It's time for our annual off-topic discussion of who will watch the Super Bowl's lead-out program. FOX has the broadcast rights to Super Bowl 51, and the last time they had an opportunity to air something, they chose to air two comedies in 2012: New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The first half hour ended up doing a pretty good job with 26.3 million viewers.
This year, FOX is airing the premiere of 24: Legacy, staring Corey Hawkins (from Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead) at the series’ lead actor. He’s not really “taking over” or “replacing” Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, but this will mostly be painted as a story following a different person in the same universe. I’ve never missed an episode of 24, so I will tune it for this version.
Dramas typically come up short in Super Bowl ratings. For example, take a look at how these non-medical dramas have done since 2000:
- 2000: The Practice (ABC, 23.847 million)
- 2003: Alias (ABC, 17.362 million)
- 2006: Criminal Minds (CBS, 26.314 million)
- 2011: Elementary (CBS, 20.800 million)
- 2015: The Blacklist (NBC, 25.724 million)
Six years ago, only 18% of you said you'd tune in to watch Glee after the Super Bowl. Five years ago, only 12% of you said you'd tune in to watch The Voice. Four years ago, 63% of you said you'd tune in to watch Elementary. Three years ago, only 27% of you said you'd tune in to watch New Girl. Two years ago, 50% of you said you'd tune in to watch The Blacklist. Last year, a surging 63% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
What about this year? Vote in the poll below and let us know in the comments section. Also, feel free to spin this into an off-topic discussion about current television shows you are in to as well!