Super Bowl sets ratings record, N.O. second highest rated market

Super Bowl sets ratings record, N.O. second highest rated market

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Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy following their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


Posted on February 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 12:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers has set a record for highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history.

The Nielsen company reported the game scored a 48.1 rating and 71 share in its select measurement of big cities. That's 1 percent over a similar measurement in last year's game.

For three years in a row, the Super Bowl has set a new record for most-watched event in U.S. television history. Nielsen is expected to have an estimate of how many people watched the game later on Monday.

One ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share means that 71 percent of TVs that were on at the time were tuned to the Super Bowl.

Top 10 highest rated metered markets: 

  1. Baltimore
  2. New Orleans
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Norfolk
  5. Dayton
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. Indianapolis
  8. Richmond-Petersburg
  9. Milwaukee
  10. Jacksonville