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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Kansas City market led the country in Super Bowl TV ratings


02/03/2014 10:07 AM

05/16/2014 11:32 AM

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt has an even more compelling case to bring a cold-weather Super Bowl to Arrowhead Stadium.

The Kansas City market supports pro football like few others.

Fox Sports said on Monday that the Kansas City market had the highest overnight ratings for Seattle’s 43-8 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night — better than Seattle; better than Indianapolis, which was Peyton Manning’s home for 14 seasons; better than Denver; and better than New York City.

Fox said Channel 4 in Kansas City had a 58.1 rating — the percentage of television households watching the game — and a 78 percent share of all those watching television in the market.

The game was the biggest Super Bowl blowout in 20 years, and maybe Chiefs fans liked watching Manning suffer.

Seattle was second at 56.7 with a whopping 92 share, followed by Indianapolis, 53.9 and 74, and Manning’s hometown of New Orleans, 53.9 and 74.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

• Tulsa, 52.9/71.

• Las Vegas, 52.5/75

• Portland, 52.4/82

• Knoxville, 52.3/68

• Jacksonville, 52.0/68

• Denver 51.4/83

The host New York market drew a 50.5/70, its best Super Bowl rating since SB XXI in 1987 (53.4).

This isn’t the first time Kansas City posted the best Super Bowl ratings in the country. It also led in 2004, for New England’s win over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

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