Super Bowl XLVI Most-Watched Television Show in U.S. History

Super Bowl XLVI Most-Watched Television Show in U.S. History

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM EST

(NBC news release) Super Bowl XLVI is the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years, according to fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The game, in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17, was seen by a record 111.3 million viewers (6:31-9:58 p.m. ET), topping last year’s 111.0 for Super Bowl XLV on Fox and the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history.

The game earned a 47.0 rating and a 71 share, a gain of two percent from last year’s 46.0/69 for Super Bowl XLV and is the highest-rated Super Bowl since 1986 (Bears-Patriots, Super Bowl XX, 48.3/70). The 47.0 rating is the 6th highest in Super Bowl history.

Read the entire NBC news release HERE.




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