DETROIT – Cadillac’s 30-second preview of the upcoming 2013 ATS compact sport sedan shown in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI broadcast was the most-viewed single advertising spot in U.S. television history, according to a study released Tuesday.
Kantar Media’s Super Bowl audience study found that the Cadillac spot reached an audience rating of 43.5, highest among all advertising spots shown during the NBC-TV telecast. With Super Bowl XVLI reaching a record U.S. television audience of 111.3 million viewer), this means the Cadillac spot had the highest audience ever for a single commercial.
”We have a big message this year – Cadillac is expanding with new models challenging the world’s best luxury cars. This stunning viewership data proves that Cadillac’s big message reached the largest audience,” said General Motors Global Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick. “When it comes to Super Bowl ads, everyone has opinions on their favorites. But it’s a fact that this Cadillac spot had the biggest audience during the game.”
The Kantar Media analysis showed that spots airing in the hotly contested game’s fourth quarter had higher viewership than those appearing earlier. Cadillac’s spot, called “Green Hell,” aired at 9:37 EST, during the game’s “two-minute warning” official timeout.
The previous record for the largest audience viewing a single commercial was “Miss Evelyn,” a spot for the Chevrolet Camaro in Super Bowl XLV last year. The U.S. telecast of the Super Bowl has achieved record audiences for three years running.
The Cadillac commercial features footage of the upcoming 2013 ATS being tested in Germany, in preparation for its launch this summer into compact sedan category, the world’s most-significant luxury car segment.
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.