Early Ratings: Super Bowl Is 5th-Best Despite Worst Blowout Since '93

Early Ratings: Super Bowl Is 5th-Best Despite Worst Blowout Since '93

Big Game earns lowest rating in the metered markets since 2010

Super Bowl XLVIII earned the game‘s fifth-best overnight rating of all-time, despite Sunday's contest being the worst blowout since 1993.

The game earned a 47.6 rating, 70 share in the 56 metered markets, according to the very early metric. That number represents a one percent decrease from last year's 48.1/71 for Ravens vs. 49ers on CBS, and also the lowest in four years, since 2010's Saints vs. Colts matchup resulted in a 46.4/68.

The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos from opening kickoff to final whistle on Sunday, with the scoreboard reading 43-8 when the game mercifully concluded.

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Here are the top 10-rated markets from Super Bowl Sunday:
Kansas City:  58.1/78
Seattle 56.7/92
Indianapolis:  53.9/74
New Orleans: 53.2/72
Tulsa: 52.9/71
Las Vegas: 52.5/75
Portland: 52.4/82
Knoxville: 52.3/68
Jacksonville: 52.0/68
Denver: 51.4/83

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Host market New York City earned a 50.5/70, its best Super Bowl rating since Super Bowl XXI in 1987 (53.4).

The game actually took place in East Rutherford, N.J., at the New York Giants/New York Jets’ shared MetLife Stadium.

Fast national ratings are expected this afternoon.