GFA Now Sixth Most-Watched TV Program of All Time

The final Nielsen numbers for Super Bowl XLVIII are in and the game, despite being a blowout, is now the most-watched television program in U.S. history. It was watched by 112,191,000 viewers, topping the previous record of 111,346,000 viewers who watched Super Bowl XLVI back 2012. There are now five Super Bowl games ahead of “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” on the list of most-watched programs:

Most-Viewed Television Broadcasts in U.S. History

## Program Year Average Viewers
1. Super Bowl XLVIII 2014 112,191,000
2. Super Bowl XLVI 2012 111,346,000
3. Super Bowl XLV 2011 111,010,000
4. Super Bowl XLVII 2013 108,693,000
5. Super Bowl XLIV 2010 106,476,000
6. “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” 1983 105,970,000

That said, “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” is still the highest-RATED television program of all time. It averaged a 60.2 Nielsen rating back in 1983. By comparison, Super Bowl XLVIII averaged a 46.7 rating, meaning less than half of all television households in the country were tuned into the game. I’ve revised my Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Ratings Analysis accordingly.

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