Super Bowl XLV Ratings: Most-watched program in TV history, moves FOX into #1 for season
Early estimates proved correct, and Super Bowl XLV is officially the most-watched program in the history of U.S. television. Fast-national ratings report the broadcast averaged 111 million viewers over the course of the night.
This number is 4.5 million higher than reining champ Super Bowl XLIV, which nabbed the title last year after dethroning previous title-holder "M*A*S*H." The series finale of "M*A*S*H" held the record from 1983 to 2010, with 106.0 million.
Not only does this distinguish FOX as the first network to ever exceed 100 million for a night, it pushes the network above CBS to claim the top spot among networks this season.