Viewership of the Super Bowl rose pretty consistently
throughout the game, including during the34-minute blackout in the New Orleans
Superdome, according to an analysis by Rentrak.
Viewership peaked just before the end of the game as the
champion Baltimore Ravens held off a rally by the San Francisco 49ers.
Viewership just before 11 p.m. was about 20% higher for the average of the
Rentrak declined to say how many people it calculated
watched the game, reserving that data for its clients.
When the blackout began in the third quarter, viewership was
about at the average for the entire game. When it ended, viewership was about
5% higher, according to Rentrak.
The most-watched ad of the game was for Samsung's Galaxy
mobile phone, which ran in the fourth quarter, and was seen by about 17% more
viewers than the average for the whole game.
Most of ads with the highest viewership ran in the fourth
quarter. Ads in the first quarter of the game had 10% to 15% lower viewership
than the game on average.
A few ads ran during the blackout and re-ran after the game
resumed. According to Rentrak, those ads had 3% to 5% more viewership when they
ran the second time.