Super Bowl XLVI Brings In Super Numbers

Super Bowl XLVI Brings In Super Numbers

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – This weekend’s Super Bowl is the most watched TV show in U.S. history according to Nielsen’s fast nationals, TVbytheNumbers.com. The game was watched by 111.3 million viewers.

The only *television show* to make the top five most watched television programs in U.S. history was the M*A*S*H* finale.

Here are the numbers:

1. 111.3 Million -- Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Sunday’s game)
2. 111.0 Million -- Super Bowl XLV, Fox
3. 106.5 Million -- Super Bowl XLIV, CBS
4. 106.0 Million -- M*A*S*H Finale, CBS
5. 98.7 Million -- Super Bowl XLIII, NBC
In terms of household ratings, the game had a 47.0 average (along with a 71 share), up 2% from last year’s 46.0/69, making it the sixth-highest-rated Super Bowl and the highest in 26 years.
Here are the highest-rated Super Bowls in households, according to the report:
1. 49.1/73 -- Super Bowl XVI, CBS
2. 48.6/69 -- Super Bowl XVII, NBC
3. 48.3/70 -- Super Bowl XX, NBC
4. 47.2/67 -- Super Bowl XII, CBS
5. 47.1/74 -- Super Bowl XIII, NBC
6. 47.0/71 -- Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Sunday’s game)
T7. 46.4/71 -- Super Bowl XVIII, CBS
T7. 46.4/63 -- Super Bowl XIX, ABC
9. 46.3/67 -- Super Bowl XIV, CBS
10. 46.0/69 -- Super Bowl XLV, Fox

In addition, the halftime show featuring Madonna was watched by a record 114.0 million viewers, almost 4 million more than the 110.3 million who watched last year’s Black Eyed Peas performance.

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