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111.5 Million Viewers Watch on Average;
New Record Surpasses 111.3 for Super Bowl XLVI
FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is Most-Watched
Super Bowl Pregame Show since Post-9/11
Game is Also Most-Viewed Live Stream Ever for Single Sports Event
New York – The Seattle Seahawks dominant performance in Super Bowl XLVIII, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8, the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl in 21 years, was watched by an average audience of 111.5 million people, more than any television program in U.S. history, surpassing the previous mark of 111.3 million set by a much more closely contested Super Bowl XLVI (New York Giants-New England Patriots) on NBC. The game is also now the most-watched program ever on FOX, breaking the 111.0 million viewer mark the network set for Super Bowl XLV (Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers). Three of the last four Super Bowls set average viewership records.
Super Bowl XLVIII posted a 46.4/69, matching the household rating and share for Super Bowl XLVII (Baltimore-San Francisco) a year ago, according to fast national figures issued today by Nielsen, and both, along with Super Bowl XVIII and XIX tie, as the seventh highest-rated Super Bowls ever.
Interest in the game, the first Super Bowl ever played in an outdoor, cold-weather location, and the nation’s No. 1 media market, was unprecedented. The rating at kickoff, 44.5/70, ranks as the highest on record, and +12% over the kickoff rating a year ago, suggesting that a more competitive game would have resulted in even higher viewership. Ratings climbed through the first half and peaked at a 47.9/71 from 7:30-8:00 PM ET as Seattle established a commanding 22-0 halftime lead. Viewership remained impressively high through the fourth quarter despite the fact that Seattle had the game well in hand. The game earned a 44.0/63 from 9:30-conclusion, meaning that even in the closing minutes the rating was only 5% lower than it was for the entire game.
The record-breaking trend also extended to the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW, with 115.3 million viewers watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform. That figure surpasses the 110.8 million delivered by Beyonce last year and the prior record of 114.0 million set by Madonna two years ago.
Live coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII was also available in the U.S. on a Spanish language channel, FOX Deportes, for the first time ever and on digital platforms via FOX Sports GO and FOXSports.com. FOX Deportes averaged 561,000 viewers, the most-watched non-soccer sports event in Spanish cable history. The live stream averaged 528,000 viewers to become the most-watched live stream of a single sports event in history. The contributions of FOX Deportes and the new media outlets raise total viewing of the Super Bowl on an average minute basis to 112.6 million viewers. (Streaming information reported by Adobe Analytics.)
Locally, Kansas City led all markets with a 58.1/78, followed by Seattle (56.7/92, the market’s best Super Bowl performance ever), 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) while Denver (51.4/83) and Tampa (51.4/71) round out the Top 10. Host market New York delivered a 50.5, its best Super Bowl rating since 1987 (Super Bowl XXI: Giants vs. Broncos, 53.4).
The SUPER BOWL PREGAME SHOW rose to a 12-year high by averaging a 12.0/22 and 23.1 million viewers from 2:00 PM to kickoff (6:33 PM ET). Yesterday’s 12.0/22 is a +20% improvement over last year’s 10.0/20 for CBS’s Super Bowl pregame, and pregame viewing peaked at a 31.1/52 and 68.4 million viewers from 6:00 PM ET to kickoff.
Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday goes down as one of the biggest nights of prime time in FOX history. FOX’s prime time (7:00 – 11:00 PM ET) averaged 94.6 million viewers, the second most-watched night in FOX’s 27-year history (2/6/11, the night of Super Bowl XLV, 100.9 million viewers). In addition to the Super Bowl itself, FOX got powerful performances from the Super Bowl post-game show (65.4 million) NEW GIRL (25.8 million) and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (14.8 million). FOX Research now projects that when final Sunday numbers for all networks become available tomorrow, FOX will leap past NBC to take over the top spot in the 2013-14 Adults 18-49 ratings race season to date. FOX is projected to average a 2.9 for the season-to-date in Adults 18-49 to NBC’s 2.8.
Social media was ablaze before, during and after Super Bowl XLVIII with 25.3 million total tweets composed by 5.6 million authors. The most active moments during the game were Percy Harvin’s kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half (429,000 tweets), the conclusion of the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers halftime performance (424,000) and MVP Malcolm Smith’s interception return for a touchdown (300,000). Following the game, activity about the Super Bowl peaked at over 500,000 tweets shortly after 10:00 PM ET.
Super Bowl XLVIII caps a history-making year in the two-decade history of FOX Sports. Over the last 12 months FOX has posted viewership increases for every one of its marquee events including the Daytona 500, MLB All-Star Game, League Championship Series, World Series, Big Ten Championship, NFL regular season, NFC Playoffs and now the single most-watched show of all time, Super Bowl XLVIII, with all of this coming alongside successful launches of FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, and FOX Sports Go.
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The night before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks kick off Super Bowl XLVIII, the National Football League handed out 18 awards at “3rd Annual NFL Honors” – a two-hour primetime awards special that saluted the best players, performances and plays from the 2013 season. The show aired nationally on Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. (ET) on FOX.
Peyton Manning and Le Sean Mc Coy Named 2013 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year at “3rd Annual NFL Honors”
Denver and Philadelphia Junior Achievement Offices to Each Receive $25,000 Grants from FedEx in Honor of Winning Players
Denver Broncos quarterback PEYTON MANNING and Philadelphia Eagles running back LE SEAN MC COY won FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, FedEx and the National Football League announced tonight during “3rd Annual NFL Honors” awards show – a two-hour primetime special that airs nationally on February 1 on FOX at 8 p.m. ET the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.
FedEx Air & Ground NFL Player of the Year awards are a culmination of weekly awards presented by FedEx throughout the NFL season that give football fans the ability to honor stand-out quarterback and running back performances each week while earning charitable donations for the winning players’ cities.
- Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, one of the winningest quarterbacks in league history, led the Broncos (13-3) to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. He set the NFL’s single-season passing-yard record with 5,477 yards, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 5,476 yards in 2011, and finished the regular season with 55 touchdown passes, also the most in a season in NFL history. Manning is the first quarterback since Dan Marino in 1984 to set the record in both passing touchdowns and passing yards in the same season. Manning (64,964) surpassed Marino (61,361) for the second-most career passing yards in NFL history. With 491 touchdown passes and 5,532 completions, Manning now trails only Brett Favre (508 TDs; 6,300 completions; 71,838 yards) in the three major career passing categories. Manning (115.1) was one of seven NFL quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 100.0 or better in 2013. Manning, who was selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, was nominated for FedEx Air Player of the Week nine times, winning four.
- LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles won the league’s rushing title with 1,607 yards, and is the first Eagle to lead the league in rushing since Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949. McCoy also led NFL with 2,146 scrimmage yards, 79 rushing first downs and was second in the league with 102 overall first downs. McCoy rushed for 150+ yards in a franchise-high four games in 2013, while no other rusher in the NFL has done so more than once this season. He also holds an NFL record with seven-career fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 40-plus yards. Voted to his second Pro Bowl this season, McCoy was nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week four times, winning once.
Manning and McCoy were selected from a panel of three finalists in their respective Air and Ground categories. The other FedEx Air NFL Players of the Year finalists were quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, while the FedEx Ground NFL Players of the Year finalists included running backs Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs and Matt Forté of the Chicago Bears.
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National Football League Celebrates Season With “3rd Annual NFL Honors” – Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 PM ET On FOX
TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW SALUTES OUTSTANDING PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2013 SEASON &
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014
“SUPER BOWL SATURDAY NIGHT PRESENTED BY XFINITY” RED CARPET SHOW TO KICK OFF THE NIGHT ON NFL NETWORK AT 7 PM ET
The National Football League will recognize its best players, performances and plays from the 2013 season at a two-hour primetime awards special – “3rd Annual NFL Honors” – to air nationally on Saturday, February 1, at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX.
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‘NFL GameDay First’ – Sunday at 7:00 AM ET
Featured on 8.5-Hour Edition of ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ at 9:00 AM ET –
Super Bowl-Winning QB Brett Favre LIVE from Mississippi
Kurt Warner with Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Michael Irvin with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Deion Sanders with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman
Mike Silver with Seahawks HC Pete Carroll
Stanford HC David Shaw LIVE
Model Chrissy Teigen & Cast of ‘Draft Day’ On-Set
NFL Network provides 12.5 hours of pregame and postgame coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First.
At 9:00 AM ET, a special 8.5-hour edition of NFL GameDay Morning is live from various locations throughout New York and New Jersey leading up to kickoff.
Eden Prairie High School Head Football Coach Mike Grant Named Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year
Eden Prairie High School Head Football Coach MIKE GRANT was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year, it was announced today. As the national Shula Award winner, Grant will receive $25,000, $15,000 of which will go to his high school’s football program. He also is a guest of the NFL during Super Bowl.
Nominated by the Minnesota Vikings, Grant, of Eden Prairie, MN, was one of three high school football coaches from across the country named as a finalist for the award, which was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and safety, and to the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. Grant is a 35 year coaching veteran and the son of Vikings Hall of Fame Coach Bud Grant.
The other finalists were Tri-Central High School Head Football Coach GEORGE GILBERT of Kirklin, IN and Katy High School Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach GARY JOSEPH from Katy, TX. Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for their high school football programs. A full list of all nominees for this year’s award is below.
All nominees are active or retired high school football coaches nominated by NFL teams or players for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community and on-field success.
As part of his nomination, Grant wrote of his responsibility as a coach: “You have to make great decisions. We talk about thoughtfully deciding who you are going to run with in your group of friends. What is your story going to be when you are done here? Will people think of you as an outstanding person or as someone who never achieved what they could have? We provide support through our school and coaches for kids struggling with family issues and let them know that they have a family here with our football team that will have their back!” Grant coached San Francisco 49ers OT CARTER BYKOWSKI along with former NFL players JOE FOREMAN and MARK LEVOIR.
“The Vikings have enjoyed a strong connection to the Grant family over several decades,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “Like his father Bud, Mike has been an outstanding representative of the state of Minnesota. His advocacy for the Vikings youth football efforts is appreciated and we are extremely proud of Mike’s well-deserved accomplishment.”
The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award selection panel is comprised of Coach Shula; former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor GIL BRANDT; former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY; veteran sportswriter JACK FLEISCHER; Executive Director of USA Football SCOTT HALLENBECK; Former Raiders Coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN; General RAYMOND ODIERNO, Army Chief of Staff; SAM PALMISANO, Retired Chairman of the Board, IBM Corporation; Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZA RICE; Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association GRANT TEAFF; and AARON THOMAS, Athletic Director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, IA.
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One-Hour Special Features Tom Brady, Bill Clinton, Rob Lowe, Howie Long, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Dr. Oz, Condoleezza Rice, Robin Roberts, DeMarcus Ware and Five Winners of Together We Make Football Contest
NFL FILMS one-hour Super Bowl special FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES will air on FOX on Sunday, February 2 at 1:00 PM ET leading into the FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY pregame show. Football America: Our Stories is the culmination of a season-long search for the answer to one simple question: Why do we love football? NFL Films received thousands of answers from people in every walk of life, including some very familiar faces. This film explores those answers and celebrates the five winners of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.
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Football America: Our Stories follows the journey of the five winners of the Together We Make Football – Your Story contest from their original submissions through Super Bowl XLVIII. The film also features familiar faces including TOM BRADY, BILL CLINTON, MARK HARMON, HOWIE LONG, ROB LOWE, JOE MONTANA, JOE NAMATH, DR. OZ, CONDOLEEZZA RICE, ROBIN ROBERTS, DE MARCUS WARE.
“America is engaged in an important conversation about football, about its place in our culture and about its future. We thought maybe we could add something to the conversation, a reminder of why we love the game in the first place,” said NFL Films coordinating producer KEITH COSSROW.
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Personalized digital stream of NFL content will serve millions of fans
Launching this summer, Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Gillette are initial launch partners
NEW YORK, NY: The National Football League today announced the creation of NFL Now, a personalized video service providing fans with the NFL news, analysis and highlights they want across their Internet-connected devices. This innovative and ground-breaking new digital offering will launch this summer ahead of the start of the 2014 NFL season.
Available across Internet-connected devices, NFL Now will be personalized for each fan’s interests, allowing them to follow the NFL how they want, where they want, when they want. Users will indicate their favorite team, fantasy players and which videos they like and dislike. The content stream will dynamically personalize each user’s viewing experience to deliver a customizable news, analysis and highlights offering for NFL fans around the world. Additionally, NFL Now will provide users with access to the deepest vault of on-demand NFL video content available anywhere.
NFL Now will be made available for free to NFL fans worldwide on mobile devices through the NFL Now app (available across Windows, iOS and Android app stores), and in the United States through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and on personal computers at nfl.com/now and across select consoles and streaming devices, including Microsoft’s Xbox One. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to subscribe to NFL Now Plus, which will provide them access to premium content and features for a monthly fee.
Today’s announcement was made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Media, Brian Rolapp.
“We are always looking for ways to better serve our fans, and NFL Now will do just that,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Our media strategy has been a key component in the growth and success of the NFL over the past 50 years, and we fully expect NFL Now to be a big part of that initiative in the future.”
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The NFL today released injury data as part of a press conference on health and safety, including information on ACL/MCL injuries and concussion rates.
At the event, DR. JOHN YORK, San Francisco 49ers Co-Chairman and Chairman of the NFL owner’s health and safety committee, spoke on the NFL’s commitment to research, DR. MATT MATAVA, St. Louis Rams team physician and President of NFL Physicians Society, talked about the role of the team physician, DR. MITCH BERGER, Chair, Subcommittee on Former Players and Long-Term Effects of Brain and Spine Injury, NFL Head, Neck & Spine Committee; Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California San Francisco, discussed advances in the science around head injuries, and JEFF MILLER, NFL Senior Vice President of Health & Safety Policy, presented data from recent years on a variety of injuries.
For more information on the NFL’s health and safety work, visit www.nflevolution.com.
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