Ratings: Super Bowl XLVIII Is Most-Watched Telecast of All Time, New Girl Flirts With 26.3 Mil
Despite representing the third-worst blowout in Super Bowl history, the Seahawks’ 43-8 win over the Broncos didn’t exactly crater in the ratings. In fact, it set a new record.
Based on final nationals, Super Bowl XLVIII drew an astounding 112.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched U.S. telecast of all time (beating 2011′s big game).
Leading out of the big game, New Girl drew 26.3 million total viewers, per finals — up from last year’s late-starting Elementary (20.8 mil) and improving on the last comedy to score the apres-Super Bowl spot (The Office circa 2009, 23 mil) — and an 11.4 demo rating, which marks broadcast TV’s highest-rated comedy telecast since the May 2004 Friends series finale and the highest-rated scripted broadcast program since House’s post-Super Bowl outing in 2008.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine capped Fox’s night with 15.1 mil and a 6.9 rating.