Super Bowl Ratings Hit 10-Year Low with New Orleans as Worst Market

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NEW ORLEANS ( -- Super Bowl LIII recorded its lowest national ratings in a decade.  

The 44.9 overnight rating was the lowest for Super Bowl since the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals drew 42.1 in 2009.

In New Orleans, viewers roundly rejected this year's game with a 26.1 rating. That's the lowest of any market across the country and the lowest ever in New Orleans.  

New Orleans fans protested after the Saints lost a chance to play in the Super Bowl because of a no-call on an obvious pass interference late in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams.  

Thousands of Saints fans took to the streets to participate in events aimed at diverting attention and viewership from the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots beat the Rams, 13-3, for their sixth Super Bowl title.  

The Super Bowl logged its best ratings in Los Angeles (44.6) since 1996.  In Boston, it was 57.4, the highest for that market in the past five years.

By Jim Hanzo