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CBS Wins Weekly Ratings Race Thanks to Super Bowl

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's not difficult to guess which primetime program had the highest ratings for the week ending Sunday.

"Sunday" is the key word there, as in, "Super Bowl Sunday."  As previously announced, CBS' broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 drew an audience of 108.7 million viewers.

The number is slightly inflated by the fact that Nielsen excluded the 34 minutes during which the game was delayed because of a power outage.  Not that many people switched the channel during the outage -- Nielsen estimates that 106.56 million were tuned in to CBS at the time of the third-quarter incident.

CBS announced on Wednesday that three million people watched the Super Bowl online, an increase of 900,000 from last year.

Including the Super Bowl and the power outage, CBS had eight of the top 10 primetime programs for the week.  As a result, it easily won the network ratings race, ahead of Fox, ABC, NBC, Univision, the CW, ION Television and Telemundo.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore vs. San Francisco, CBS, 108.69 million.
2. Super Bowl Power Outage, CBS, 106.56 million.
3. NCIS, CBS, 22.07 million.
4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.76 million.
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 17.3 million.
6. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 15.78 million.
7. Person of Interest, CBS, 15.71 million.
8. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.8 million.
9. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.7 million.
10. Blue Bloods, CBS, 11.5 million.

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Super Bowl Ratings Drop from Last Year's Record Audience

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast did not set a ratings record, but CBS should still be pleased with the number of viewers it pulled in for the big game.

Nielsen says an estimated 108.41 million viewers tuned in to the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 at New Orleans' Superdome, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The broadcast ranks as the third-most-watched program in U.S. television history, behind the 2012 Super Bowl, which was seen by a record 111.3 million, and the 2011 Super Bowl, which drew 111 million.

The post-Super Bowl episode of the CBS drama Elementary attracted an audience of 20.8 million.  It aired later than CBS would have liked, since the game was delayed 34 minutes in the third quarter by a power outage.

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Will Ferrell Stars in Super Bowl Ad that Virtually No One Saw Live

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The celebrity who had the most awkward kiss in a Super Bowl commercial this year: Bar Refaeli, who engaged in a prolonged smooch with a nerd in a spot.  The runner-up: Will Ferrell, in an ad for Old Milwaukee beer.

Don't remember seeing Ferrell during the big game?  You're far from the only one.  His ad reportedly aired in only three markets: Sherman, Texas; Ardmore, Okla.; and Glendive, Mont.

In the minute-long commercial, Ferrell sports a moustache and basketball jersey -- he resembles his character in his basketball comedy Semi-Pro -- while making out with an older Asian woman on a bus.  Viewers briefly see that a passenger sitting a few rows in front of them is holding a bag containing Old Milwaukee beer.

A Chinese song, identified on Reddit as "Mother, Where Are You?," plays throughout the ad.

Ferrell also starred in a Super Bowl ad for Old Milwaukee last year that aired in one market, North Platte, Neb.

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Super Bowl 47: Beyoncé Reunites with Destiny's Child Band Mates During Halftime Show

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- As expected, Beyoncé reunited with her Destiny's Child pals during her Super Bowl halftime performance at New Orleans' Superdome on Sunday. And one thing was for certain: Beyoncé bounced back in a big way after lip-syncing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration last month.

The halftime highlight was Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joining their one-time band mate halfway through the set, emerging from underneath the stage. The trio started off with their single "Bootylicious" -- appropriately enough, given their sexy black outfits -- before segueing into "Independent Women," which was featured in the 2000 movie Charlie's Angels.

In a nod to their involvement in that film's soundtrack, they closed the song by stating in unison, "Hello, Charlie," and then striking the famous Charlie's Angels pose.

B asked Kelly and Michelle for help on vocals on her next song: her solo hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." Kelly and Michelle even did the dance made famous in the "Single Ladies" video along with Beyoncé before exiting the stage halfway through the song.

The halftime show began with Pepsi's "fan-made countdown," a speedy photo montage of Beyoncé's fans that served as an introduction to the pop star.

Beyoncé, wearing a black leather outfit split in the middle to go with lengthy black boots, appeared on a set whose edges were lit in neon colors. From above, the shape of the set gave the appearance of two faces looking at one another. She was surrounded for most of her performance by a large group of backup dancers.

Fire sprung up from the stage, and Beyoncé kicked things off with a small snippet of "Love On Top" before launching into her first major solo hit, "Crazy in Love." There was no cameo from her duet partner in the original recording, her husband, Jay-Z.  

After singing "End of Time," Beyoncé stood in front of a screen on which several realistic images of her mimicked her moves as she sang "Baby Boy." Vocals from reggae singer Sean Paul, who's featured on the original recording, were piped in.

Beyoncé closed the show with a wonderful rendition of "Halo," slapping the hands of fans surrounding the set as she did so. She thanked the crowd at the end of her set.

Less than three hours after her performance, Beyoncé announced a world tour.

Here's the set list from Beyoncé's halftime show:
"Love On Top"
"Crazy in Love"
"End of Time"
"Baby Boy"
"Independent Women"
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"

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Destiny's Child to Perform Medley During Beyonce's Super Bowl Set?

Sony Music Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- The rumors about a Destiny's Child reunion during Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance just got a little meatier. 

A source tells Us Weekly that Beyonce will kick off the set with solo material, and then midway through the production, she'll be joined by her Destiny's Child pals Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

A source tells Us Weekly that the trio will perform a medley of Destiny's Child hits, including "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Survivor," before wrapping up with their just-released song "Nuclear."  The Pharrell Williams-produced "Nuclear" comes from the latest Destiny's Child compilation set Love Songs, which is due out Tuesday.

Us Weekly's source tells the magazine that Beyonce can't wait to "knock them dead" at the Super Bowl, taking place Feb. 3.  She's especially fired up after reports that she lip-synched "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Monday's Inaugural ceremony in Washington D.C., the insider says.

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Beyonce Fans Invited to Hit the Field During Her Super Bowl Halftime Show

PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)(NEW YORK) -- Even if you're watching Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show from home this February, there's still a way for you to participate in the performance as it happens in New Orleans.  Starting Saturday, fans are invited to go online and submit photos of themselves striking specific poses, including head bopping, feet tapping and hips shaking.  The snapshots could end up in a special on-air introduction that will play as Beyonce takes the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

If you upload your photos to the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show website by Jan. 11, you'll be entered into a drawing for the chance to be one of 50 fans who'll step onto the field during Beyonce's performance Feb. 3.  The lucky fans who are selected will also be invited to bring a friend to New Orleans, participate in dress rehearsals for the big show and join the on-field dance team.

Beyonce and Pepsi will also select an additional 50 fans from the New Orleans area.  Those folks and their guests will also get an on-field experience at the halftime show.

For more information on submitting photos, check out

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CBS' "Elementary" Lands Post-Super Bowl Time Slot

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Which show will air after the Super Bowl next February?  The answer is Elementary.

CBS has announced that its Sherlock Holmes-themed drama  will air after the network's coverage of Super Bowl 47 on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Elementary, starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, premiered in September and is the second-highest-rated new series on TV, behind another CBS drama, Vegas.

The Voice received this year's post-Super Bowl time slot from NBC.

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Beyonce to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime YORK) -- After hours of speculation, the NFL and CBS have now made it official: Beyonce will indeed be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.

Beyonce pretty much confirmed the initial reports that she had taken the gig when she posted a football-inspired photo on her website Tuesday afternoon called "Countdown to Touchdown."  The photo showed Beyonce wearing two strips of eye black -- the stuff that football players smudge on their cheekbones to cut down on the glare from overhead stadium lights. "Feb 3" is spelled out across one strip, with "2013" spelled out across the other.

It's not Beyonce's first Super Bowl appearance.  In 2004, she performed the national anthem in her Houston hometown prior to the New England Patriots-Carolina Panthers contest.

Madonna was the halftime performer at this year's Super Bowl.

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Van Halen to Play the Super Bowl?

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Speculation began circulating in the media recently that Van Halen may be the next high-profile artist to headline a Super Bowl halftime show, and now the band's frontman, David Lee Roth, has come forward to address the rumors.

The Van Halen News Desk fan site has posted an open letter from the singer in which he declares, "Be still my pigskin heart.  That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time, though it is one we would accept in a NY minute."

Roth continues, "Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday -- more like every given Sunday -- the idea of playing there live would be like, 'okay, now we're in the game.'"

The singer goes on to describe the Super Bowl halftime gig as "a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists."

He concludes by saying, "It's an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web."

Rumors about Van Halen playing at next year's sports extravaganza sprung up after the band canceled a lengthy portion of its announced North American tour.  In the wake of the cancellations, guitarist Eddie Van Halen told USA Today, "In the new year we'll possibly do something special but I can't talk about it."

The next Super Bowl will take place February 3, 2013, at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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Super Bowl Broadcast Sets Record with 111.3 Million Viewers

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the third consecutive year, the Super Bowl has set a record for the biggest-ever audience for a U.S. television program.

NBC's broadcast of the New York Giants' last-minute win over the New England Patriots averaged 111.3 million viewers, according to It's a slightly higher total than the 111 million who tuned in to last year's Super Bowl game on Fox between the victorious Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are only two other broadcasts in U.S. television history that reached at least 100 million viewers. The 2010 Super Bowl between the champion New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts drew 106.5 million viewers, and the 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H was seen by 106 million people.

Madonna's performance at Sunday's game set a record for the most-watched Super Bowl halftime entertainment show, drawing 114 million viewers.

The second season premiere of NBC's The Voice clearly benefited from having the Super Bowl as its lead-in.  The singing competition attracted 37.6 million viewers and earned the highest rating in the advertiser-friendly 18-to-49-year-old demographic of any entertainment telecast in six years.

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