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Poll: Are you going to watch The Equalizer on CBS after the Super Bowl?

CBS will try to launch an action/crime drama in the post-Super Bowl slot.

The Equalizer Photo by Barbara Nitke/CBS via Getty Images

It’s time for our annual off-topic discussion of who will watch the Super Bowl’s lead-out program. CBS has the broadcast rights to Super Bowl 55, and the last time they had an opportunity to air something, they chose to air the series premiere of The World’s Best in 2019, which got 22.21 million viewers. The show was not picked up for a second season.

This year, CBS is airing the season premiere of The Equalizer, a crime drama starring Queen Latifah. The premise reads as follows: “The series chronicles the life of Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman and single mother to teenage daughter Delilah, with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn, acting as a guardian angel and a defender for those who cannot defend themselves while pursuing her own redemption.”

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)

Ten years ago, only 18% of you said you’d tune in to watch Glee after the Super Bowl. Nine years ago, only 12% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Voice. Eight years ago, 63% of you said you’d tune in to watch Elementary. Seven years ago, only 27% of you said you’d tune in to watch New Girl. Six years ago, 50% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Blacklist. Five years ago, a surging 63% of you said you’d tune in to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Four years ago, only 28% of you said you’d watch 24: Legacy. Three years ago, only 29% of you said you’d watch This is Us. Two years ago, only 14% of you said you’d watch The World’s Best. Last year, only 24% of you said you’d watch The Masked Singer, which ended up drawing the biggest post-Super Bowl audience since 2012.

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 "The Equalizer" this Sunday after the Super Bowl?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    (16 votes)
  • 88%
    (123 votes)
139 votes total Vote Now