List of Super Bowl lead-out programs

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Lead-out programs following the Super Bowl are typically one of the year's highest rated television broadcasts in the United States. The Super Bowl is aired on a rotation schedule between NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. Networks usually choose to air a new episode of their most popular program (Survivor, Friends) but sometimes opt to air a program that merits special attention (Undercover Boss, Elementary). In the case of Fox, The Simpsons has been used twice as a companion program to bolster series premiere ratings of Family Guy (1999) and American Dad! (2005). Some networks air cliffhanger episodes (Grey's Anatomy) to capture new viewers for a program in its regularly scheduled timeslot.

Friends (1996) holds the distinction for being the most-watched lead-out program with 52.9 million viewers. Other high-rated telecasts have included season premieres of Survivor: The Australian Outback (2001, 45.4 million) and Survivor: All-Stars (2004, 33.5 million) and part one of a Grey's Anatomy two-part episode (2006, 37.9 million).

For the 2014 Super Bowl, Fox will be airing new episodes of popular comedy New Girl and freshman hit Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Programs and Ratings

Date Network Program Episode Viewers
(millions)
Share 18-49 Demo
January 15,1967 CBS Lassie "Lassie's Little Bit" 33.7%
NBC Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color "Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders" 25.3%
January 14, 1968 CBS Local programming, then Lassie "The Foundling" 41.2%
January 12, 1969 NBC The G.E. College Bowl 21.2%
January 11, 1970 CBS Lassie "The Road Back" 34%
January 17, 1971 NBC Bing Crosby Pro-Am Golf Tournament 36%
January 16, 1972 CBS 60 Minutes 36%
January 14, 1973 NBC The Wonderful World of Disney "The Mystery in Dracula's Castle" 44%
January 13, 1974 CBS Local programming, then The New Perry Mason "The Case of the Tortured Titan" 15.06 20%
January 12, 1975 NBC NBC Nightly News 15.92 28%
January 18, 1976 CBS Phoenix Open Golf Tournament 22.36 31%
January 9, 1977 NBC The Wonderful World of Disney Raid on Entebbe 42.82 37%
January 15, 1978 CBS All in the Family "Archie and the Super Bowl" 35.47 47%
January 21, 1979 NBC Brothers and Sisters "Pilot" 31.72 32%
January 20, 1980 CBS 60 Minutes 40.75 50%
January 25, 1981 NBC CHiPs "11-99: Officer Needs Help" (rerun) 26%
January 24, 1982 CBS 60 Minutes 36%
January 30, 1983 NBC The A-Team "Children of Jamestown" (series premiere) 21.91 39%
January 22, 1984 CBS Airwolf "Shadow of the Hawke" (two-hour series premiere) 27.87 36%
January 20, 1985 ABC MacGruder and Loud "MacGruder and Loud" (series premiere) 38%
January 26, 1986 NBC The Last Precinct "Pilot" (series premiere) 39.73 25%
January 25, 1987 CBS Hard Copy "Pilot" (series premiere) 33%
January 31, 1988 ABC The Wonder Years "Pilot" (series premiere) 28.98 31%
January 22, 1989 NBC Brotherhood of the Rose Television movie (part 1; two hours) 36%
January 28, 1990 CBS Grand Slam "He Works Hard for the Money" (series premiere) 30.77 30%
January 27, 1991 ABC Davis Rules "A Man for All Reasons" (series premiere) 26.70 25%
January 26, 1992 CBS 60 Minutes
48 Hours
24.82 30%
January 31, 1993 NBC Homicide: Life on the Street "Gone for Goode" (series premiere) 28.12 31%
January 30, 1994 NBC The Good Life "Pilot" (series premiere) 23.01 22%
The John Larroquette Show "Eggs" 17.71 22%
January 29, 1995 ABC Extreme "Pilot" (series premiere) 22.59 25%
January 28, 1996 NBC Friends "The One After the Super Bowl" (Parts 1 and 2) 52.93 46%
January 26, 1997 FOX The X-Files "Leonard Betts" 29.10 29%
January 25, 1998 NBC 3rd Rock from the Sun "36! 24! 36! Dick!" (Parts 1 and 2) 33.66 34%
January 31, 1999 FOX Family Guy
The Simpsons
"Death Has a Shadow" (series premiere)
"Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"
22.00 21%
January 30, 2000 ABC The Practice (10:32pm ET) "New Evidence" 23.85 27%
January 28, 2001 CBS Survivor: The Australian Outback (10:13pm ET) "Stranded" (season premiere) 45.37 39% 21.8
February 3, 2002 FOX Malcolm in the Middle (10:51pm ET) "Company Picnic" (Parts 1 and 2) 21.45 21%
January 26, 2003 ABC Alias (11:01pm ET)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:02am ET)
"Phase One"
Series premiere of Jimmy Kimmel Live
17.36 20%
February 1, 2004 CBS Survivor: All-Stars (10:52pm ET) "They're Back!" (season premiere) 33.54 32% 14.9
February 6, 2005 FOX The Simpsons (10:44pm ET) "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" 23.10 22%
American Dad! (11:16pm ET) "Pilot" (series premiere) 23.07 22%
February 5, 2006 ABC Grey's Anatomy (10:27pm ET) "It's the End of the World" 37.88 27%
February 4, 2007 CBS Criminal Minds (10:26pm ET) "The Big Game" 26.31 26%
February 3, 2008 FOX House (10:38pm ET) "Frozen" 29.05 27%
February 1, 2009 NBC The Office (10:40pm ET) "Stress Relief" (one-hour episode) 22.91 21% 10.6
February 7, 2010 CBS Undercover Boss (10:13pm ET) "Waste Management" (series premiere) 38.60
February 6, 2011 FOX Glee (10:39pm ET) "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" 26.80 11.1
February 5, 2012 NBC The Voice (10:19pm ET) "The Blind Auditions (Part 1)" (season premiere) 37.61 16.3
February 3, 2013 CBS Elementary (11:11pm ET) "The Deductionist" 20.80 7.8
February 2, 2014 FOX New Girl
Brooklyn Nine-Nine