NFL: Super Bowl XLIX Was the Most-Watched TV Program Ever

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Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks was one of the most exciting sporting events of all time. While it is true that the Super Bowl always has been a ratings and viewership goldmine, this year’s game was record-breaking. Despite neither team having a particularly huge fan base, this game was still one of the most anticipated Super Bowl matchups in NFL history.

Will Super Bowl XLIX’s viewership records eventually be broken? Most likely. Regardless, in honor of this year’s eye-popping Super Bowl statistics, we’ve compiled a list of the five most-watch television programs of all-time. (Hint: They’re all Super Bowls.)

All data are courtesy of NBC Sports Group.

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5.  Super Bowl XLVII

  • Result: Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31
  • Date: February 3, 2013
  • Network: CBS
  • Viewership: 108.7 million
  • Rating: 46.4
  • Share: 69

For those who don’t remember, this was a matchup of the Harbaugh brothers. John’s Ravens ultimately defeated Jim’s 49ers in a game that experienced a third-quarter power outage.

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4.  Super Bowl XLV

  • Result: Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25
  • Date: February 6, 2011
  • Network: Fox
  • Viewership: 111 million
  • Rating: 46
  • Share: 69

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history in this game, where the Steelers were able to come back from a 21-10 halftime deficit to make this one of the more exciting Super Bowls in recent memory.

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3.  Super Bowl XLVI

  • Result: New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17
  • Date: February 5, 2012
  • Network: NBC
  • Viewership: 111.3 million
  • Rating: 47
  • Share: 71

The Patriots would have become only the second team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated had they been able to hold off the Giants in this game. Eli Manning won the MVP award in this one while leading the Giants to their fourth world championship in franchise history.

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2.  Super Bowl XLVIII

  • Result: Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8
  • Date: February 2, 2014
  • Network: Fox
  • Viewership: 112.2 million
  • Rating: 46.7
  • Share: 69

In the regular season, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos had just put together the best offensive season in NFL history, and the Seattle Seahawks were coming off of a historically great defensive season. In one of the most lopsided games in Super Bowl history, the Seahawks crushed the Broncos and took home their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

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1.  Super Bowl XLIX

  • Result: New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
  • Date: February 1, 2015
  • Network: NBC
  • Viewership: 114.4 million
  • Rating: 47.5
  • Share: 71

A lot of the talk leading into this game revolved around the Patriots’ DeflateGate scandal. As soon as the game began, DeflateGate became old news. This game was exciting from beginning to end, culminating in a play call that will be remembered as being one of the worst decisions in NFL history.