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Primetime Ratings: Super Bowl XLVI Scores Third-Highest, Overnight-Rating

2/06/2012 11:14 AM Eastern

Super Bowl XLVI earned a 47.8 overnight rating/71 share Sunday night on NBC, the third-highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history, according Nielsen data.

The game, which saw the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots 21-17 in the final minutes, ranked behind last year's Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers contest on Fox and the 1987 Super Bowl, which are tied with the highest-rated overnights. Sunday's game came within 1% of that 47.9 overnight rating.

After the game, the second season premiere of The Voice averaged a 19.4/33 metered-market household rating/share from 10:15-11:30 p.m., up 27% from what Glee did in the post-Super Bowl timeslot last year (15.3/27).

Time zone-adjusted nationals ratings will be released later Monday.

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