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They partied anyway. Minnesotans showed up on Nicollet Mall for the free concerts all week, went to the galas and filled up social media with pictures of ice sculptures and Super Bowl cutout signs.

The game, which saw the Eagles bring home their first Super Bowl trophy, brought in an overnight rating of 47.4 rating for NBC.

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Mike Mc Feely
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This is Us, which followed the game, averaged 27 million viewers, up 9.4 million viewers, or 53% from previous year when Fox aired 24 Legacy.

Moreover, this year's Super Bowl ratings were higher than in 2005, when the Patriots and the Eagles met in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida. The network claimed that the game was the most live-streamed Super Bowl ever, delivering an average of just over 2 million online viewers with a peak of 3.1 million concurrent streams. On Sunday, dozens of protesters blocked a rail line reserved for Super Bowl ticket holders.

Vikings fans dotted the pregame scene as fan-favorite jerseys such as Jared Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, Cris Carter, Stefon Diggs, Chad Greenway, Robert Smith and Adam Thielen could easily be spotted. It was destiny, but it didn't work out.

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According to NBC, the Philadelphia and Boston markets ranked second and third, respectively, in terms of Super Bowl LII's local rating. Wild forward Zach Parise, a Minnesota native, said during the week that he ditched his tickets after the Vikings lost.

The president has been critical of NFL players who exercise their right to freedom of expression by kneeling during the national anthem to protest unfair police treatment of minorities.

Ellen Degeneres, who tweeted prior to the performance that Pink was probably going to win the Super Bowl with her performance, followed up by tweeting: "Pink, you are incredible". They reportedly left early a year ago too, missing the Patriots' comeback win over the Falcons.

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And once the Eagles won? Maybe, as Klobuchar suggested, too much focus would have been on the Vikings instead of the event had things turned out differently. "Pink sucks and if you like her singing you're dumb #SuperBowl".

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