Ratings: Super Bowl strong, but doesn't top last year
Super Bowl XLIII delivered just as much drama as last year’s matchup, but not quite as many viewers. Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Arizona Cardinals turned in a 42.1 rating for NBC, according to early Nielsen estimates — that’s about 6 percent down from last year’s outing on Fox, when the New York Giants pulled off a final-seconds upset of the New England Patriots. (Because the event is live, final tallies of the number of total viewers aren’t available yet.) But it’s still a solid performance in line with the previous three years — and NBC can use any solid performance it can find these days, especially with numbers this big.