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By ramsauliu on Jul 09, 2014 08:09 AM
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NEW YORK As it does nearly every year, the Super Bowl will almost certainly stand as the most watched television event of 2013. This year, the Blackout Bowl wasn't too far behind.

CBS prevailed upon the Nielsen Co. to estimate how many viewers watched the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers while excluding the 34 minutes in the third quarter where the game was stopped because of a partial power outage in the Superdome. television history.

Leaving aside the outage period, which came at a time the Ravens had a big lead, was likely CBS' attempt to nudge the viewership to a historically high level.

Yet few people were interested in tuning out. Nielsen said 106.6 million watched the power outage delay, which was basically extended scenes of first half highlights and players stretching to keep warm.

CBS dominated the week's non football programming, too. In a positive sign for Fox, its new drama "The Following" was the most watched scripted show on ABC, NBC or Fox last week, Nielsen said.

Skewed by Super Sunday, CBS averaged 28 million viewers in prime time for the week (13.6 rating, 22 share). Fox was second with 6.2 million viewers (3.7, 6), ABC had 4.7 million (3.1, 5), NBC had 3.9 million (2.6, 4), the CW had 1.6 million (1.0, 2) and ION Television had 1.2 million (0.8, 1).

Among the Spanish language networks, Univision led with 3.6 million (1.9, 3), Telemundo had 1.2 million (0.6, 1), UniMas had 750,000 (0.4, 1), Estrella had 210,000 and Azteca had 120,000 (both 0.1, 0)

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.2 million viewers (5.9, 12). ABC's "World News" was second with 8.3 million (5.6, 11) and the "CBS Evening News" had 6 million viewers (3.9, 8).

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of Jan. 28 Feb. 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore vs. San Francisco, CBS, 108.69 million; "Super Bowl Power Outage," CBS, 106.56 million; "NCIS," CBS, 22.07 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 17.76 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 17.3 million; "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 15.78 million; "Person of Interest," CBS, 15.71 million; "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 13.8 million; "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.7 million; "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.5 million.

As it does nearly every year, the Super Bowl will almost certainly stand as the most watched television event of 2013. This year, the "Blackout Bowl" isn't too far behind.

CBS asked the Nielsen company to estimate how many viewers watched the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers while excluding the half hour where the game was stopped because of a partial power outage in the Superdome. television history.

Despite the Ravens' big lead at the time, few people were interested in tuning out during the outage.

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco rides in a Humvee during the Ravens victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin, left, takes photos as Cheap NFL Jerseys tight end Ed Dickson smiles during the Ravens victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBALTIMORE, MD Wholesale NFL Jerseys FEBRUARY 05: Linebacker Ray Lewis 52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with The Vince Lombardi Trophy as he and teammates celebrate during their Super Bowl XLVII victory parade at M Bank Stadium on February 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens ParadeSam Muffoletto, 21, and Phil Luzi, 21, hold up signs and a home made Super Bowl trophy as they wait for the start of Baltimore's celebration for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at Ravens stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Officials expect about 100,000 people to attend the events. (AP Photo/Alex Dominguez)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens NFL football fan Jen Gaskill holds a sign near the baggage claim at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md. after returning Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 from New Orleans to watch the Super Bowl. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34 31. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh applauds fans while riding in a Humvee during the Ravens victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker points to the sky at the start of a victory parade outside of City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBALTIMORE, MD FEBRUARY 05: Linebacker Ray Lewis 52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with The Vince Lombardi Trophy as he and teammates celebrate during their Super Bowl XLVII victory parade at M Bank Stadium on February 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens fans blow horns during a victory ceremony at City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, bottom center, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy, speaks to fans at a celebration at City Hall at the start of a Super Bowl victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens fans break through barriers and walk with players during a victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens fans cheer at a victory ceremony at City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, dances on a float with other players during a victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed greets fans while riding in a Humvee during the Ravens victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Ravens ParadeBALTIMORE, MD FEBRUARY 05: Linebacker Ray Lewis 52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with The Vince Lombardi Trophy as he and teammates celebrate during their Super Bowl XLVII victory parade near M Bank Stadium on February 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens ParadeBaltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy, speaks to fans at a celebration at City Hall at the start of a Super Bowl victory parade Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Baltimore. Super Bowl MVP and Ravens quarteback Joe Flacco, third from left, smiles. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34 31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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