Baltimore Life after the Super Bowl

A raven on a beach

PHOTO SOURCE: Creative Commons photo “Ravens” by finnur.malmquist on Flickr.

These days, TV ratings hit overall record lows each year because the way people consume TV has changed and the ratings system hasn’t. One broadcast, though, has shown that there is still life left in that thing-that-used-to-be-a-box-but-really-isn’t-now in your living room: the Super Bowl. This year’s match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers saw the Ravens defeating the 49ers 34 to 31.

Here are a couple of stats you might be interested in:

  • The telecast was the highest-rated Super Bowl in history, with a 48.1 overnight rating and a 71 share. This excludes the power outage.
  • Baltimore won in another arena—the battle for highest-rated market. In Baltimore, the game rated a 59.6 with an 83 share. If you don’t know ratings, know this: that’s huge. It means that 83 percent of all TVs that were on in Baltimore were tuned to the game. San Francisco wasn’t even in the top ten, but New Orleans was second, with a 57.1/77.

I will say that it’s exciting to live in a city whose team just won the Super Bowl—even though I’m not a football fan and, thus, didn’t watch the game. But I heard the cheers from outside my window (and my roommate’s bedroom), and I guess I felt a certain amount of pride for Charm City.

If you’ve seen this blog before, you know that there’s another reason I didn’t watch the game, not even as a display of Baltimore camaraderie: I’m busy writing and editing these days. I’m about 2.5 months away from finishing work on my thesis project, and any spare moment is spent working on that. This week, I’m reading some excellent short stories by my classmate Emily Lee, and I’m excited to talk about them at this week’s group workshop. For the next few weeks, I’ll be revising my own work.

Yes, it’s a good time to be living in Baltimore, after the Ravens won the Super Bowl—but it’s a great time to be in a master’s level writing workshop in an MFA program whose mascot is the blackbird. There’s just so much to talk about.

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