It turns out that Super Bowl XLIII’s ratings were even better than early estimates indicated: The Pittsburgh Steelers’ dramatic victory over the Arizona Cardinals scored the second-largest numbers ever for the Big Game, averaging 95.4 million viewers for NBC — outdone only by last year’s at-least-as-memorable Giants-Patriots matchup, which tackled 97.5 million for Fox.
Incidentally, TV trivia geeks, that also makes Sunday’s game the third-most-viewed telecast in history. No. 1? The M*A*S*H finale in 1983, with 106 million viewers
TUESDAY UPDATE: NBC is now saying that this year’s game was the most-watched Super Bowl in history, with an average of 98.7 million viewers. Still, that total trails the M*A*S*H finale by some measure.