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Super Bowl XLV becomes most-watched TV show of all time

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

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.

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