UPDATE: It’s official: Super Bowl XLIX is the most-viewed show in the entire history of television! Ready for the grand total? According to Nielsen, 114.4 million people watched the Patriots vs. Seahawks game Sunday. That tops last year’s big game by 2.2 million. Among households, the Super Bowl had the biggest household rating since 1986.
Not only that, but NBC’s post-game presentation of The Blacklist wasn’t too shabby either. The thriller averaged 26.5 million viewers and an 8.7 rating in adults 18-49, making it the most-watched post-Super Bowl entertainment telecast in three years.
MOST-WATCHED PROGRAMS IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY:
1. 114.4 Million – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Last Night’s Game)
2. 112.2 Million – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)
3. 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)
4. 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, FOX (Feb. 2011)
5. 108.7 Million – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)
6. 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS (Feb. 2010)
7. 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS (Feb. 1983)
8. 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC (Feb. 2009)
According to early ratings provided by NBC, the Patriots’ 28-24 win over Seahawks yesterday delivered the highest overnight household rating ever for the big game with a 49.7.
That’s up 4 percent from last year’s event, and up 3 percent from the previous record-holding Super Bowl — the Ravens-49ers XLVII in 2013.
Early numbers also show NBC’s post-Bowl telecast of The Blacklist averaged a 13.5 rating, which makes it the top post-game entertainment program in three years (obvivoulsy it’s also a record high for The Blacklist too).