The Super Bowl – Most Watched TV Program Ever

Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM PST by

Over a million viewers made the Super Bowl more watched than the M*A*S*H finale.

It’s official. This year’s Super Bowl has surpassed the 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H as the most watched television show of all time.

When looking at numbers from the box office, there’s always a bit of mental arithmetic involved. The increasing cost of movie tickets raises the dollar amounts taken in, so of course newer movies tend to do better than older movies.

Television ratings ring a bit more true. Sure, a few things can be factored in, such as the increased number of television sets in the US, but so can the multitude of channels that were unavailable back in 1983.

The record that was once held by the finale of M*A*S*H was a viewership of 105.97 million people. Neilson reports estimate that over 106.5 million people tuned in to watch the Saints take on the Colts.

Of particular interest, and not yet revealed, is the comparison between standard definition and high definition viewings of the game.

Source: MSNBC

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