Super Bowl XLIX Tops Record for Most Watched TV Show in History

Super Bowl XLIX Tops Record for Most Watched TV Show in History

Super Bowl XLIX was viewed by 114.4 million people last night breaking the previous record of 112.2 million views set last year when the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos played in the Super Bowl.

Whether it was all the hubbub surrounding the New England Patriots and Deflate-Gate, quarterback Tom Brady’s cold or his good looks, Marshawn Lynch’s obscene gestures or Katy Perry’s spectacular half-time concert, Super Bowl 49 broke the record book.

Throughout American television history, there have only been seven TV shows that have topped the 100 million viewer mark. Six were Super Bowls (years 2009-2014) and the other was CBS’s MASH finale that attracted 106 million viewers in 1983.

The peak in viewership last night during the Super Bowl occurred between 9:45 p.m. EST and 10:00 p.m. EST when an estimated 120.8 million people watched Brady get the Patriots back into the lead with two touchdown scoring drives. This Super Bowl also drew a rating of 47.5 which is the second highest rating next to Super Bowl XX when the Chicago Bears beat the Patriots. Ratings are determined by the percentage of viewers who have a TV who are actually watching the game.

Super Bowl 49 also drew a 71 share meaning 71 percent of people watching television on Sunday night were watching the Super Bowl game. Not too surprising of a tidbit of information here is Boston had a 81 share and Seattle had an astonishing 89 share.

One might speculate that Seattle’s share took a drastic drop after that Russell Wilson interception and the camera panned this look on Tom Brady’s face right afterwards.

Nonetheless, Super Bowl XLIX was an awesome event and competitive down to the wire. Additionally, Katy Perry’s performance was absolutely stunning, so the record-breaking viewer numbers really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

Photo: Larry Brown Sports

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