According to an NBC press release, last night’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII is now the third most-watched telecast of all time in the United States of America with 95.4 million viewers. It trails only series finale of M*A*S*H (106 million) and last year’s Super Bowl XLII (97.5 million).
In terms of total audience, or viewers who watched all or part of the broadcast, Super Bowl XLIII’s 147 million viewers places it behind only the 148.3 million Super Bowl XLII drew last year. The total audience for the final episode of M*A*S*H was 121.6 million viewers. The potential television audience has grown by millions of viewers since 1983, however. Learn more about the Nielsen ratings for the final episode of M*A*S*H here.