Su­per Bowl sur­passes fi­nale as most-watched TV show ever in U.S.

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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

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