‘Puppy Bowl XIV’ Fetches All-Time TV Ratings High (Exclusive)

Animal Planet’s annual Super Bowl Sunday special adopts more than 3 million total viewers

Last Updated: February 5, 2018 @ 12:53 PM

Super Bowl LII may not have broken any viewership records, but Animal Planet’s cuddly counter-programming “Puppy Bowl XIV” sure did.

With a 1.46 rating among adults 25-54, Sunday’s 3-5 p.m. ET premiere telecast marked the highest-rated “Puppy Bowl” ever, TheWrap has learned. That Nielsen number is a massive (err, a Great Dane-sized?) 32 percent better than last year’s version.

“XIV” rolled over the Discovery cable channel’s previous franchise record-holder, “Puppy Bowl X,” by 17 percent. We’ll save you the finger-counting — that one aired back in 2014. As a matter of fact, yesterday’s “Puppy Bowl” was the channel’s No. 3-rated telecast ever.

In terms of overall audience members, the “Puppy Bowl XIV” premiere earned 3.05 million total viewers. Though that metric is not a new record (“Puppy Bowl X” took 3.25 million total viewers on a walk in 2014), it was 24 percent more than 2017’s 2.5 million tally.

Good boys (and girls).

TheWrap attended “Puppy Bowl XIV” — read our recap of what we saw (and petted) at the taping here.