TV Ratings: CBS Says Sunday's Super Bowl 3rd Most Watched Telecast Ever
The fast national data were delayed on Monday, but CBS has finally issued a press release touting its Super Bowl XLI telecast on Sunday night as the third most watched program in the history of American television, behind the series finale of M*A*S*H and Super Bowl XXX.
CBS also claims this year's Super Bowl lead-out "Criminal Minds", enjoyed its "highest-ever numbers in metered markets" — with 26.23 million tuned in, which means the procedural hit all-time high.
The problem is - "Criminal Minds" was down roughly 33 percent versus Grey's Anatomy's famous year-ago post-Super Bowl "bomb episode" which led out of a lower-rated Super Bowl game on ABC.
Unlike last year's "Grey's Anatomy" episode which began with a clever dream shower scene with "lesbian tendencies" (that most certainly appealed to a significant portion of the football audience) and went on to develop a highly engaging dramatic storyline that was well-conceived to hook audiences previously not exposed to the medical drama, this year's "Criminal Minds" episode was a rather creepy, dark and painfully slow horror-movie ripoff of a procedural that lost almost 70 million Super Bowl viewers.
The network should have given its buzzworthy and constantly improving sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (which happened to air a Super Bowl-themed episode on Monday) a chance to find even wider audience that it rightfully deserves.
And pairing the sitcom off with CBS's new comedy "Rules of Engagement" would have given the show the ratings boost all producers dream of for their pilot episodes. Oh, well...
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