*The National Football League finished off its biggest television year ever with the most-watched television program of all time, as Super Bowl XLV averaged 111 million viewers on the Fox network.

And it wasn’t a squeaker. The game surpassed last year’s Super Bowl by 4.5 million viewers. That game, on CBS, reached the pinnacle of American television viewing by hitting 106.5 million total viewers, just half a million more than what had been television’s perennial audience champ, the finale of the series “M*A*S*H,” in 1983, which attracted 106 million viewers.

The figure for total number of viewers watching at least some part of the game also set a new record with 162.9 million, also well up from the previous record of 153.4 million last year. That puts the number watching the game well past one half of the total population of the United States – 308 million in the 2010 census.

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