They are the kind of numbers that make your eyes water….
Super Bowl XLV has set a new television audience record in the US.
A staggering 111 million viewers tuned in to watch the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.
Those figures shattered the previous TV record audience of a 106.5 million which was set by the 2010 Super Bowl.
However its 47.9 rating equalled the mark of Super Bowl XXI.
Of the 111 million viewers that watched the game, 26.8 million stayed to catch a special episode of Glee, which is actually a significant drop of viewers, possibly because its appeal targets a different audience. The episode airs in Australia next week.
Last year’s Undercover Boss premiered to almost 40 million, but this year the game also ran longer.
The record books for US TV audience series finales has MASH at 105m, Cheers on 84m, Seinfeld at 76m, and Friends at 52m.
Source: LA Times