Ratings for the first part of the Super Bowl were lower than they were for the fourth quarter and overtime of the AFC Championship Game.
The Super Bowl had its lowest rating since 2009 and many blamed the lack of scoring and the frequency of punts, but it had a low rating from the start.
“When we started the game . . . we were doing a 35 rating in the first quarter,” Jim Nantz, who handled the play-by-play of Super Bowl LIII for CBS, said on Thursday’s Dan Patrick Show. “Our AFC Championship game . . . we had a bigger rating in the fourth quarter and overtime of Kansas City-New England than we did in the first quarter-and-a-half of the Super Bowl. We had less of an audience in the Super Bowl than we did at the end of the AFC Championship.”