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Super Bowl XLIV most watched TV show ever

5 years ago Monday, February 08, 2010 10:48:49 AM CST February 08, 2010 Monday, February 08 2010 Feb 8, 2010 in News
Source: Associated Press

Super Bowl XLIV was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched program in television history.

The Nielsen Co. estimated Monday that 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints upset the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, to capture the first Super Bowl in franchise history. That total beats the "M-A-S-H" finale, which had 105.97 million viewers in an era when there were fewer television sets.

Compelling story lines involving the city of New Orleans and its recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the quest for a second Super Bowl ring for Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning propelled the
viewership.

The game also obliterated the previous record viewership for a Super Bowl -- last year's game between Arizona and Pittsburgh in which 98.7 million people watched.

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