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Super Bowl XLIX is most-watched show in U.S. history


A record number of people watched the New England Patriots' dramatic 10-point come-from-behind thriller against the Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl XLIX:
New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24

114.4 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIX, NBC announced. That number easily trumped the 112.2 million-record from last year's Seahawks-Broncos matchup.

Viewership on Sunday peaked at 120.8 million between 9:45 and 10 p.m. ET as the Patriots made their fourth-quarter comeback.

The 47.5 household rating is the best in 30 seasons, since Super Bowl XX in January 1986.

Boston was the No. 1 metered market in the U.S., while Seattle was tied for 17th -- probably because everyone from Seattle was in Phoenix.

The Katy Perry halftime show averaged 118.5 million viewers and a 48.2 average household rating, both of which are also records. Perry earned 3 million more viewers than last year's halftime show.

TV isn't the only place where the Super Bowl starred. Social media also fluttered with every touchdown and Perry wardrobe change.

According to Twitter, there were 395,000 tweets per minute when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson's pass with 20 seconds remaining. There were also 379,000 tweets per minute when the game ended with a Pats victory.

Perry's halftime performance generated 238,400 tweets per minute.

This animated heat map below from Twitter will give you a visual of the hottest moments on social media. It's both awesome to see the pervasiveness of the game (I see you, Rio) and also highly addicting.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast recaps Super Bowl XLIX, including Malcolm Butler's game-sealing interception, Tom Brady's legacy and more. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.


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