More people watched the 2011 Super Bowl than any TV program in history. FOX, who televised the Green Bay Packers 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, just announced the TV ratings for Sunday's game. As many of us figured, they set a new record:
Super Bowl XLV on FOX averaged 111 million viewers and 162.9 total viewers to become the most-watched program in TV history.
The news doesn't come as a surprise for a couple of reasons.
First, consider the teams. The Packers and Steelers are two of the most storied franchises, two of the most popular and have fan bases that go beyond Green Bay and Pittsburgh.
Second, consider the popularity of the NFL. The 2010 Super Bowl beat the M*A*S*H* finale as the most watched show in American TV history. According to the NFL, that game had a total of 153.4 million viewers and we saw that number jump to 162.9 million this year.
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