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Super Bowl most-watched TV program ever

According to numbers released today, Sunday's Super Bowl was the most-watched program in U.S. television history, topping the M-A-S-H series finale in 1983.

Super Bowl most-watched TV program ever

A record number of viewers watched Drew Brees and the Saints win the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A record number of viewers watched Drew Brees and the Saints win the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

According to numbers released today, Sunday's Super Bowl was the most-watched program in U.S. television history, topping the M-A-S-H series finale in 1983.

Nielsen reported that 106.5M viewers watched the Super Bowl, beating the 105.97M who watched M-A-S-H.

Last year's Super Bowl set a record at the time with 98.7M viewers.

Because I did not watch that M-A-S-H finale, I looked up the ratings for another, more recently hyped TV event: The Seinfeld finale. As a point of reference, that was watched by 76.3M viewers.

By the way, this has nothing to do with anything, but I was snowed in Saturday and knocked out a few Seinfelds. Very underrated scene that had me laughing hysterically. Just classic.


If you're wondering if things will slow down here now that football season is over, think again.

Beginning (hopefully) Tuesday, we're going to start a Year in Review feature. I'll go player-by-player, detailing how each member of the Eagles' roster performed in 2009. And for most, we'll try to look ahead to next season.

In the mean-time, some key dates to circle on your calendar:

Feb. 24-March 2: The combine in Indy
March 5: The start of free agency and the potential uncapped year
April 22-24: The NFL draft

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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