Super Bowl Shorts: Big Ratings from Game & Glee Plus More on Christina Aguilera Flub

According to FOX, last night’s Super Bowl game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers increased 3% over last year’s Super Bowl on CBS, according to preliminary ratings, tying it with with Super Bowl XXI in 1987.

UPDATE: It’s official. Last night’s Super Bowl ratings broke some records:

Based on final ratings data, Super Bowl XLV, in which the Packers sent the Steelers packing, drew 111 million viewers. That easily tops the record set by last year’s Super Bowl, which averaged 106.5 million viewers. SB XLV now stands as the most-watched TV event in U.S. history.

The post-game Glee episode also came up a winner. It was seen by 26.8 million viewers and had an 11.1 adults 18-49 rating. This ranks as the highest-rated Glee episode ever and is the top-rated scripted telecast of any TV show in three years. However, it was down 31% from Undercover Boss, a reality show which aired on CBS last year.

Christina Aguilera realized almost immediately she made a mistake after she flubbed the National Anthem. She said in a statement her peeps released after the game last night, “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”

In the meantime, songwriter/Producer, Claude Kelly has written a blog in defense of Christina (He’s worked on several tracks for her, including “Show Me How You Burlesque”)

Read Claude’s (he’s also one of the hitmakers behind Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without U” and songs by Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta) thoughts after the jump.

i keep getting asked what i thought of Christina’s national anthem.

I guess people are looking for me to smear my friend.

Homie don’t play that.

what i will do is put some things into perspective:

Singing live and a capella at the Superbowl is about as hard as it gets…for even the most seasoned performer.

Acoustics are a huge issue. in a stadium that big, sound has to travel much farther than it does when your singing the anthem at your local little league game. This means, you are hearing the echo of your voice several seconds after you actually sing it. which is not normal. its very easy to lose your place, your tempo, and your pitch.

Secondly, whoever the sound engineer was for the entire entertainment portion of the SuperBowl SUCKED. no one sounded their best. Any musician will tell you: a bad engineer = a bad performance.

Thirdly, singing for a stadium full of people, as well millions of viewers is nerve racking. This is why most performers choose to lip sync to prerecorded version.

With that said, its now international news that Xtina flubbed the lyrics, but what i do know for sure is that she always gives her all. while mistakes cant be avoided sometimes, i know her heart was in the right place. Would it have been great if she had given a flawless performance – of course. is it the end of the world? no.

i promise you that someone, somewhere in these great United States will be screwing up our anthem in a much worse way sometime soon.

enjoy your day, and God Bless America :) lol

  • pineappletree

    The Superbowl entertainment was a huge letdown. Bring back Prince or U2. Those two halftime shows I still remember and they were superb. I still get chills Prince singing Dylan.

  • Studio57

    OMG someone just posted this on twitter: Maya Rudolph from SNL singing the NA. Watch the video while looking at Christina’s picture above it. UNCANNY! And hilarious:

    http://www.bestweekever.tv/2011-02-07/dear-christina-aguilera-maya-rudolph-did-it-better/

    In all seriousness though- her melisma bothered me more than the flub, but people on twitter aren’t even happy with her apology. FFS it’s not the end of the world.

  • Truthiness

    I actually liked what Claude Kelly had to say. It was sticking by his friend, which he acknowledged, but he also had good points about the sound sucking (it did) and how nerves could get one, and might have. But he did acknowledge that she did screw up the lyrics…though it really isn’t the end of the world, and other mistakes will undoubtedly occur to others, in the future.

    I certainly thought his explanation was better than the one I heard out of the Xtina camp. Well hope she gets it together. She’s trying to make a comeback, and this sure didn’t help.

    I’m still all squEEEEEEE over the outcome of the game, and happy the ratings were up as well. Yay!

    As for Glee? That show is such shark bait, it’s not even funny.

  • 1wildegirl

    “Homie don’t play that.” Nice of Claude Kelly to blog from 1994. ;)

    Personally, my issue wasn’t so much the flubbed line. I mean sure, Christina = melisma in swahili, but come on. It’s the SSB. Meh.

    Oh, and I thought Claude was responsible for My Life Would Suck Without You? Max Martin/Dr. Luke did SUBG…

  • koshka

    Truthiness – I couldn’t agree more with everything you said about xtina. I feel bad for her.

    I also agree about Glee. It seems sort of bloated and is becoming caricature of itself.

  • sma11ie

    I certainly thought his explanation was better than the one I heard out of the Xtina camp.

    What did her camp say, besides the statement above? I think her apology was fine. What do people want her to say? There really isn’t much she could say.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Oh, and I thought Claude was responsible for My Life Would Suck Without You? Max Martin/Dr. Luke did SUBG…

    Yep. I corrected it.

  • HotHotHot

    IA, anybody could flub a line, but the singing was terrible with all the ridiculous riffs and yodels. So not my NA!

  • Chicagolaw

    I think her apology was fine. Mistakes happen. Claude had it right, the sound was horrible for all the entertainment. Fergie sounded terrible.

    I feel like I should like Glee, but I just don’t.

  • itsalleternal

    111 million viewers is more than triple what any other show or event gets normally…the Super Bowl truly is the king of events…

  • TwigLA

    I’ll forgive her for her flubbing the lyrics now. However, I still think she her rendition stank. Good for Claude Kelly sticking up for his friend.

    The entire halftime show stank too. I’m totally tired of the Black EYed Peas and I actually laughed when Fergie’s mic wasn’t on.

  • sf3456

    For some reason, I don’t believe that 111 million viewers. How could this Super Bowl get more viewers than the awesome, spectacular Giants/Patriots at Super Bowl 42? This Super Bowl sucked.

    I watched a little bit of Glee yesterday. I was sitting there like, “How is this show winning awards?”

  • RowZee824

    I don’t have a problem with her making the mistakes and I agree the sound was off for everyone. She does have a mighty powerful voice. I just feel these singers (not just Christina) should stick to the original music without all the runs and added notes.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    i wish steelers won :(

  • abbysee

    People are upset about her apology? Seriously? I mean Xtina oversings, period, so the only real crime was flubbing the words, and quess what? She’s freaking human. Of course I wish Kelly Clarkson had sung, but I didn’t coordinate the damn thing. And yet, the sound guy should fine another line of work, almost everyone agreed that the mix was a mess.

  • stwbcross

    I mean Xtina oversings, period, so the only real crime was flubbing the words, and quess what? She’s freaking human.

    Well said. I couldn’t agree more.

  • jammasta

    My take on Xtina’s flub is WHO GIVES A DAMN? Certainly not me. So she messed up some words. Big deal. It’s not like she kicked you in the face and said “DEATH TO AMERICANS.”

  • standtotheright

    It’s not like she kicked you in the face and said “DEATH TO AMERICANS.”

    Hee!

    Although I’m pretty sure Taboo’s half-time outfit was saying that in Morse code.

  • koshka

    Although I’m pretty sure Taboo’s half-time outfit was saying that in Morse code.

    LOL *VIrtual High Five*

  • sf3456

    So now I’m reading that Taylor Hicks and Diana DeGarmo went in on Christina.

  • Niall

    So now I’m reading that Taylor Hicks and Diana DeGarmo went in on Christina.

    Not really. Seems they both just stated their opinion, Taylor in a serious way and Diana just made an innocent, lighthearted joke about wanting to sing the anthem at the Superbowl. Christina’s nutjob fans are the ones who “went in” like psych ward patients over the whole thing.

  • musicality

    Christina Aguilira has one of the best and most powerful female voices out there today. You would never have known it by the Superbowl though. That performance was so bad it was comic. It had nothing to do with messing up the words it was so poorly sung it was painful to listen too. I hope she lives this one down. Coupled with her shabby and not so chic look nowadays it’s going to bite her. She needs a couple of really good live performances to put this to rest. Unfortuneatly she couldn’t have chosen a bigger audience to mess up in front of.

    I have never seen the Black Eyed Peas put on a good show live. They are a total studio creation and yes I’ve been to two of their concerts. Once for me and once to keep someone company. Their vocals are a mess live.