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Super Bowl 2012: Madonna Does A Higher Rating Than The Game

Madonna may be 53-years-old, but she still has it.

The legendary musician shocked everyone by actually having her halftime performance draw a higher rating than the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Madonna's show brought in a 48.3 number while the game trailed with a 47.8 ratings figure according to John Ourand.

The Super Bowl failed to break it's own ratings record despite having two very large market teams in the game. The record was set last year with Green Bay and Pittsburgh, two of the smallest markets (including the smallest) in the NFL.

Of course, what would a halftime show be without a little controversy? As you may have heard, singer M.I.A. gave the middle finger to the viewing audience, prompting the NFL and NBC to apologize quickly for the unfortunate moment. The other performers including Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj and LMFAO.

For the Super Bowl, the Giants and Patriots did do a much better number than their 2008 match-up, when they drew just a 43.1 rating.

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