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2012 Super Bowl TV Ratings: Ratings Fall, Madonna Draws

No television executive should scoff at an astronomical overnight rating of 47.8— which is what the 2012 Super Bowl garnered— but there certainly will be some head scratching and handwringing at NBC over the fact that, according to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, the ratings for this year's Super Bowl were down very slightly from last year's game.

It may be of small solace, but the night's halftime show, featuring Madonna, managed to pull in more viewers than the game itself, which may earn some decision-maker a bonus.

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