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Super Bowl XLVIII is most watched program in TV history

Super Bowl XLVIII is most watched program in TV history

SUPER RATINGS: The Super Bowl became the most-watched television program in history. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 111 million people watched the Super Bowl this year, making it the most watched TV event in history.

It’s the fourth time in five years that it’s set a new record. A

An even bigger audience of 115 million people watched Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers halftime show. That breaks the record for a halftime show audience set by Madonna.

Nearly 26 million people stuck around after the game to watch Prince do a guest shot on “New Girl.” By the time “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” came on after “New Girl,” the audience had dwindled to about 15 million, which is nearly four times as many viewers as it usually gets.

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It’s not just the TV ratings from the Super Bowl that matter these days. Fox says an average of 528,000 people watched the live Internet stream of Sunday’s rout by the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

The highest number of online viewers came at the end of the third quarter — when the game was well in hand for Seattle. It’s perhaps an indication that people at Super Bowl parties or at home felt safe to check out other programming while monitoring the game online — or chose to mingle with others who weren’t glued to the lopsided win.

The number of Super Bowl related tweets was 24.9 million — up from 24.1 million such tweets last year.

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