The 2012 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVII on CBS reached a total audience of 164.1 million viewers (6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 PM, ET), making it the most-viewed show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.
The 49ers-Ravens championship game topped the previous record of 162.9 million total viewers for Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers) and marks the fifth consecutive Super Bowl to reach a total audience of more than 150 million viewers. Super Bowls account for the 22 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.
Most-Watched TV Programs, Total Viewers
|Super Bowl XLVII (49ers-Ravens), 2/3/13||164.1 million|
|Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11||162.9 million|
|Super Bowl XLVI (Giants-Patriots), 2/5/12||159.2 million|
|Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints), 2/7/10||153.4 million|
|Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers), 2/1/09||151.6 million|
Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLVI (Feb 5, 2012) NBC: 111.3 mil
Packers-Steelers Super Bowl XLV (Feb 6, 2011) FOX: 111.0 mil
49ers-Ravens Super Bowl XLVI (Feb 3, 2013) CBS: 108.4 mil
Saints-Colts Super Bowl XLIV (Feb 7, 2010) CBS: 106.5 mil
M*A*S*H Series Finale (Feb 28, 1983) CBS 106.0 mil