Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV landed 111 million viewers, setting a new record as the most-watched telecast in TV history. The figure tops the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between New Orleans and Indianapolis.
The Green Bay Packers’ vicitory over 2009 NFL champs the Pittsburgh Steelers enjoyed a five percent increase from last year’s previous viewership high of 106 million viewers. The 1983 series finale of M-A-S-H had held the title of the most-watched TV show in the United States for 27 years. It’s now No. 3. The five most-watched events in American TV history are now “M-A-S-H” (seen by just under 106 million people on Feb. 28, 1983) and the last four Super Bowls.
According to Nielsen Co., viewer numbers for the game peaked between 9:30 PM and 10 PM, with 117.2 million viewers, and then decreased to 110.2 million viewers from 8-8:30 PM during The Black Eyed Peas’ Halftime Performance.