Tuesday’s Mashup: Super Bowl LIII reaches 100.7 million viewers, smallest audience in a decade

Lucy Burdge
February 05, 2019 - 6:05 am

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NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBCSB)
NBA: Toronto at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Miami at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)


-- This year’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Rams earned 100.7 million viewers, the game’s smallest audience in a decade.

According to Nielsen, viewership dropped 3 percent from last year’s 103.4 million.

The viewership has not dipped below 100 million since 2009. It reached its peak in 2015 with 114.4 million viewers for the Patriots’ victory over the Seahawks.

Most football fans in New Orleans boycotted the game after the controversial call in the Rams win over the Saints. The CBS broadcast earned a 26.1 rating in New Orleans.

Other factors included boycotts in support of Colin Kaepernick and a lack of action in the game itself.

-- Add two more to the list of Patriots players who decided not to visit the White House to celebrate the Super Bowl win.

Devin McCourty said definitively on Monday he will not be attending the ceremony if the team is invited by President Trump.

His twin brother, Jason, will likely make the same decision.

"I haven't thought about it, but I highly doubt it,'' Jason said. When Devin then teased Jason by accusing him of lying, Jason said there is pretty much no chance he will go.

Duron Harmon has also said he will skip the White House visit if the team is invited, saying he would rather hang out with former president Barack Obama, as the Warriors did recently.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wasn’t in a rush to become a head coach. I really wasn’t. I had a good job in New England ... it had to be the right place, the right fit, the right feel.” -- Brian Flores, after he was introduced as the new head coach of the Dolphins in Miami on Monday afternoon