3 February 2013 9:11 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Could the Super Bowl power outage super-charge CBS’ big game ratings?

That’s one theory floating around broadcast ratings analysts tonight after CBS’ telecast of Super Bowl Xlvii was dramatically interrupted by a 34-minute power outage that sent half the New Orleans Superdome into darkness.

On the surface, the outage is a huge technical blunder. Embarrassing. Time wasting. And very risky — it was basically a half-hour of dead air during the most-watched telecast of the year, hastily filled by impromptu chatter from CBS Sports reporters and a flurry of ads.

Here’s why some analysts think the power outage won’t hurt CBS’ ratings (and, »


- James Hibberd

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