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Mayor Awaits Report on Super Bowl Power Outage

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The mayor of New Orleans says he's expecting a full report in the coming days from everyone involved in last night's power outage at the Superdome. It caused a delay of more than a half-hour during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

The Baltimore Ravens, who had been leading by 22 points when the outage happened, barely held on for a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The outage has been blamed on what's called an "abnormality" in the arena's power system.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called it "an unfortunate moment" in what he said was an "otherwise shining Super Bowl week" for New Orleans.

The city was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002, and was eager to show that it has been rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Billions of dollars were spent sprucing up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city in the past seven years.

A joint statement from the utility that provides power to the stadium and the Superdome operator said that a piece of equipment that monitors electrical load "sensed an abnormality in the system." It says the equipment "operated as designed," and caused power to be partially cut to the Superdome so the issue could be isolated.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the halftime show was "absolutely not" the cause of the power outage that darkened the Superdome for half an hour during Sunday's broadcast.

Beyonce was the halftime performer at Sunday night's game and used plenty of power to light up the stage. Some had joked that her electrifying performance was to blame for the outage.

Beyonce's 13-minute set included hits "Crazy in Love," "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and a Destiny's Child reunion.

Meanwhile, an estimated 108.4 million people watched the Super Bowl, making it fall short of setting the fourth straight viewership record.

The Nielsen Company said Monday that the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the third most-viewed program in television history. Both the 2010 and 2011 games hit the 111 million mark.

Football viewership in general declined this year. But with a thrilling finish, this year's game did become the fourth Super Bowl to record more than 100 million viewers.

One ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1% of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share means that 71% of TVs that were on at the time were tuned to the Super Bowl.  (AP)

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