By James Hibberd
Updated February 03, 2014 at 03:37 PM EST
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The biggest Super Bowl blowout in two decades had the biggest viewership ever, according to final numbers provided by Fox Sports.

Super Bowl XLVIII delivered an incredible 111.5 million viewers. That’s enough to rank Sunday’s game as the most-watched U.S. TV telecast of all time, edging out 2011’s previous record-holding game.

The 43-8 Seattle Seahawks victory drained some suspense from the annual telecast which analysts suspected would impact overall viewership. In fact, preliminary ratings early this morning suggested the game was down from last year. But in the final numbers, the Super Bowl once again set a new benchmark. The previous five Super Bowls are now the five most watched TV programs in U.S. history (the long-running holder for most-watched TV program, the M*A*S*H finale in 1983, now ranks sixth). Only last year’s telecast broke a string of rising ratings that started in 2006.

The half-time show also set a record with 115.3 million viewers watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, beating the 110.8 million delivered by Beyonce last year and the prior record of 114.0 million set by Madonna two years ago.

The top markets for the game were Kansas City and Seattle. New York City had its best Super Bowl rating since 1987.

Here’s Annie Barrett’s rundown of the best and worst Super Bowl ads. Here’s how Fox’s other Sunday night post-game shows performed.

Historical chart:

Super Bowl

Season

Date

Total Viewers

NFC Champion

AFC Champion

: 30 ad rate

XLVIII

2013

Feb 2, 2014

111,500

XLVII

2012

Feb 3, 2013

108,693

San Francisco

Baltimore

$3.8 million

XLVI

2011

Feb 5, 2012

111,346

NY Giants

New England

$3.5 million

XLV

2010

Feb 6 2011

111,041

Green Bay

Pittsburgh

$3 million

XLIV

2009

Feb 7 2010

106,476

New Orleans

Indianapolis

$2.65 million

XLIII

2008

Feb 1 2009

98,736

Arizona

Pittsburgh

$3 million

XLII

2007

Feb. 3,2008

97,452

NY Giants

New England

$2.7 million

XLI

2006

Feb 4. 2007

93,250

Chicago

Indianapolis

$2.6 million

XL

2005

Feb 5 2006 *

90,745

Seattle

Pittsburgh

$2.5 million

XXXIX

2004

Feb 6 2005

86,072

Philadelphia

New England

$2.4 million

XXXVIII

2003

Feb 1 2004

89,795

Carolina

New England

$2.25 million

XXXVII

2002

Jan 26 2003

88,637

Tampa Bay

Oakland

$2.1 million

XXXVI

2001

Feb 3 2002

86,801

St. Louis

New England

$1.9 million

XXXV

2000

Jan 28 2001

84,335

NY Giants

Baltimore

$2.05 million

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