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2011 Super Bowl: Most Watched Ever

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The NFL and Jerry Jones didn't get the record they wanted for attendance, but what the NFL did get was a record television audience, again. With numbers like these, if the NFL has a lockout, they are truly idiotic.

From the NFL...

The record-setting 2010 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLV on FOX reached a total audience of 162.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.

The Packers-Steelers championship game topped by 9.5 million the previous record of 153.4 million total viewers set last year (Colts-Saints in Super Bowl XLIV) and marks the fourth consecutive record-setting total audience for the Super Bowl. Super Bowls account for the 20 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.

Most-Watched TV Programs, Total Viewers


Total Viewers

Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11

162.9 million

Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints), 2/7/10

153.4 million

Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers), 2/1/09

151.6 million

Super Bowl XLII (Giants-Patriots), 2/3/08

148.3 million

Super Bowl XXXVIII (Patriots-Panthers), 2/1/04

144.4 million

Source: NFL, The Nielsen Company

In addition, a record average of 111 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLV - topping the previous mark of 106.5 million for Super Bowl XLIV.

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