The 2012 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVII on CBS reached a total audience of 164.1 million viewers (6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 PM, ET), making it the most-viewed show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.
The 49ers-Ravens championship game topped the previous record of 162.9 million total viewers for Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers) and marks the fifth consecutive Super Bowl to reach a total audience of more than 150 million viewers. Super Bowls account for the 22 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.
Most-Watched TV Programs, Total Viewers:
Super Bowl XLVII (49ers-Ravens), 2/3/13 -- 164.1 million
Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11 --162.9 million
Super Bowl XLVI (Giants-Patriots), 2/5/12 -- 159.2 million
Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints), 2/7/10 -- 153.4 million
Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers), 2/1/09 --151.6 million
Source: NFL, The Nielsen Company