Some Super Bowl TV numbers

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UPDATED: Monday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m.

NBC reports a 42.1 overnight rating and 65 share for the Neilsen response to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII coverage. That’s actually a bit down from a year ago — New England-N.Y. Giants did a 44.7, for obvious reasons. Yet, in 18 of the last 20 Super Bowls, it’s had an overnight rating of 40.0 or better.

It’s ratings gold.

Total viewership turned out to be a 95.4 million average and a 147 million total, making it third-most watched TV broadcast in history, behind that 1983 CBS series finale of “MASH” (106 million) and last year’s Super Bowl XLII on Fox (97.5 million).

The highest-rated game remains the 1982 San Francisco-Cincinnati contest (Super Bowl XVI) — 49.1 — thanks to a blizzard that locked up most of the northeast. A sunny day in Southern California… that didn’t help locally. L.A. only had a 35.3 rating and 63 share.

The top markets for overnight ratings (noting L.A. didn’t make the Top 25 cut):

1. Pittsburgh: 53.6/79
2. Norfolk, Va.: 52.6/72
3. Jacksonville, Fla.: 50.6/71
4. Buffalo: 50.4/68
5. Richmond, Va.: 49.3/67
6. Tampa, Fla.:49.2/70
7. Ft. Myers, Fla.: 48.1/68
8. Cleveland: 47.7/69
9. Phoenix: 47.5/80
10. Indianapolis: 47.4/65

11. Nashville: 47.2/66
12. Washington D.C.: 46.7/70
13. Columbus: 46.5/67
14. Orlando: 46.4/66
15. Memphis: 46.3/63
16. Philadelphia: 46.2/65
17. New Orleans: 45.7/63
18. Knoxville: 45.2/58
19. Baltimore: 45.0/63
T20. Denver: 44.7/76
T20. Las Vegas: 44.7/68
T20. Greensboro: 44.7/63

T23. Charlotte: 44.6/63
T23. Greenville: 44.6/60
25. St. Louis: 44.5/69

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