5 February 2013, 11:22

Super Bowl XLVII draws 108mln viewers

Super Bowl XLVII draws 108mln viewers

An estimated 108 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLVIIl on Sunday, making it the third most viewed program in America’s history of broadcasting. The viewership record was set by last year’s showdown, which attracted some 111.3 million football fans, followed by the 2011 game with some 111 million viewers.

This year, the NFL Super Bowl was broadcast by CBS to over 180 countries all over the world. A 30-second Super Bowl 2013 commercial spot went for $4 million.

The Baltimore Ravens emerged victorious, beating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. This most important game of the year in the US took place in front of 70,000 fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2013 Super Bowl made history when a power outage occurred just after the start of the second half, when the Ravens were leading 28-6. San Francisco used this 34-minute break to catch their breath and even launched a counter-offensive. They managed to get into the score range and grasp a chance for victory before the final whistle sounded their narrow defeat.

Performing at the Super Bowl XLVII half-time was Beyonce, an American R&B diva who suffered a scandal at President Obama’s 2013 swearing-in over her “lip-sync” version of the United States' national anthem.

Beyonce vowed to sing live in New Orleans and kept her promise, finishing the song in a storm of applause.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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