The New York Giants’ remarkable 17-14 upset over the perfection-seeking New England Patriots was a Super Bowl for the ages, with a record-setting three lead changes in the game’s final quarter. It was watched by more Americans than any of the 41 Super Bowls that preceded it, and is the second most-watched program in television history.
Boston topped all markets with a 55.6 local rating and an extraordinary 81 share. That rating ranks second among the Patriots six Super Bowl appearances, trailing only their 2002 Super Bowl XXXVI win. (56.1)
Victorious New York put up a 44.9 rating and 67 share, which ranks second among the five Super Bowl appearances by New York teams behind 1987's 52.4 for the Giants’ win in Super Bowl XXI.