viewers away from the big game. It was no different for this season's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, though there were no viewership records even though the game was between two huge market teams.
It's being reported that the Super Bowl Sunday night got a very impressive 47.8 rating, which is down a single decimal point from last season's Green Bay - Pittsburgh thriller. Interestingly, the ratings went up all the way as far as 48.3 during the halftime show which featured Madonna, LMFAO and Cee Lo Green among others.
Even if those numbers aren't setting any viewership records you would be hard pressed to find any other television programs that would look at those numbers and not take them in a heartbeat.
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