Super Bowl XLVI Broke Record For Largest American TV Audience

Tuesday February 7th, 2012

The Super Bowl does fantastic TV numbers every year, of course, but never better than when two of America's biggest media markets, New York and Boston, meet at the end of the all the marbles. For proof, check out this tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter:

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A Bloomberg report gave a few details this afternoon: Super Bowl XLVI was seen by 111.3 million people, just barely edging out the record of 111 million set by the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last year. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Super Bowl has overtaken its own record.

Per capita, the game was seen in an average of 47 percent of U.S. homes, the best rating since 1986 when the Chicago Bears' win over the Patriots drew a 48.3.

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