OK, Last word on Super Bowl 42 XLII Commercials this year (one week after the game) comes from the ratings services, which turned out to have very different results and to prove how much polls and statistics can vary. The most visible ratings came from USA Today, which awarded the top spot to the Budweiser “Rocky” send-up starring Hank the Clydesdale, who fails to make the team, then trains with a dog for a year and makes the beer wagon team next year. That spot is featured below in another post.
The next rating came from Nielsen and also gives their number one nod to Budweiser. But Nielsen also rates ads on TV viewership numbers and ranks them according to which was most seen – they give that honor to the Victoria’s Secret ad with Adriana Lima, which ran in the fourth quarter in the second to last ad slot and they claim was seen by 103.6 Million viewers (and an additional 980,000 times on MySpace, 520,000 times on AOL, 417,000 times on YouTube.
Then comes Media Curves, which added an odd element of second-by-second emotional interest to their ratings and award the top slot to the Fedex Carrier Pigeons spot. That link shows you a graph of viewer interest on top of the ad as it plays, but that seems a bit silly to me. People who voted at MediaCurves liked Fedex more than Adriana Lima or Hank the Clydesdale because they were more emotionally engaged? Which emotions? Fear of flapping feathers and pigeon poop from both the normal dirty birds in that shipping department or the giant dirty birds outdoors wreaking havoc on the city and trashing the shipping managers car? Hmmmm. (AOL gave the top slot to Hank the Clydesdale again, and gave the Fedex spot position #10 in their top ten list!) Here’s that Fedex Ad:
Very interestingly, you can also judge the commercials at each of the places they are housed on the web to see most popular ads by number of views. That honor appears to go (as of this writing) to the Bud Light “Ability to Breathe Fire” ad, which has been viewed over 4 million times at AOL (Total ad views 10.5 million), 1.7 million times at MySpace (Total ad views 34.7 million views) and (only) 372,000 times on YouTube, where it barely ranks at all). But wait, there are different numbers of most watched at each of these places! Choose your audience carefully. (YouTube is set to announce their winner later on Tuesday February 12th, based on number of votes – will anyone still care then?) YouTube ranks the Naomi Campbell “Thrillicious” Dancing Lizards ad tops, with 965,000 views, topping all it’s other super bowl videos by 200K or so. Hmmm. Thrillicious is in 5th place at MySpace – Here’s that ad:
So when ranked by raw numbers I’ll award top choice to “Ability to Breathe Fire” from Budweiser. Ranked by viewer emotions during viewing, I agree with the MediaCurves emotions rating, but only because I want to dive under a table to avoid the flying rats, er pigeons. When ranked by Underdog factor, I’ll go with Hank the Clydesdale and the Rocky theme. When ranked by libido interest, I think Naomi Campbell wins for Sobe Life Water. When ranked by overall favorite, I’ll fall back on my previous juvenile humor assessment and go with the Tivo most replayed rating which ranks the eTrade Talking Baby Spit-up spot.
Not enough ratings for you? Here’s a few more:
- Information week rates 49 of the Superbowl Ads
- MediaPost “Search Insider” reviews the Commercials
- Reprise Media Reviews the Bowl Ads
- Search Engine Watch SEO Review
- FoxSports gives us the 10 Worst Commercialsand 10 Best
- Slate asks “How Were the Super Bowl Ads?“
- New York Times Commentary on the Ads
- Chicago Tribune Opines, plus asks you to vote
- The Morning Call discusses National Organization for Women Ratings
Finally, for those of you who can’t wait for next year to see what Super Bowl Ads, here’s that MySpace Super Bowl Countdown Widget to take you into the 2009 Contest in Tampa Florida.
http://downloads.thespringbox.com/web/wrapper.php?file=Super Bowl XLII Countdown.sbw