Thursday, February 7, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII: Not Quite A Record-Setter But The NFL Will Take It

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The Baltimore Ravens thrilling 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII was a ratings juggernaut (as all Super Bowls are) but it fell a bit short of breaking the all-time record as the most-watched television event ever. According to The Nielsen Company an estimated 108.4 million viewers watched this year's Super Bowl making it the third-most watched program in U.S. television history.

Here are the 13 most viewed television programs in U.S. history:

1. Super Bowl XLVI -- 111.3 million viewers (2012) [New York Giants over New England Patriots]
2. Super Bowl XLV -- 111 million viewers (2011) [Green Bay Packers over Pittsburgh Steelers]
3. Super Bowl XLVII -- 108.4 million viewers (2013) [Ravens over 49ers]
4. Super Bowl XLIV -- 106.5 million viewers (2010) [New Orleans Saints over Indianapolis Colts]
5. M*A*S*H* series finale -- 106 million viewers (1983)
6. Super Bowl XLIII -- 98.7 million viewers (2009) [Pittsburgh Steelers over Arizona Cardinals]
7. Super Bowl XLII -- 97.5 million viewers (2008) [Giants over Patriots]
8. Super Bowl XXX -- 94.1 million viewers (1996) [Dallas Cowboys over Pittsburgh Steelers]
9. Super Bowl XLI -- 93.2 million viewers (2007) [Indianapolis Colts over Chicago Bears]
10. Cheers 100-minute finale special -- 93.1 million viewers (1993)
11. Super Bowl XX -- 93 million viewers (1986) [Chicago Bears over New England Patriots]
12. Super Bowl XL -- 91 million viewers (2006) [Pittsburgh Steelers over Seattle Seahawks]  
13. Super Bowl XXVII -- 91 million viewers (1993) [Dallas Cowboys over Buffalo Bills]

As we can see only the M*A*S*H* finale and the Cheers finale spoiled the NFL's Super Bowl ratings party.

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