NBC’s Super Bowl Win (Everyone Knows About the Olympics Now, Right?)


The Eagles’ victory wasn’t secure until one last, desperate heave by Tom Brady fell to the turf at the end of regulation.

Ben Solomon for The New York Times

MINNEAPOLIS — A compelling, high-scoring game between teams from major markets that isn’t decided until the final couple of minutes is what television executives dream of when they pay hundreds of millions of dollars for the rights to broadcast the Super Bowl. That is exactly what NBC got Sunday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ thrilling 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots earned a preliminary 47.4 overnight rating, down 3 percent from New England’s comeback win over Atlanta last year. When final numbers come out, they will confirm that more than 100 million viewers watched the game on average, by far the largest television audience since last year’s Super Bowl.

Perhaps the only disappointments from the game were Justin Timberlake’s critically panned halftime performance and a brief blackout during a second-quarter commercial break that NBC blamed on an “equipment failure.”

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