Super Bowl draws record 111 million US viewers

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 7, 2011 19:30 EDT
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WASHINGTON — The Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers drew an average of 111 million viewers in the United States, topping last year’s record, The Nielsen Co. said Monday.

Nielsen said the broadcast on FOX of Super Bowl XLV, which was won 31-25 by the Packers, was viewed in 53.3 million US households.

Last year’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts attracted 106.5 million viewers in the United States.

“Super Bowl XLV caps what is arguably the most successful season that any sports league has ever had,” Nielsen’s Pat McDonough said.

“The Super Bowl continues to be in a category of its own, with an appeal that transcends sports and extends even to the commercials,” McDonough said.

Last year’s World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands drew 24.3 million viewers in the United States, making it the most-watched soccer game in US television history, according to Nielsen.

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  • Guest

    I wasn’t one of them.I don’t worship at the feet of millionaire sports or celebrities. Sad commentary when people choose such crap to become an excuse for their being. The “Spectator Society” rules! And then people wonder why the government and corporations are snickering behind the backs of the (m)ASSES.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/243HMPJWIG277BUEZIHIQUHHA4 Marco

    and this is why I rode yesterday during the game. Hardly any motor vehicles on the road! Lots of bikes and runners out yesterday….wish every day was SB Sunday!

  • Anonymous

    What’s the Superbowl?

  • Guest

    I grew up 50 miles north of Green Bay, so I have to admit that the Packers are part of my DNA. They are the only sports team in the USA that is owned by the PEOPLE: 112,015 shareholders, mostly blue-collar types who work in paper mills and such like, not some rich fat-cat asshole.

    I know, Glenn Beck is going to call this socialism, but… GO PACK!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYSO4QKTV4W5DVINPB3RWGLJB4 GregJ

    I went surfing with a friend. I fired up a grill and ate lunch with more friends. Still more friends came over to watch the game. After the Packers won, I went out to celebrate and got the phone number of a lovely young woman who I am meeting for dinner in an hour.

    I was a “spectator” of the game, sure, but that is only because the Packers really aren’t interested in the services of a 6’3″, 195-pound defensive end who is 32. But when it came to asses, I was shaking mine and most definitely a participant.

    My Super Bowl Sunday kicked ass! Just wanted to try to balance the comments a little bit.

  • Anonymous

    The Packers are the only socialist team in Football, the team owned by the smallest town in the league, the owners who could not be mentioned by FOX Sports won the SuperBowl–take that you libertarian free market tea party Ron Paul and Rand Paul entrepreneurial, top down–great men types. No Hunt brothers, No Rooney’s, No Paul Allen’s or other ego driven billionaire’s, the people of Green Bay own the team.

    And Rogers the quarterback from Berkeley kicked Rapenburger’s ass.

    And if the people of Green Bay ever decide to build a new stadium it really will be something that benefits the taxpayers not just some rich billionaire ripping off the taxpayers.

    If the rest of the league operated this way maybe the players could avert a lockout by the greedy owners who think even after all the freebies they get from the cities and taxpayers where they play that they are getting screwed.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    it was a good game but…The Black Eyed Peas were LAME!…Will I Am loves him his Auto-Tune…how does a pro singer get away with that?…WTF?..