Super Bowl XLVI - Another TV Ratings Record
Another TV Ratings Record

The season concluded with yet another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVI on NBC reached a total audience of 166.8 million viewers.

The Giants-Patriots championship game topped the previous record of 162.9 million total viewers set in Super Bowl XLV and marks the fifth consecutive record-setting total audience for the Super Bowl. Super Bowls account for the 21 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.

Most-Watched Super Bowls

Game Teams Year Total Viewers
Source: NFL, The Nielsen Company
Super Bowl LIPatriots-Falcons2017172.0 million
Super Bowl LBroncos-Panthers2016167.0 million
Super Bowl XLIXPatriots-Seahawks2015168.0 million
Super Bowl XLVIIISeahawks-Broncos2014167.0 million
Super Bowl XLVIIRavens-49ers2013164.1 million
Super Bowl XLVIGiants-Patriots2012166.8 million
Super Bowl XLVPackers-Steelers2011162.9 million
Super Bowl XLIVColts-Saints2010153.4 million
Super Bowl XLIIICardinals-Steelers2009151.6 million
Super Bowl XLIIGiants-Patriots2008148.3 million


In addition, a record average of 111.3 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLVI -- topping the previous mark of 111 million for Super Bowl XLV.

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