2nd UPDATE, 12:48 PM: The final numbers are in and Fox has scored a total touchdown with this year’s Super Bowl. With 111.5 million viewers, last night’s game tops out as the most-watched TV show in U.S history. Slapping down preliminary numbers, the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 blowout of the Denver Broncos tops the previous viewership record of the 111.34 million who watched the 2012 Super Bowl on NBC. Yesterday’s game is also the most-watched show in Fox’s history, beating out the 111 million who watched the 2011 Super Bowl on the network. With an average fast national share of 46.4/69, the Seahawks-Broncos game matches the result the Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers last year. The 2014 and 2013 games are now tied as the second-highest-rated Super Bowls in 27 years.
Sunday’s game beat out last year on another field, however: the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It pulled in 115.3 million viewers, better than Beyonce did last year with 110.8 million and shattering the previous halftime record Madonna set in 2012 with 114 million watching.
The 44.5/70 kickoff rating yesterday was also highest in Super Bowl history, up 12% from last year’s game. The ratings peaked yesterday at 7:30-8 PM ET with a 47.9/71, when Seattle took command of the game building a 22-0 lead and never looking back.