Super Bowl scores records on TV, Twitter

Confetti floats in the air during post game celebrations as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game. (Reuters)

The Super Bowl has scored a new record as the most-watched TV broadcast in U.S. history.

The football championship drew 111.5 million viewers on Sunday night, setting a new viewership record, according to preliminary results from Nielsen.

“The game, in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 43 to 8, was viewed in over 53 million homes,” Nielsen said.

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Last year’s game attracted 108.4 million viewers, while the 2012 championship had set the previous record at 111.3 million.

Fox, which broadcast the game, said the event saw more viewers “than any television program in U.S. history”, CNN reported. An estimated 2.3 million people watched Fox’s online stream of the game, the broadcaster said.

Nielsen said 15.3 million people in the U.S. were tweeting about the Super Bowl game, half-time show and brands, with a total of 25.3 million Twitter messages going out. That made it the most-tweeted Super Bowl tournament yet, according to media reports.

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While the Super Bowl may boast the record as the most-watched single game on television, the 2012 London Olympics claimed a larger total audience. More than 219.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the event, the most in the history of the Olympics.

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