Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl shatters Nielsen viewership record with 114.4 million viewers


Super Bowl XLIX was a thriller. In the aftermath, and on the heels of record-setting overnight ratings, nobody can be surprised it also smashed the viewership record, averaging with 114.4 million viewers.

That easily surpassed the previous record of 112.91 million for last year’s Seahawks-Broncos matchup.

The 47.5 household rating wasn’t a record, but was the best rating in 30 years and 4th best overall for the Super Bowl.

The halftime show was the most-watched, highest rated halftime show ever averaging 118.5 million viewers (more than 3 million viewers more than Bruno Mars averaged last year) and a 48.2 household rating.

Note: Minor (less than 1%) adjustments to these numbers between now and Tuesday morning aren’t unheard of. It happened last year.

Here’s the full list of Super Bowl household ratings and viewership including last night’s game:

Super BowlDateNetworkHousehold ratingAvg. no. of homes (000s)Avg. no. of persons 2+ (000s)Teams (winners in capitals)
XLIX1-Feb-15NBC47.5?114,442NEW ENGLAND vs. Seattle
XLVIIIFeb. 2, 2014FOX46.754,079112,191SEATTLE vs. Denver
XLVIIFeb. 3, 2013CBS46.352,881108,414BALTIMORE vs. San Francisco
XLVIFeb. 5, 2012NBC47.153,910111,346NEW YORK GIANTS vs. New England
XLVFeb. 6 2011FOX4653,282111,041GREEN BAY vs. Pittsburgh.
XLIVFeb. 7 2010CBS4551,728106,476NEW ORLEANS vs. Indianapolis
XLIIIFeb. 1 2009NBC4248,13998,732Arizona vs. PITTSBURGH
XLIIFeb. 3 2008FOX43.148,66597,448NEW YORK GIANTS vs. New England
XLIFeb. 4 2007CBS42.647,50593,184Chicago vs. INDIANAOPOLIS
XLFeb. 5 2006ABC41.645,86790,745Seattle vs. PITTSBURGH
XXXIXFeb. 6 2005FOX41.145,08186,072Philadelphia vs. NEW ENGLAND
XXXVIIIFeb. 1 2004CBS41.444,90889,795Carolina vs. NEW ENGLAND
XXXVIIJan. 26 2003ABC40.743,43388,637TAMPA BAY vs. Oakland
XXXVIFeb. 3 2002FOX40.442,66486,801St. Louis vs. NEW ENGLAND
XXXVJan. 28 2001CBS40.441,27084,335NY Giants vs. BALTIMORE
XXXIVJan. 30 2000ABC43.343,61888,465ST. LOUIS vs. Tennessee
XXXIIIJan. 31 1999FOX40.239,99283,720Atlanta vs. DENVER
XXXIIJan. 25 1998NBC44.543,63090,000GREEN BAY vs. Denver
XXXIJan. 26 1997FOX43.342,00087,870GREEN BAY vs. New England
XXXJan. 28 1996NBC4644,14594,080DALLAS vs. Pittsburgh
XXIXJan. 29 1995ABC41.339,40083,420SAN FRANCISCO vs. San Diego
XXVIIIJan. 30 1994NBC45.542,86090,000DALLAS vs. Buffalo
XXVIIJan. 31 1993NBC45.141,99090,990DALLAS vs. Buffalo
XXVIJan. 26 1992CBS40.337,12079,590WASHINGTON vs. Buffalo
XXVJan. 27 1991ABC41.939,01079,510NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Buffalo
XXIVJan. 28 1990CBS3935,92073,852SAN FRANCISCO vs. Denver
XXIIIJan. 22 1989NBC43.539,32081,590SAN FRANCISCO vs. Cincinnati
XXIIJan. 31 1988ABC41.937,12080,140WASHINGTON vs. Denver
XXIJan. 25 1987CBS45.840,03087,190NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Denver
XXJan. 26 1986NBC48.341,49092,570CHICAGO vs. New England
XIXJan. 20 1985ABC46.439,39085,530SAN FRANCISCO vs. Miami
XVIIIJan. 22 1984CBS46.438,88077,620Washington vs. LA RAIDERS
XVIIJan. 30 1983NBC48.640,48081,770WASHINGTON vs. Miami
XVIJan. 24 1982CBS49.140,02085,240SAN FRANCISCO vs. Cincinnati
XVJan. 25 1981NBC44.434,54068,290Philadelphia vs. OAKLAND
XIVJan. 20 1980CBS46.335,33076,240LA Rams vs. PITTSBURGH
XIIIJan. 21 1979NBC47.135,09074,740Dallas vs. PITTSBURGH
XIIJan. 15 1978CBS47.234,41078,940DALLAS vs. Denver
XIJan. 09 1977NBC44.431,61062,050Minnesota vs. OAKLAND
XJan. 18 1976CBS42.329,44057,710Dallas vs. PITTSBURGH
IXJan. 12 1975NBC42.429,04056,050Minnesota vs. PITTSBURGH
VIIIJan. 13 1974CBS41.627,54051,700Minnesota vs. MIAMI
VIIJan. 14 1973NBC42.727,67053,320Washington vs. MIAMI
VIJan. 16 1972CBS44.227,45056,640DALLAS vs. Miami
VJan. 17 1971NBC39.923,98046,040Dallas vs. BALTIMORE
IVJan. 11 1970CBS39.423,05044,270Minnesota vs. KANSAS CITY
IIIJan. 12 1969NBC3620,52041,660Baltimore vs. NY JETS
IIJan. 14 1968CBS36.820,61039,120GREEN BAY vs. Oakland
IJan. 15 1967CBS22.612,41026,750GREEN BAY vs. Kansas City
IJan. 15 1967NBC18.510,16024,430GREEN BAY vs. Kansas City

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