All eyes were on Eli Manning as he orchestrated a comeback that resulted in a go-ahead touchdown with under one minute remaining. The New York Giants win against the New England Patriots tallied enormous numbers in the overnight figures.
According to the Washington Post, the game received a 47.8 rating and 71 share in the Nielsen Media Ratings.
The 47.8 rating trails only last year's Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers and the 1987 matchup between the Giants and Denver Broncos. Both of those telecasts received a 47.9 rating. Last year's game received a 71 share and the 1987 Super Bowl received a 68 share.
The Futon Critic estimates that over 100 million viewers watched the game on Sunday night. Although it did not surpass last year's game, it is still an amazing statistic.
Many thought the game would exceed the record-setting numbers from last year, but falling less than one percent short is not a failure.
The game was a classic and gave nearly 101 million viewers a Super Bowl they will never forget.
It was more than the network could have asked for. It was a one-point game at halftime, and the game came down to the very last play.
NBC was airing the Super Bowl for the first time since 2009.