What is the best network TV show to debut after the Super Bowl?
By Chris Lawrence
As we discussed on the most recent It’s Just Business podcast, nothing gets eyeballs on TV like the Super Bowl. The host network leverages this to do a bunch of things good for the network like collect huge ad revenue, promote their entire sports package and drive viewers to their prime time line-up. One of the ways they have done this has been elevating a show as the lead-out from the coverage. This has looked different at different times like a Jimmy Kimmell special or “very special episode” like this year with This Is Us and finally learning how the guy from Heroes dies. But often the network uses it as a way to kick off new shows. So we present this poll to ask which premier was the best. We obviously had to cut down to 4, so if your favorite isn’t here name it in the comments and call me an idiot (I am used to it). You will notice a distinct Redskins connection to this poll.
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Question: What is the best network television show to debut after the Super Bowl?
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•Family Guy (Fox) premiered after Super Bowl XXXIII (Atlanta/Denver) in 1999. It garnered a 22 share Nielsen rating. It still runs today and is in syndication
•The Wonder Years (ABC) premiered after Super Bowl XXII (Washington/Denver) in 1993. (Good year!) It garnered a 28.9 share Nielsen rating. Ran for 5 seasons and forever in syndication.
•The A-Team (NBC) premiered after Super Bowl XVII (Washington/Miami) in 1983 (Good Year!) It garnered a 21.9 share Nielsen rating. Ran for 4 seasons and forever in syndication. One note: This was the first official episode of the series although it was based of a made for TV movie that had ran earlier and with a different actor playing Face Man.
•24: Legacy (FOX) premiered after Super Bowl LI (New England/Atlanta). It garnered a 17.5 share Nielsen rating. This was a spin-off of 24 and ran for 1 season. It has a weird distinction of being the lowest rate post Super Bowl show ever but highest rated episode of 24 ever.