Super Bowl XLVII Most Watched TV Event In U.S. History

The overnight ratings for the Super Bowl are in and the 34-minute power outage didn’t wind up hurting CBS.

It actually appears to have helped them. Nielsen is reporting that the game posted a 48.1 rating and 71 share in its measurement of the biggest cities in the country, numbers that would make it the most watched event in American television history. One ratings point equals 1.147 million people — last year’s game did a 47.9 rating and was the previous record holder — and the share means that 71 percent of televisions turned on at the time were tuned into the game.