Super Bowl Is Most-Watched U.S. Broadcast Ever (Again)

Game beats last year’s record-breaking viewership

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. 

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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.

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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.