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Super Bowl XLIX is Most Watch TV Program in U.S. History

Super Bowl XLIX on NBC was the most watched program in U.S. history with 114.4 million viewers. This surpassed the number held by last year’s contest by 2.2 million.

Here are the top eight most watched programs in U.S. history as compiled by TV Media Insights:

1) 114.4 Million – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Feb. 2015)
2) 112.2 Million – Super Bowl XLVIII, Fox (Feb. 2014)
3) 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)
4) 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, Fox (Feb. 2011)
5) 108.7 Million – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)
6) 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS (Feb. 2010)
7) 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS (Feb. 1983)
8) 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC (Feb. 2009)

Here are the highest rated Super Bowls (based on household rating and share):

1) 49.1/73 – Super Bowl XVI, CBS (Jan. 1982)
2) 48.6/69 – Super Bowl XVII, NBC (Jan. 1983)
3) 48.3/70 – Super Bowl XX, NBC (Jan. 1986)
4) 47.5/71 – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Feb. 2015)
5) 47.2/67 – Super Bowl XII, CBS (Jan. 1978)
6) 47.1/74 – Super Bowl XIII, NBC (Jan. 1979)
7) 47.0/71 – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)
8) 46.7/69 – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)
9t) 46.4/71 – Super Bowl XVIII, CBS (Jan. 1984)
9t) 46.4/63 – Super Bowl XIX, ABC (Jan. 1985)
9t) 46.4/69 – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)

Earlier today, NBC released an announcement that Super Bowl XLIX had the highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history:

The thrilling Patriots’ 28-24 win over Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on NBC delivered the highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history with 49.7/72.

NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX overnight topped a 50 rating in each half hour from 8pm ET forward and peaked at a 52.9/73 from 10-10:15 p.m. ET.

NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX overnight is up +4% from last year (47.6/70) and up +3% from prior record (48.1/71 for Ravens-49ers SB XLVII in Feb. ‘13)

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Super Bowl XLIX is Most Watch TV Program in U.S. History

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