Sports Briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 4

Elma Babe Ruth signups set

Elma Babe Ruth registration is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Elma branch of Our Community Credit Union.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Steve Luellen at 482-5592 (between 5 and 8 p.m. only)

Super Bowl XLVIII draws record ratings

Super Bowl XLVIII lacked the drama of most other recent editions, but the television ratings did not suffer from the Seahawks’ 43-8 blowout of the Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Fox announced Monday that Nielsen data indicated the game averaged 111.5 million viewers, surpassing the Giants’ victory over the Patriots two years ago (111.3 million) as the most-viewed program in American television history.

The game averaged 46.4 percent of homes, tying last year’s game and two others as the seventh-highest-rated Super Bowl in percentage terms.

In the New York area, 50.5 percent of homes tuned in -- the best rating for a Super Bowl in that market since 53.4 percent of homes saw the Giants beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI in 1987.

In other words, Sunday’s rating in New York beat those of the past four Super Bowls in which the Giants played.

The Denver market usually is among the strongest in the NFL when the Broncos are playing, but apparently many fans there turned away early -- for understandable reasons. Denver ranked 10th with a 51.4 rating.

The No. 1 market? Kansas City, at 58.1. Seattle came in second at 56.7 — plus an astronomical “share” of 92, which measures the percentage of TVs actually in use that were tuned into the game.

Daily World staff &wire reports


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