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Super Bowl XLIX sets U.S. viewership record

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Tune in for Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLIX telecast on NBC?

Well, you were part of a record-breaking audience.

According to The Nielsen Company, more people watched the Patriots defeat the Seahawks than any other program in United States television history, NBC announced on Monday.

In all, 114.4 million people tuned in for Super Bowl XLIX.

The previous viewership record was set in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, when 112.2 million people watched the Seahawks rout the Broncos.

Super Bowl XLIX garnered a 47.5 share, the highest viewership percentage for a Super Bowl since the Bears-Patriots matchup in 1986 — a game also televised by NBC.

“Last night’s Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl ranks among the most exciting sporting events in U.S. history,” NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus said Monday. “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.”

The top six most-watched TV programs in U.S. history have been the last six Super Bowls. No. 7 is the final episode of “M.A.S.H,” which aired in 1983.

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64 Responses to “Super Bowl XLIX sets U.S. viewership record”
  1. adelphos33 says: Feb 2, 2015 4:59 PM

    Good entertainment. Both teams played hard. Halftime show was good. Well done by NBC overall. Enjoyable evening.

  2. deepizzaguy says: Feb 2, 2015 5:02 PM

    Of course it was the N F L version of Wrestlemania.

  3. mariorat says: Feb 2, 2015 5:02 PM

    Goodell must GO!

  4. patswinyoucry says: Feb 2, 2015 5:03 PM

    We are the standard of the NFL.

  5. vtopa says: Feb 2, 2015 5:04 PM

    And THAT folks is why you will never get any real movement on player safety, cheating scandals, etc.

  6. patswinyoucry says: Feb 2, 2015 5:04 PM

    Greatest, most decorated franchise in the history of the NFL. Proud to be a fan. This must be so painful for you. LOL!

  7. ariani1985 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:05 PM

    Good game but at least we didn’t have to see the Packers choke yet again in a big game.

  8. weepingjebus says: Feb 2, 2015 5:06 PM

    Another trophy on the shelf.

    (Nationwide music)

  9. patswinyoucry says: Feb 2, 2015 5:06 PM

    Pete is done as the Seahawks coach. That locker room will never fully recover from that playcall. They will never look at Carroll the same way. Everything will be different. It was that fatal.

  10. coltzfan166 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:06 PM

    And that is why the owners won’t get rid of Goodell

  11. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 2, 2015 5:07 PM

    The most people in the history of television saw the seahawks make a total A of themselves.

  12. patswinyoucry says: Feb 2, 2015 5:07 PM

    Best QB of all-time
    Best coach of all-time
    Best owner of all-time
    Best franchise of all-time
    Jealous much?

  13. tombradysdeflatedball says: Feb 2, 2015 5:08 PM

    Number of superbowls Patriots have won since spygate:
    1

  14. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 2, 2015 5:08 PM

    this Seattle D isn’t nearly as good up front as it was last year.. Brady carved them up like a Thanksgiving turkey when it counted.. and 115 million people got to see a shell-shocked Sherm make a sad face for the ages

  15. rhemish says: Feb 2, 2015 5:08 PM

    Pete Carroll cost Seatt the SB WOW

  16. enkay85 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:10 PM

    patswinyoucry says:
    Feb 2, 2015 5:07 PM
    Best QB of all-time
    Best coach of all-time
    Best owner of all-time
    Best franchise of all-time
    Jealous much?

    _____________________

    4-4 in Superbowls isn’t the best franchise of all time. Best success post-2000, yes. But Steelers fans were saying the same thing in the 70s then the 80s happened.

    Don’t be so insecure, you have had a good team.

  17. kurb21 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:11 PM

    That game was a monster. Tom Brady lived up to his legendary status, and he did it by delivering two TD’s when they were needed most. The Seattle defense was truly as good as advertised, but there are simply limits on what humans can do on the field. They are physically incredible out there, but Brady and his receivers simply found a hole in their front. Julian Edelman was a superstar out there and Marshawn showed he is impossible to simply tackle. This lived up to the hype and as a Patriots fan, it was as satisfying and vindicating a victory I have ever seen.

    The Patriots are the youngest team to win a SB and they will load up for a possible homecoming Super Bowl for Tom next year. Tom is an anomaly out there. He really is.

  18. rhemish says: Feb 2, 2015 5:15 PM

    Great game too bad Seattles coach lost the SB with that bone headed call and NE didn’t win the game but still a good SB

  19. bosb88 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:15 PM

    Pete Carroll did not lose that game for Seattle. Their defense, as good as it is, simply did not make enough plays. They blew a 10 point 4th quarter league. This is the reason why their defense will not be remembered as one of the best of all time.

  20. rhemish says: Feb 2, 2015 5:17 PM

    NE fans please show some class really. you were beaten and received the greatest gift of all time please be humble. Seatt lost that game you didn’t win it period be happy miracles do happen last night was one

  21. wte1 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:17 PM

    Thank you Malcolm Butler. I have finally put David Tyree behind me.

  22. 07newenglandcamcourderguy says: Feb 2, 2015 5:19 PM

    1 superbowl win since spygate. We doing it with deflated balls while going by you at 200 mph on deflated tires. Thanks for crying those salty tears because they made these icy new England roads safe to drive on!

  23. PFTcensorsRULE says: Feb 2, 2015 5:19 PM

    patswinyoucry reminds me that it’s time to back to hating the Patriots.

  24. tombradysdeflatedball says: Feb 2, 2015 5:22 PM

    From all of us fans in New England:

    Thank you for showing us the same grace and class all year you are now asking from our fan base.

    I think you can kiss our collective … rings.

  25. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 2, 2015 5:29 PM

    If Asante Samuel had hands like Malcolm Butler, we wouldn’t have had to hear from those insufferable ’72 Dolphins for the last 7+yrs

  26. mvp43 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:32 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team, but I didn’t mind Seattle losing that way. They’re a great team but have no class whatsoever. When you have no horse in the race you look for things to root for or against.

    Seattle is not a very likable team because of the talking they do and the way they act. They come off as having absolutely no class. Sherman and all of his jawing drives me crazy. No talk, crotch grabbing Lynch. I can see why fans might embrace to some extent, but that wears off quick.

  27. yyc2phx says: Feb 2, 2015 5:34 PM

    Phoenix did a great job all week. Again the NFL SUPERBOWL isn’t for the true fans but for corporate USA… Nice to see Phoenix had enough for the real fans to experience

  28. 22yearsagotoday says: Feb 2, 2015 5:38 PM

    “Best QB of all-time
    Best coach of all-time
    Best owner of all-time
    Best franchise of all-time
    Jealous much?”

    Nope: I live west of I-5 and there’s no snow or ice on the ground, and temps will reach 60 degrees again. Jealous of New England only because of the chowdah.

  29. rhemish says: Feb 2, 2015 5:45 PM

    What does Seattles defense have to do with throwing a pass at the 1 yd line with one time out left and the best RB in the league NE defense blew it they let Seatt march all the way down to the one yd line in just 60 seconds then bone head Pete C let them of the hook with a gift of all time .GB fans are so knowledgeable take a lesson

  30. DonRSD says: Feb 2, 2015 5:46 PM

    Eli owns Gentle Tom.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  31. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 2, 2015 5:54 PM

    Best QB of all-time
    Best coach of all-time
    Best owner of all-time
    Best franchise of all-time
    Jealous much?

    ———–
    GREAT POST. I AGREE WITH ALL OF THEM

  32. patsfan2112 says: Feb 2, 2015 5:57 PM

    Minus Cris Collinsworth’s all-of-sudden hate for the Pats, the NBC production was good, in addition to the game itself.

  33. iclarke1204 says: Feb 2, 2015 6:02 PM

    It’s even sweeter to know about 4/5ths of that 115 million were rooting against you for the sheer reasons of jealousy and envy.

    Haters will still hate, and with another trophy next year those same fans will be crippled into a fetal position whimpering and mumbling in a corner.

  34. rhemish says: Feb 2, 2015 6:16 PM

    The Vegas line started at Seatt -2 1/2 and moved toNE -2 so I think 4/5 of the people were rooting for NE think about it

  35. hawk944 says: Feb 2, 2015 6:28 PM

    Everybody loves the Pats!!! Thank you for beating the Seahawks!

  36. cuda1234 says: Feb 2, 2015 7:24 PM

    And this is why liberals can’t stop attacking the game now. We need more name-calling, more criticism of one of the most successful CEO’s in the country, more scaring parents away from little league, more chicks cruising the lockerrooms, more gay players, more stories about “abuse” and “swithes” and “bullying”. We must keep attacking this great American institution until we bring it down!

    We cannot, for any reason, ever mention people like Kurt Warner, Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks or thousands of other great people associated with the league!

  37. revren10 says: Feb 2, 2015 7:40 PM

    Thank You Malcolm Butler for your awesome play.

  38. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 2, 2015 8:11 PM

    Well, roid rage took over once again. Bennett should’ve been ejected in addition to Irvin, and hopefully they will both receive stiff fines and suspensions.

    It’s my pleasure to give the Seahawks and their fans a big fat moon. I don’t usually talk trash when a team other than mine wins, but this insufferable team and fan base SORELY deserve it. They have absolutely no class.

    Hey Sherman, I didn’t say you could leave. In fact, I was just getting started with you.

  39. realmenwearstripes says: Feb 2, 2015 8:24 PM

    “Wow, THAT was an epic choke!” – Scott Norwood.

  40. sactogary says: Feb 2, 2015 8:28 PM

    I can’t remember another time when the two most despised franchises in the league played each other in the Super Bowl: the arrogant, above-the-law Patriots against the classless, vulgar, loud-mouthed Seahawks.

    I’ll bet Russell Wilson hates associating with his teammates – he seems like a decent guy.

  41. raideralex99 says: Feb 2, 2015 8:36 PM

    It’s funny there was only 4 penalties .. two of them were offsides once Seattle took the lead in the 3rd quarter … the refs started calling penalties but some how the missed the trip on Lockette.
    The penalty on Thomas was big too he was 5 yds from the sideline when he jumped to knock Vereen out … that was a borderline call and was only called because the Pats were losing and they were have had to punt instead the drive is alive and they get the TD.
    That penalty on Sherman was BS too … they never show it “blocking below the waist” how can you hit someone below the waist when you are standing up?
    The close games the Pats always get the calls.

  42. str53ngth says: Feb 2, 2015 9:16 PM

    Legion of Bandwagoners

  43. patsfan1820 says: Feb 2, 2015 9:22 PM

    It’s funny there was only 4 penalties .. two of them were offsides once Seattle took the lead in the 3rd quarter … the refs started calling penalties but some how the missed the trip on Lockette.
    The penalty on Thomas was big too he was 5 yds from the sideline when he jumped to knock Vereen out … that was a borderline call and was only called because the Pats were losing and they were have had to punt instead the drive is alive and they get the TD.
    That penalty on Sherman was BS too … they never show it “blocking below the waist” how can you hit someone below the waist when you are standing up?
    The close games the Pats always get the calls.
    —————————————————————–
    Funny how you don’t mention the punter’s plant leg being taken out by Seattle yet only a 5 yard declined penalty was called, the obvious offensive P.I on Chris Matthews that wasn’t called, or the helmet to helmet hit on Edelman that wasn’t . Then again you’re trying to establish a narrative so please continue spewing your garbage. Oh and the Patriots were top 10 in the league in penalties this year but don’t let facts stop you.

  44. revren10 says: Feb 2, 2015 9:45 PM

    @rhemish

    The pats won deal with it. If Tom never threw those two picks Seattle would’ve never been in the game.

  45. hazelmn says: Feb 2, 2015 9:46 PM

    What a great game. I am sure diehard Patriot or Seahawk fans want to “break it down”, but as someone who had no dog in the hunt, I just say it was a great way to spend a Sunday evening.

  46. raideralex99 says: Feb 2, 2015 9:53 PM

    The refs were allowing the players to play and did not want to decide the out come. There was alot of holding on the Pats DBs and the refs let it go but as soon as the Pats are losing BLAM out come the flags. The penalties help the Pats in time stoppage and of course to extend drives.
    I mention the obvious penalties … notice how I did not mention the first half … the OL knocked off the helmet of the DL. Hands to the face it the only way a helmet gets knock off. The first pass completion the Pats DB was holding Matthews. I’m glad you metion the helmet to helmet hit … NFL rules the player has to go off. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Yes the Pats were second in the league in penalties 51 of their penalties came in 3 blow out games BUT what about the close game. Remember the Raiders winning TD this season phantom holding … no TD lol.
    In the previous 10 years the Pats were always at the bottom of the league in penalties.

    Pats are a good team BUT they sure do get alot of help from the refs … more than any other team.

  47. jason1980 says: Feb 2, 2015 9:59 PM

    You know a half-time show sucked eggs when nobody’s talking about it the next day. When twitter feeds barely reacts. We all remember Beyonce’s half-time performance, twitter feed crashed, almost forgot there was a game. The hoop-la and commentary went on for weeks. LOL

  48. revren10 says: Feb 2, 2015 10:02 PM

    @crappygovernment

    Tebow had a chance he wasn’t good enough. He was given a chance to play another position and refused.

  49. mayoroffoxboro says: Feb 2, 2015 10:11 PM

    Number of Titles Patriots won since last night
    0

    Also Malcom Butler signs life long contract and will be taking my job as Mayor.

    PATS

  50. houndofthebaskervols says: Feb 2, 2015 10:15 PM

    First Super Bowl I ever watched every single play. Go Pats!

    And fire Goodell.

  51. pantherpro says: Feb 2, 2015 10:17 PM

    People wanted to see the SeaHags lose. America’s most hated team along with the bogus 12th man. Its like nobody else has fans? Nobody knew Seattle had an NFL team up until four years ago.

  52. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    IT HAS NOW BEEN 24 HOURS SINCE PATRIOT HATERS RAN HOME TO THEIR MOMMIES.

    BOW DOWN TO THE CHAMPS. WINNERS OF MORE SUPER BOWLS THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE NFL IN THE LAST THIRD OF A CENTURY.

    ON YOUR KNEES PUNKS. KISS THE RING

  53. thefalconwolf says: Feb 2, 2015 10:25 PM

    Tebow was not great but he is better than a lot of the starters in the NFL today, Berber really got a chance. What I don’t understand is that plenty of QB get time to develop and almost none with his record would have been thrown away….Alex Smith is like Tebow dose not have the mechanics but he just wins games……there is know way he should not be playing, even as a backup……..Atlanta should get the boot hard if this is proven…. This would effect the game unlike air in the football

  54. syrinx35 says: Feb 2, 2015 10:43 PM

    rhemish says:
    Feb 2, 2015 5:17 PM
    NE fans please show some class really. you were beaten and received the greatest gift of all time please be humble.

    ===================================

    You’re asking the impossible. Pats fans are the biggest jerks in all of sports, even worse than Yankees fans. They have absolutely zero class.

  55. syrinx35 says: Feb 2, 2015 10:44 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Feb 2, 2015 10:17 PM
    People wanted to see the SeaHags lose. America’s most hated team

    =========================================

    Trust me, that is one title you classless Pats jerks will hold onto for a long time.

  56. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 2, 2015 10:47 PM

    I AM THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK IN THE GAME. WHEN YOU TRY ME WITH A SORRY CORNER LIKE SHERMAN THAT’S THE RESULT YOU’RE GO’N GET. DON’T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT ME….SHERMAN! DON’T YOU EVER OPEN YOUR MOUTH ABOUT THE BEST. OR IMMA SHUT IT FOR YOU REAL QUICK!
    — Tom Brady

  57. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 2, 2015 10:47 PM

    Trust me, that is one title you classless Pats jerks will hold onto for a long time.

    —-

    U mad bro?

  58. revren10 says: Feb 2, 2015 10:47 PM

    @Falconwolf is tebow is so good why is he not in the league

  59. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Feb 2, 2015 11:01 PM

    …and thanks to the media frenzy promoted by the media, they all tuned in watch the MIGHTY PATS lose…SWEET! thanks florio!

  60. adderal says: Feb 2, 2015 11:11 PM

    Was glad to see Brady win even though that does place in in the convo with my favorite qb Montana. Have always admired Brady and co from a distance although I missed most of there earlier titles while stationed overseas and blacking out through most of those bowl games. And Dam it was nice to see those classless tools from the north west get there hearts stomped out. What a great day!!!

  61. beastmode5150 says: Feb 2, 2015 11:42 PM

    Keep talking about the Seahawks. They Are the second youngest team in the league and just went to back to back Super Bowls. Our city is more beautiful than yours, and our team is better, it’s ok to be mad.

  62. roygreenunderrated says: Feb 3, 2015 2:17 AM

    Does that 114 million number seem like a lowball estimate to anyone but me? How long does someone have to watch the game to count as viewing the game. Just a hunch but I’d bet there were millions more who actually saw at least some of it, probably in the 175 million range maybe higher. The population is over 320 million now so I don’t think that’s a huge stretch. Someone is going to have to explain to me how Neilsen factors in all the people watching at Super Bowl parties and sports bars to come up with an accurate number.

  63. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 3, 2015 2:43 AM

    as of right now, there is no reason to believe the patriots won’t be back there next year…as long as they resign revis and browner. nobody in the AFC will come near them. the broncos are sinking fast, and indy can’t keep up. it’s going to be the patriots.

    NFC…could be interesting…but I see a packers-seahawks nfc championship game again.

    so it will be packers-patriots or seahawks-patriots next year. mark it down.

  64. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 3, 2015 6:08 AM

    Legion of Gloom after that play call but they will probably be back next year. Basically they lost because they got too cute right at the end. Whose to say Terrific Tom could not have marched them down the field if they had scored. Who knows. The problem is both these teams are built to be contending in the super bowl next year because although there are a number of others that could challange them, come playoff time not many field full strength teams and both these clubs show how good they deal with injuries and how durable their main players are.

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