NFL confirm Beyoncé not responsible for Super Bowl blackout

Half-time show cleared of responsibility as huge TV ratings revealed

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The NFL have confirmed that Beyonce was not responsible for the electricity blackout during the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 3).

The American Football game between Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers was plunged into darkness during the second half of the match following Beyoncé's half-time show. Some reports suggested that the high-octane live performance, which saw the singer briefly reunite with her former Destiny's Child bandmates, was the cause of the blackout. However, NFL sources have said the problem was not the singer's fault. "There's no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Rolling Stone. "I know that's out there, that Beyoncé's halftime show had something to do with it. That is not the case from anything we have at this point."

Doug Thorton, the senior vice president of the New Orleans Superdome's management company, has said that "an abnormality" with the Superdome's power system had occurred but that it was "too early" to be any more specific.

Meanwhile, viewing figures have revealed that Beyoncé's appearance helped boost the Super Bowl to ratings of 104m, making the broadcast the third highest rated TV show of all time in America. Nielsen estimates 108.41 million viewers tuned in for Super Bowl XLVII, placing it behind Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLV in the historical rankings. Beyoncé's audience figures did trail the numbers Madonna’s performance at last year’s Super Bowl brought in, however. The 2012 half-time show, which saw Madonna joined by MIA and Nicki Minaj, attracted 112.5 million viewers. In 2009, 95.7 million tuned in to watch Bruce Springsteen.

The Super Bowl performance has also seen Beyoncé's digital album sales soar 230 per cent, Billboard reports, with Destiny's Child also receiving a huge album sales boost of 600 per cent.

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