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Record Numbers Kick Giants to the Top of Ratings Heap

The Giants won the Super Bowl Sunday night. Ready for another obvious statement? The game, broadcast on NBC, was number one for the week in New York.

Super Bowl XLVI attracted a record 111.3 million viewers, so it’s hardly a surprise that the game, especially close until the end would pull in an amazing rating. Locally, the game had an estimated 8 million viewers and an off-the-charts 41.2 rating, according to Nielsen. The post-game slipped slightly to 6.6 million WNBC viewers and a 34.1 rating for number two. The “must-see” slot after the game went to The Voice, which didn’t disappoint in third place (2.8 million/14.5).

Incredibly, there were other programs last week. A look at the rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

After the glow of the Super Bowl, it was back to normal as American Idol nailed down number four and five for the week. Idol had a 1.3 million WNYW/Channel 5 audience on Wednesday with a 6.7 rating, and 1.1 million viewers and a 5.8 for Thursday’s auditions.

  • Sixth             WCBS      Big Bang Theory      (646,000/4.8)
  • Seventh       WCBS     Person of Interest   (859,000/4.4)
  • Eighth         WNYW             Glee                    (808,000/4.1)
  • Ninth           WCBS                Rob                     (751,000/3.8)
  • *Tenth        WCBS                NCIS                   (730,000/3.7)
  • *Tenth        WCBS        The Mentalist         (721,000/3.7)

WABC/Channel 7 made its first entry in the Top 30 at number 14 with the sitcom Modern Family (629,000/3.2).

MTV’s Jersey Shore had a 15th-place showing (606,000/3.1).

New Fox thriller Alcatraz shined at 17 (560,000/2.9), while Fox stalwart medical drama House looking to recover, landed at 18 (547,000/2.8).

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