It’s official. Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the victorious New York Giants and New England Patriots was the most-watched big game telecast ever. According to Nielsen Media Research, an average of more than 97-point-five-million people watched the event on Fox, up five percent from last year. The number also beats the 94-point-one-million viewers that Super Bowl 30, featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, drew.
Sunday’s Super Bowl also now likely comes in second when it comes to the most-watched telecast of all time, behind the M*A*S*H series finale in 1983. That episode had an audience of 105-point-nine-million people. Viewership for Sunday’s Super Bowl peaked between 9:30 and 10 p.m, when the Giants made their late-game comeback to 105-point-seven-million viewers.