Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVIII sets ratings record

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Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVIII sets ratings record

A record 111.5 million people watched the Fox network telecast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, keeping the NFL championship game ensconced as TV’s perennial U.S. ratings champ despite the most lopsided game in 21 years. The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos 43-8, giving Seattle its first National Football League championship.

The TV viewership was the largest for a single TV program in the United States, Fox said in a statement. It surpassed the 111.3 million who watched the game on NBC in 2012 between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, the network said. Fox, a unit of 21st Century Fox, said viewership was 5 percent lower in the game’s closing minutes than it had been throughout the game, when the Seahawks’ victory was in hand.

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