This record got set by last year's Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl XLV was a grand TV event and the Packers against the Steelers was a great game. The Packers won at the end and FOX could have landed a new viewer record. According to TV Guide preliminary Nielsen ratings viewership is up 3%. This would mean the Super Bowl XLV is the new biggest U.S. TV event of all times. This record was set by the Super Bowl 2010 on CBS.
Last year Nielsen ratings saw an average of 106,480 million viewers during Super Bowl XLIV. The Super Bowl 2009 had 98,732 million viewers. Since 2008 the Super Bowl audience size has been setting records. Before that the M*A*S*H finale in 1983, which was seen by an average of 50.2 million homes has held that record for a very long time.
I assume Nielsen will have the final ratings for the Super Bowl XLV in the 1 or 2 days. Then we know for sure. A new viewership record also is great news for Super Bowl advertisers as they got more eyeballs onto their expensive ads. If you want to watch the 2011 Super Bowl commercials again visit our complete Super Bowl Ads Video Gallery.
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