It’s time for our annual off-topic discussion of who will watch the Super Bowl’s lead-out program. NBC has the broadcast rights to Super Bowl 52, and the last time they had an opportunity to air something, they chose to air The Blacklist in 2015, which got 25.724 million viewers.
This year, NBC is airing an episode of This is Us, a drama in its second season that has become one of the most popular shows on television. The fact that this is a Super Bowl episode, plus the added notion that viewers will finally get to learn what happened to Milo Ventimiglia’s character Jack, could call for the biggest rating for a lead-out Super Bowl drama in years. I personally have only seen the first two episodes of the series. I thought the show was well done, but I just have too many other shows on my docket to tune in regularly.
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)
- 2017: 24: Legacy (FOX, 17.58 million)
Seven years ago, only 18% of you said you’d tune in to watch Glee after the Super Bowl. Six years ago, only 12% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Voice. Five years ago, 63% of you said you’d tune in to watch Elementary. Four years ago, only 27% of you said you’d tune in to watch New Girl. Three years ago, 50% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Blacklist. Two years ago, a surging 63% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Last year, only 28% of you said you’d watch 24: Legacy.
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!
Will you be tuning in to watch "This is Us" this Sunday after the Super Bowl?
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