Super Bowl XLVI Most Watched TV Show Ever

The numbers are in and Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched television show in U.S. history.

The Nielsen Company says 111.3 million people watched the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots, 21-17. The game was broadcast on NBC and WITN.

Last night's audience topped the previous record 111.0 million, those who watched Super Bowl XLV on Fox.

The viewership and ratings grew throughout the game and peaked at 117.7 million viewers from 9:30-9:58 p.m. when Eli Manning led the Giants on a game-winning drive.


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  • by Jason Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:11 AM
    To frank before you ever speak again do some research because the previous record was last years Super Bowl and the one before that was also the record as well . So before you bash a sport the breaks it's own record every year try watching it instead of a weak sport like soccer which has no point an you get penalized for running in to somebody an knocking them down how's that for an over grown overpaid cry baby. Fact MLS and MLB are the over paid ones
  • by Frank Location: Eastland on Feb 7, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    To anonymous at 10:38am, I like college basketball. The only sport I really care anything about. I hope Duke gets themselves back in form and beats UNC tomorrow nite at the Dome. And I'm not much of a chef lol, but I can cook a mean tuna fish casserole.
  • by Pats fan always on Feb 6, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    That was a 4 hour sit on the edge of your seat exciting game. I lost a hundred , but I figure it was worth it just getting to see it on tv. Can't even imagine how much tickets cost. But hey, maybe I can win it back next season. Go Pats ! Boston, we are sports.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to Pats fan always
      Why did you have to pay a hundred to watch it on TV? I didnt...
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        by Pats fan always on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:07 PM in reply to
        I lost the hundred on a bet, not to pay to watch the game. Sorry for the misunderstanding, but I had to find reason for not feeling to bad over the loss.
  • by Frank Location: Eastern NC on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    Wow...111-plus million peeps watched this rubbish? Okay, I'm a guy; I'm "supposed" to like football according to societal gender stereotype whatever etc., but anyway. Don't blame me for last night's record-breaker; I didn't watch! I had much better things to do with my time like say work! BTW, the previous record-holder was the series finale of "MASH" in 1983, supposedly watched by 100 million. No, I didn't watch that either...was only 12 then. Cared more about Bugs Bunny and the Flintstones!
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      by Furter/weiner /Ball Park on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:08 PM in reply to Frank
      And probably still do.
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        by Frank on Feb 7, 2012 at 02:43 AM in reply to Furter/weiner /Ball Park
        You're right sir Ball Park, I do still like my old-school 'toons! What's wrong with that? Sure beats the drivel that's on the tube these days!! Maybe WITN should do a revision of "Witney the Hobo"; that would be better than watching a bunch of overgrown, overpaid, crybabies (who had a strike last summer I think?),playing a nonsensical sport that hardly even involves the foot at all! Soccer is more real "football" than this NFL garbage!
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          by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:38 AM in reply to Frank
          I would suggest that you stay in the kitchen and let the guys watch sports, haha
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    will someone please explain to me how they know this?
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      by blah on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to
      Maybe because it was streaming on the computer.That was the only way I could watch it due to these obamanomic times.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 05:42 PM in reply to blah
        Get a job (or a life) and quit complaining.
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