162.9 million total viewers
Super Bowls rank as TV's top 20 shows
The record-setting 2010 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLV on FOX reached a total audience of 162.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.
The Packers-Steelers championship game topped by 9.5 million the previous record of 153.4 million total viewers set last year (Colts-Saints in Super Bowl XLIV) and marks the fourth consecutive record-setting total audience for the Super Bowl. Super Bowls account for the 20 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.
Most-watched TV programs, total viewers
|Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11||162.9 million|
|Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints), 2/7/10||153.4 million|
|Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers), 2/1/09||151.6 million|
|Super Bowl XLII (Giants-Patriots), 2/3/08||148.3 million|
|Super Bowl XXXVIII (Patriots-Panthers), 2/1/04||144.4 million|
Source: NFL, The Nielsen Company
In addition, a record average of 111 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLV -- topping the previous mark of 106.5 million for Super Bowl XLIV.