Super Bowl TV Ratings: Super Bowl XLV Watched By Record 111 Million People
Super Bowl TV Ratings Reach a New High for Second Year in a Row
In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLV, many were quick to predict that the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers were going to give us the best Super Bowl in NFL history.
Well, the jury is still out on that one, but the TV ratings for the whole affair would certainly suggest that plenty of people bought into the hype.
To be more specific, the word from ESPN is that the Nielsen Co. said on Monday that an estimated 111 million people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl, which tops the then-record 106.5 million people that watched the New Orleans Saints outlast the Indianapolis Colts last year.
Technically, this is a new record for American television viewing, as both this year's and last year's Super Bowl now sit on top of the series finale of M-A-S-H, which set the record 27 years ago.
Just a week ago, the NFL enjoyed the fact that more people tuned in to watch the Pro Bowl than ever before, which just goes to show that people will watch whatever football is on TV, even if it's garbage.
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