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Blowout-defying Super Bowl XLVIII sets new national ratings record (updated with revised final numbers)


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Averaging 112.2 million viewers nationally, Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox vaulted past the 2012 game (111.3 million) to become the most-watched television program ever.

The new mark was set despite the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 rout of the favored Denver Broncos, who trailed 22-0 at halftime and never made anything resembling a comeback. It was the first Super Bowl played in a cold weather locale in an outdoor stadium, even though the weather at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium was unseasonably balmy.

Fox says that its post-Super Bowl attractions, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, respectively drew 26.3 million and 15.1 million viewers.

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