Sunday night’s Super Bowl attracted the most TV viewers of any show in U.S. history, FOX announced Monday.
Even though the Seattle’s 43-8 romping of Denver wasn’t exactly exhilarating — for those of us outside of Washington, at least — the game averaged 111.5 million viewers. That beat the 111.3 million who watched the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots two years ago.
In addition, the game was the most-watched live stream of a single sports event in history with an average of 528,000 viewers accessing FOX’s free stream of the game. This was the third consecutive year for the Super Bowl to be streamed online.
FOX streamed the game for free at FoxSportsGo.com and via the Fox Sports Go iPad app. Typically, Fox allows access to the live content only to subscribers of certain cable services — AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Optimum, Comcast Xfinity, Midcontinent Communications, Suddenlink and WOW!. On Sunday, though, FOX offered what it called a “free preview” of the service to anyone.
That 528,000 statistic does not include people who watched the Super Bowl on NFL’s official smartphone app — however, only Verizon customers and those with a $5 NFL Mobile subscription could access that stream.