Earlier this week, Nielsen estimated that 108.4 million people tuned in for the Super Bowl, which was good enough for third all time . . . behind last year's 111.3 million and the 111 million who watched the year before. Well, now the OFFICIAL number is out, and it's a little higher. But not high enough to make a difference.
--Meanwhile, the game helped CBS take the top five spots in the ratings last week. In fact, the only non-CBS show to make the top ten was "American Idol". Here are the Top 10 shows overall . . .
#1.) Super Bowl 47, CBS, 108.7 million viewers (--So, the original estimate was off by about 300,000 people.)
#2.) The Super Bowl POST-GAME show, CBS, 63.3 million viewers
#3.) Last Tuesday's "NCIS, CBS, 22.1 million viewers
#4.) The episode of "Elementary" that ran after the Super Bowl fell outside of primetime because of the power outage, so some sources didn't count it. But it hit a series high with 20.8 million viewers. (--Which is not that great for the timeslot.)
#5.) "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 17.8 million viewers
#6.) "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 17.3 million viewers
#7.) Wednesday's episode of "American Idol", Fox, 15.8 million viewers
#8.) "Person of Interest", CBS, 15.7 million viewers
#9.) Thursday's episode of "American Idol", Fox, 13.8 million viewers
#10.) "Two and a Half Men", CBS, 13.7 million viewers
(--Check out how some other big shows did in the ratings . . . including the series finale of "30 Rock", and premieres for "Dallas" and two new shows . . . here.)