The Super Bowl on NBC generated $414 million in ad revenue, a record for a regulation game and only slightly behind last year’s Super Bowl, which went into overtime, according to preliminary estimates by Kantar Media.
Kantar says last year’s Super Bowl generated $419 million.
There were 49 minutes and 35 seconds of commercial time from paying sponsors, the NFL and NBCUniversal, which matches the third-highest total ever, according to Kantar. Ads accounted for 22% of the broadcast.
The biggest advertisers were Anheuser-Busch InBev and Fiat Chrysler, with 4 minutes each. There were only four new sponsors in the Super Bowl this year, and 40% of the company’s that bought ads in last year’s game did not return.
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There were 19 commercials that ran 60 seconds or more, representing 31% of the ads. That’s up from the last two years, but not as big as 2014 and 2015, when then accounted for 41% and 38% of the spots, respectively.
Kantar expects that when pre-game and post-game programming is figured in NBC will have raked in more than $500 million in ad revenue.
NBC will be televising the Olympics starting Feb. 8 and it expects to generate another $900 million during the Winter Games.
Jon has been business editor of Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He focuses on revenue-generating activities, including advertising and distribution, as well as executive intrigue and merger and acquisition activity. Just about any story is fair game, if a dollar sign can make its way into the article. Before B+C, Jon covered the industry for TVWeek, Cable World, Electronic Media, Advertising Age and The New York Post. A native New Yorker, Jon is hiding in plain sight in the suburbs of Chicago.
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