Thanks to an ever-increasing U.S. population, the Super Bowl was the most-watched program in American television history.
According to the Nielsen Company, an average of almost 106.5 million people were watching at any given point of CBS’ telecast of New Orleans’ upset victory over Indianapolis. That breaks the record of 106 million for the finale of the “M*A*S*H” comedy series in 1983.
But there are nearly 115 million homes with a TV today, 83.3 million then. In contrast, the “M*A*S*H” finale was seen in 60.2 percent of the homes with a TV then; Sunday’s football contest was seen in only 45 percent of such households.
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