View Full Version : Super Bowl XLIII now called most watched TV program ever

02-04-2009, 02:16 AM
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Upon further review, NBC officials announced today the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII attracted the largest audience in television history.

Using official national ratings supplied by Nielsen Media Research -- overnights released yesterday termed the 42.1 ratings around average by Super Bowl standards -- NBC recalculated the final numbers and concluded that a record 151.6 million viewers watched at least part of the Steelers' 27-23 triumph over Arizona on Sunday. It was a figure 3.3 million higher than the previous NFL championship, New York Giants-New England Patriots one year earlier.

NBC said 98.7 million viewers were tuned into its Super broadcast on average, which likewise topped the previous year's projected total.

The numbers:

Most viewed TV programs in history (total viewers):

1. Super Bowl XLIII, Steelers-Cardinals 151.6 million (2009)

2. Super Bowl XLII, Giants-Patriots 148.3 million (2008)

3. Super Bowl XXXVIII, Patriots-Panthers 144.4 million (2004)

Mist watched Super Bowls (average viewers):

1. Super Bowl XLIII Steelers-Cardinals 98.7 million (2009)

2. Super Bowl XLII, Giants-Patriots 97.5 million (2008)

3. Super Bowl XXX, Steelers-Cowboys 94.1 million (1996)

4. Super Bowl XLI, Colts-Bears 93.2 million (2007)

5. Super Bowl XXVII, Cowboys-Bills 91.0 million (1993)

02-04-2009, 11:00 AM
where is the series finale of MASH? I coulda sworn it was number 1 or 2 before this year.

02-04-2009, 11:09 AM
Mash was viewed by nearly 106 million Americans...

Dean Denton
02-04-2009, 11:20 AM
If I would have had a national broadcast when I wrestled in Portland more people would have tuned in to watch me then what they did. Now I might not have topped SB XL III, but I would have beat out SB XL II. I'm sexier then Brady....

02-04-2009, 12:45 PM
I remember the series finale of MASH, I still watch it on DVD now and then..what a great show!

It's cool to know that we got our 6th Lombardi trophy with the highest viewer audience ever!! :towelwave:

02-04-2009, 01:02 PM
Pure sweetness! :clap:

02-04-2009, 03:15 PM
all i can say is i watched it.

02-04-2009, 05:33 PM
Im watching again tonite on NFLN this time alot less stress involved

02-05-2009, 12:28 AM
Yeah, I came across that sometime yesterday. That's pretty sweet.