The Super Bowl is the most-watched U.S. broadcast of all time — again. But it didn't beat ratings records.
Sunday's Super Bowl XLV became the most-watched U.S. television program ever by beating out last year's Super Bowl. It averaged 111 million viewers to beat the record of 106.5 million set by last year's game.
That game beat the 106 million viewers for the series finale of "M*A*S*H," which held the viewership record from 1983 to 2010.
Though Sunday's win by the Green Bay Packers broke viewership records, it didn't set any ratings milestones. The game posted a 46.0/69 household rating/share, tying Super Bowl XXX in 1996 as the highest-rated since Super Bowl XX in 1986.
Viewership for the Super Bowl has risen for the past six years because the overall U.S. population continues to rise.
Sunday's strong numbers helped a post-game episode of "Glee" become television's highest-rated scripted show in three years. But it didn't beat last year's post-Super Bowl airing of "Undercover Boss" on CBS.