Super Bowl Smashes Ratings Record, Garners Biggest Audience In TV History

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

The New England Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks gives NBC the most watched telecast in U.S. history.

Super Bowl XLIX surged to break multiple records on Sunday night, raking in 114.4 million viewers to become the most watched telecast in U.S. history. That easily tops the previous record, set by the Super Bowl in 2014, of 112.2 million.

Earlier on Monday, overnight ratings suggested that the new record was attainable with the New England Patriots’ narrow victory over the Seattle Seahawks delivering a 49.7 rating, the highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history. That’s up 4 percent from the 2014 blowout that pulled a 47.6 rating — the fifth-highest overnight on record for a Super Bowl.

The highest overnight for a Super Bowl prior to last night’s figure was in 2013 with a 48.1 rating, though that game went on to only gross 108 million viewers (a paltry sum, indeed). “Last night’s Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl ranks among the most exciting sporting events in U.S. history,” said NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus. “Super Bowl XLIX delivered for all of our partners, proving once again that the Super Bowl is the most dominant and consistent property on television.”

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
Michael O’Connell

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