Super Bowl surpasses finale as most-watched TV show ever in U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated one in two Canadians tuned into the Super Bowl Sunday, which was watched by more than 106 million people in the U.S., surpassing the ratings for the 1983 finale of M.A.S.H to become the mostwatched program in U.S. television history, the Nielsen Co. said Monday.
According to CTV, 6.7 million viewers watched the game on CTV and RDS while about 16.64 million viewers tuned into at least part of the broadcast.
Compelling story lines involving the city of New Orleans and its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and the attempt at a sec- ond Super Bowl ring for Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning propelled the viewership. Football ratings have been strong all season.
“It was one of those magical moments that you don’t often see in sports,” said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.
Nielsen estimated Monday that 106.5 million people watched Sunday’s Super Bowl. The M.A.S.H record was 105.97 million.
The viewership estimate obliterated the previous record viewership for a Super Bowl — last year’s game between Arizona and Pittsburgh. That game was seen by 98.7 million people, Nielsen said. COXHEATH — Riverview Redmen goalie Chad MacDonald played the last three minutes of the Red Cup