Super Bowl XLVIII set record numbers

Super Bowl XLVIII set record numbers

The Seattle Seahawks 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday night may have been one of the most lop-sided Super Bowl games in history, however, the game still set an all-time record for average viewers.

According to Fox, Super Bowl XLVII drew 111.5 million viewers, which is the largest audience on average for any televised program in U.S. history. The previous record was set by Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots two years ago, which drew 111.3 million viewers.

That makes Sunday night's game the fifth highest rated Super Bowl ever.

Social media was on fire as expected Sunday night as well, Twitter activity peaked at 500,000 tweets just after the game ended around 10 p.m. ET. The most active moments on Twitter during the game according to Fox were when Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown (429,000 tweets), the end of the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers clocking in at (424,000 tweets) and when Malcolm Smith intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and took it 69 yards for the score.

The game drew a 44.5 rating at kickoff, which is also a record, with the rating going as high 47.9 between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET.

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