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After experiencing lackluster NFL ratings at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, broadcasters hope Super Bowl LI, featuring the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, will bring record-breaking viewership.

Last year, over 111.9 million people watched the Denver Broncos' win over the Carolina Panthers, making it the second most watched Super Bowl and the third most watched broadcast event in U.S. history. With Nielson ratings topping the charts, advertisers are willing to pay a high price for coveted commercial slots. In 2016, 96 commercials aired during the Super Bowl, and the average cost of a 30-second ad edged near $5 million.

Whether you'll be tuning in on Feb. 5 to watch the game or to laugh at the outrageous commercials, you'll want to make sure your TV provides the best game day experience. That's why the data experts at SpecOut, a consumer tech research site powered by Graphiq, found the 25 best TVs to watch the Super Bowl on.

To make this ranking, the 2016 television models had to be at least 55 inches wide and have 4K resolution. The televisions are ranked from lowest to highest Smart Rating \u2014\u00a0a weighted average from one to 100 that takes into account tech specs and the most trusted expert reviews from CNET, PC Mag, PC World and Wired.com.

Analysts expect this year's match up will be close, with Bing Predicts picking the New England Patriots with 52 percent confidence. Regardless of the outcome, SpecOut has set you up for a great day of sports.

Note: Due to rounding, some Smart Ratings appear to tie, when in fact, they do not.

#25. Samsung UN55KS8000

The Samsung UN55KS8000 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#24. Sony XBR-55X930D

The Sony XBR-55X930D is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#23. LG 55LH5750

The LG 55LH5750 is 55 inches wide and boasts a 1080p display.

#22. Vizio M65-D0

The Vizio M65-D0 is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#21. Sony XBR-75Z9D

The Sony XBR-75Z9D is 75 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#20. TCL 65US5800

The TCL 65US5800 is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#19. Samsung UN65KS9500

The Samsung UN65KS9500 is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#18. Samsung UN55KS9500

The Samsung UN55KS9500 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#17. Sony XBR-65X930D

The Sony XBR-65X930D is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#16. TCL 55UP130

The TCL 55UP130 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#15. Samsung UN65KS8000

The Samsung UN65KS8000 is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

#14. Sharp LC-75N8000U

The Sharp LC-75N8000U is 75 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#13. Vizio P65-C1

The Vizio P65-C1 is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#12. Samsung UN55KU7000

The Samsung UN55KU7000 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#11. Samsung UN55KS9000

The Samsung UN55KS9000 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#10. Vizio P75-C1

The Vizio P75-C1 is 75 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#9. LG 65UH8500

The LG 65UH8500 is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#8. LG OLED65B6P

The LG OLED65B6P is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#7. LG OLED55B6P

The LG OLED55B6P is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#6. LG OLED65G6P

The LG OLED65G6P is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#5. LG 55UH8500

The LG 55UH8500 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#4. Vizio P55-C1

The Vizio P55-C1 is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#3. LG 60UH8500

The LG 60UH8500 is 60 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#2. LG OLED55E6P

The LG OLED55E6P is 55 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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#1. Sony XBR-65Z9D

The Sony XBR-65Z9D is 65 inches wide and boasts an ultra high-definiton (4K) display.

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Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

MSNBC said it was a \"mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.\"

\"Up Late with Alec Baldwin\" had aired only five episodes. The first three attracted a little more than a half million viewers, but the last two dipped under 400,000 viewers.

The Emmy-winning former star of \"30 Rock\" had lost his cool in the New York City street encounter. He later tweeted that he did not realize the profane phrase he used was offensive to gays, but then apologized.

He later said that the incident took place as he tried to protect his family.

MSNBC suspended Baldwin for two weeks, a punishment that was due to end this Friday.

The encounter came during the same week a Canadian actress was convicted in New York of stalking Baldwin with calls, emails and visits over a two-year period. Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months in jail in addition to a month she's already serving for her courtroom outbursts.

On the same day Baldwin was suspended, another MSNBC personality, Martin Bashir, made a graphic suggestion for how Sarah Palin should be punished for comments on slavery. Bashir apologized and MSNBC said it is handling the problems internally.

The end of Baldwin's show came on the same day CBS ordered \"60 Minutes\" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence following a critical internal review of their handling of a report about the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Martin Bashir's apology for graphic comments about Sarah Palin on MSNBC hasn't ended questions about whether the remarks deserve punishment from his bosses, giving unwanted attention to a cable network dealing with sinking ratings along with loose-lipped hosts.

Palin, in a Fox interview on Sunday, said MSNBC was guilty of \"executive hypocrisy\" by not publicly disciplining Bashir for his \"vile, evil comments.\" Four days after Bashir apologized, MSNBC said it was \"handling this matter internally\" and wouldn't comment further.

\"It's a systemic problem,\" said Jeff Cohen, an Ithaca College journalism professor and liberal commentator who was a producer for Phil Donahue's prime-time MSNBC show a decade ago. \"It's a problem at MSNBC. It's a problem in cable news. It's a certain coarseness where everything goes. I guess they can keep sanctioning and suspending people, but there's something wrong when name-calling is considered OK.\"

Bashir's comments about Palin came on the same day MSNBC suspended actor Alec Baldwin from his weekly show for two episodes for his part in an off-the-air episode. Baldwin used an anti-gay slur in a confrontation with a photographer on a New York City street.

Bashir used his weekday afternoon program on Nov. 15 to criticize Palin for her remarks comparing U.S. indebtedness to China to slavery. Bashir cited the diaries of a former plantation overseer who punished slaves by having someone defecate in their mouth or urinate on their face. He suggested the former Alaska governor deserved the same treatment.

The somber anchor, a former \"Nightline\" host, apologized on his next show on Nov. 18.

The Baldwin suspension set up an immediate contrast for MSNBC's critics to latch on to: Why does an epithet used in a heated moment in an off-air confrontation merit a suspension, while a sickening comment made on the air, presumably researched and written in advance, not deserve one?

Other MSNBC personalities have been disciplined for remarks that drew unwanted attention. The network fired Don Imus in 2007 for referring to members of the Rutgers women's basketball team as \"nappy-headed hos.\" David Shuster was suspended for two weeks in 2008 for suggesting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign had \"pimped out\" daughter Chelsea Clinton by having her place phone calls to celebrities and convention delegates. The network suspended and eventually dumped longtime commentator Pat Buchanan in 2012 for a book that some critics called racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, charges that he denied.

MSNBC is dominated by left-leaning news programs, a liberal alternative to Fox News Channel, which appeals to Republicans. MSNBC has had a rough year, with its weeknight programming down 32 percent in viewership from 2012, probably due in part to less interest in politics following an election year and President Barack Obama's dwindling popularity (Fox and CNN are down 17 percent in the same Nielsen company measurement).

Palin, a Republican and Fox News analyst said in an interview with \"Fox News Sunday\" that MSNBC had condoned Bashir's comments.

\"That's hypocrisy,\" she said. When a conservative woman is a target on MSNBC \"they usually just kind of pooh-pooh it, laugh it off. It's no big deal.\"

MSNBC did, however, take Ed Schultz off the air for a week in 2011 after he referred to conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham as a \"slut\" during a commentary on his radio show. Schultz apologized publicly to Ingraham before serving his suspension.

The network did not explain what made the Bashir incident different.

\"Martin Bashir has taken responsibility publicly for his offensive commentary and also personally apologized to the Palin family,\" the network statement said. \"Bashir offered a heartfelt apology on MSNBC earlier this week where he admitted it was a personal failing to become part of the politics of vitriol and destruction. He has committed to elevating the discourse going forward.\"

Since the comment, Palin has also cancelled a planned interview with Matt Lauer for NBC's \"Today\" show. NBC News, particularly under new President Deborah Turness, has sought to distance itself from MSNBC. But they share corporate owners and, in the case of Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell, personalities that work for both.

Heated, often offensive, commentary is hardly limited to the liberal MSNBC, with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh triggering an advertiser boycott for calling a woman who advocated for contraception as a part of health insurance plans a \"slut\" and a \"prostitute.\"

Commentaries like Bashir's are not something he wants to hear, particularly around mealtime, said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School of Communication. But he didn't expect the commentary to be damaging to MSNBC.

\"There's plenty of objectionable talk that I've heard from Sarah Palin,\" he said. \"I'm not arguing moral equivalency, but the baseline is more erratic and dense on coarse talk that I would like it to be.\"

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