Not as Super. CBS' Super Bowl XLVII averaged a third-best 108.7 million viewers Sunday, ending seven consecutive years of audience gains as it ranked behind 2011's 111 million and last year's record 111.3 million. A 30-minute delay from the Superdome power outage, excluded from the game's average, was only slightly lower with 106.6 million. A special episode of Elementary, which aired at 11:11 p.m. ET (the latest postgame series start) claimed 20.8 million, ahead of only ABC's 2003 episode of Alias (17.4 million) among post-Bowl shows. And Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl claimed a record 2.6 million from 3 to 5 ET/PT, up by a million over last year's.
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Southfork goes South. The second-season opener of TNT's Dallas reboot scored a series-low 3 million viewers Monday, less than half the turnout for last June's premiere. FX's Russian spy drama The Americans (3.2 million) had a decent start Wednesday. But a similar-sized audience for Thursday's premiere of NBC's Do No Harm (3.1 million) made it the least-watched big-network drama debut in TV history during a regular season.
Sign-offs. The one-hour sendoff of NBC's cult favorite 30 Rock claimed 4.9 million viewers Thursday. Though hardly a big number, it still marked the show's biggest audience in two years. And Nickelodeon's Victorious ended its four-year run with 2.9 million Saturday, though if history is any guide, spin-offs will surely follow.