FOX’s Super Bowl XLVIII Sets All Time Ratings Record

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Say what you want about the quality of game, but those associated with the Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast will not be shedding any tears.

According to revised, time-adjusted data, the lopsided game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos drew the largest audience in Super Bowl (and American television) history.

It drew 112.2 million.

Up from last year’s 108.4 million average, the game’s viewership mark narrowly tops the record set by the 2012 broadcast. That game, a competitive one between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, drew 111.3 million.

In one of the biggest Super Bowl blowouts to date, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8. That the game set a ratings record despite its lack of intrigue speaks to the drawing power of Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who this year solidified himself as the biggest attraction in sports, and the New York/New Jersey location.