The telecast went dark for several seconds on Sunday night.
NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl LII briefly went dark on Sunday night.
Viewers experienced several seconds of a black screen during a commercial break.
The Twitter account for NBC Sports PR attributed the darkness to a “brief equipment failure.”
From NBC Sports spokesperson:
“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed.”
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) February 5, 2018
Many viewers hit social media to joke about the incident or express confusion over a possible technological failure in their own homes.
Who paid 5 million for that blank screen? #WasteOfMoney
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) February 5, 2018
NBC going dark for 30 seconds was the best Super Bowl ad so far #SuperBowl
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) February 5, 2018
Okay my TV just went blank. That was an expensive ass error on someone’s part. #Superbowl
— Rod (@rodimusprime) February 5, 2018
That black screen commercial was fire
— Rev. Eric Dunn (@ericvdunn) February 5, 2018
I paid $3,000,000 for that 30 seconds of dead air. I wanted to give everyone a chance to silently reflect. You’re welcome.
— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) February 5, 2018
Did anyone else just get an ad for the Sopranos finale
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) February 5, 2018
Very expensive blank screen #superbowl
— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) February 5, 2018
Y’all freeze that live feed?
— Wendy’s (@Wendys) February 5, 2018