So was Super Bowl XLI a behemoth in the ratings, as always?
In a word, yes. The game, became the most-watched program in U.S. TV history, drawing an average of 111.3 million, slightly eclipsing last year’s then-record 111 million.
The Super Bowl peaked with 117 million viewers in its final half-hour, while its first half hour (99 million) was its lowest.
Not only that, but Madonna’s now-controversial-thanks-to-M.I.A. halftime show averaged 114 million, which also marks the game’s most-watched halftime show. Last year’s Black-Eyed Peas show averaged 110.3 million.