The Super Bowl fell short of setting a viewership record Sunday, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history history. The...
The Super Bowl fell short of setting a viewership record Sunday, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.
The Nielsen Co. said an estimated 108.4 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The most-watched events in U.S. TV history were last year’s game, seen by 111.3 million, and the 2010 game, with 111 million viewers.
CBS had hoped to make it the fourth year in a row that football’s ultimate game broke the record for most-watched event in American television history.
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The coveted Vince Lombardi trophy made by Tiffany and Co. and worth more than $25,000 is safe and sound in the Ravens’ possession back in Baltimore.
There was a short time Sunday night when the Super Bowl champions were concerned about where it was.
As it turned out, it was safely accounted for on the Ravens’ private airplane charter, where it had been placed for safekeeping.
Harbaugh brought it with him to a news conference Monday morning at the Super Bowl media center, and players were tweeting photos of the trophy, including linebackers Ray Lewis and Brendon Ayanbadejo, on the flight home Monday afternoon.
The Ravens have a trophy case in their lobby reserved for this ultimate NFL prize.
“We hadn’t seen this (trophy) since (Sunday) night,” Harbaugh said. “We thought we lost it. It was quite a night last night, and I’m just proud of our team, proud of our coaches and our players and, most of all, happy for the people in Baltimore.”
• Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl.
The Gaming Control Board says unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the action. The San Francisco 49ers started out as a 5-point favorite but the Baltimore Ravens won 34-31.
Odds makers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and northern Nevada with wagers on the hometown team. The 49ers hadn’t been in a Super Bowl since 1995.
The previous Nevada record was set in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million.
Casinos say they lost big on proposition bets, including a longshot on whether there would be a safety. Casinos paid out at 9-1 for the safety. Fans who bet that the 49ers’ final score would be on a safety cashed in at 50-1.
As for next year’s Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos and 49ers are favored at 5-1. New England and Green Bay are 7-1 with the Seahawks, Houston and Baltimore at 10-1.
• Baltimore is in party-planning mode a day after the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city’s parade for the team will begin at City Hall on Tuesday morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.
The lineup was still being finalized as the team arrived back in Maryland on Monday afternoon.
The parade will culminate in a celebration at the stadium about 12:30 p.m. local time, featuring celebrity entertainers, and, of course, the team.
• Next up, an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It’s likely temperatures could dip into the 20s or below. (The coldest Super Bowl was 39 degrees in 1972, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.) Then again, some of the league’s greatest games were played in the cold.