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Super Bowl LII Ratings Are In: Down 3% From Last Year's Game

Woody Williams does the coin toss at the Super Bowl.

NBC has released the overnight television ratings for Super Bowl LII.

Sunday night's Super Bowl was one of the most exciting of all-time. The Eagles knocked off the Patriots in a back-and-forth affair that featured plenty of offense, a late, crucial turnover and a failed Hail Mary attempt on the final play. So just how many people saw all of the action?

NBC has released the overnight television ratings for the contest. In short, they are down 3% from last year's contest between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Ratings peaked, predictably, during the fourth quarter.

NBC's announcement came via its PR website:

Super Bowl LII, which featured the Philadelphia Eagles winning their first Super Bowl with a thrilling 41-33 victory over the defending champion New England Patriots, delivered a 47.4/70 overnight rating/share on NBC (not including digital), according to data released today by The Nielsen Company.

Last night’s high-scoring game, highlighted by the most yards in any game in NFL history, peaked with a 52.2/74 overnight rating in the fourth quarter (10-10:15 p.m. ET).

NBC notes that ratings peaked at 52.2/74 during the fourth quarter.

The top 10 markets for the game? Buffalo, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, New Orleans, Providence, Milwaukee, Seattle and Kansas City.

The halftime performance, put on by Justin Timberlake, outperformed the game with a 48.1/70 rating.