when it comes to ratings, Super Bowl LIII is not one anyone's going to want to brag about.
Shown on CBS for the first time since 2016 and with ad spots going for around $5 million each, the Rams' loss scored a 44.9/68 in metered market results.
To put that in the starkest light of day, that's a dip of just over 5.2% from the big NFL battle of February 4, 2018 on NBC in the first round of ratings. On a larger playing field, that metered market result for yesterday's game is the worst the Super Bowl has done in the early numbers since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals on February 1, 2009. -Deadline
Deadspin's Barry Petchesky puts things in perspective, noting that Super Bowl LIII broke several records for crappyness:
Fewest points in a game
Fewest points in a game by a winning team
Fewest points through three quarters
Fewest touchdowns in a game
Fewest passing touchdowns in a game (tied)
Fewest points in a game by one team (tied)
Fewest touchdowns in a game by one team (tied)
Most consecutive drives by one team ending in a punt