The Seattle Seahawks had the game in hand even before Bruno Mars stepped onto the stage for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, but viewers came in droves until the end to watch the ‘Hawks crush the Denver Broncos 43-8.
Ratings for this year’s Super Bowl broke records in almost every category, according to Deadline. It was the most watched TV program in history, most watched Super Bowl game, and most watched halftime show.
Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers set their own record for biggest halftime show ratings. (Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com)
The final ratings reports slapped down earlier numbers that had the broadcast at only 96.88 million viewers compared to the actual tally of 111.5 million.
With all those eyeballs, think of all the tears shed over that Budweiser commercial with the cute little puppy and Clydesdale horse.
The 115.3 million viewers watching Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ halftime show managed to dethrone the Queen of Pop and Queen Bey.
Their performance blew away Beyonce’s show that shut down power in the Superdome from last year (110.8 million). They also shattered Madonna’s previous record-holding show from 2012 that had 114 million viewers watching.
The game saw its biggest ratings leap between 7:30 and 8 p.m. when the Seahawks took a commanding lead, 22-0, before entering the half.
The impressive numbers helped Fox sitcoms New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine attract the eyes of some new viewers after the game. New Girl, with special guest Prince (who performed at the 2007 Super Bowl) pulled in 25.8 million viewers and Brooklyn pulled in a healthy 14.8 million.