2/5/2013

The power outage at Sunday's Super Bowl may have helped CBS avoid a ratings slump by creating an instant social media buzz and, perhaps, helping transform what appeared to be a rout into a close and exciting game. "We went from the depths of having a possible blowout, to the bizarre scene of half the stadium going dark, to a game that went right down to the wire," said CBS Sports chief Sean McManus. The game attracted 108.4 million viewers on average, slightly below the more than 111 million that tuned in to 2012's game.

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