LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Super Snoozer apparently put many television viewers to sleep, according to the data released by Nielsen on Monday night.
Nielsen said Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams averaged approximately 98.2 million viewers on CBS, the lowest since Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and Patriots averaged 97.4 million viewers on Feb. 3, 2008.
The Patriots won Sunday’s game 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl. New England led 3-0 at halftime and the Rams didn’t score their only points until the game was nearly 43 minutes old.
Sunday’s viewership was down more than 5 million from the previous Super Bowl, when 103.4 million views tuned in to the Philadelphia Eagles’ high-scoring 41-33 win over the Patriots.
The city of New Orleans shunned the Super Bowl in a big way as fans protested the game after the Saints lost in controversial fashion to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game. Only 26.1 percent were tuned into the game, according to Nielsen.