The Denver Broncos may have won Super Bowl 50, but they couldn't top their previous Super Bowl ratings.
An average of nearly 112 million people viewed Sunday night's Super Bowl broadcast, according to Nielsen Live + Same Day ratings, CBS Sports announced Monday. Viewership peaked during the 8:30 - 9 p.m. half hour, when 115.5 million viewers watched Beyoncé steal the halftime show. These numbers make Super Bowl 50 the third-most-watched program in TV history, behind the two previous Super Bowls.
The lower television numbers correspond to record streaming numbers this year: 3.96 million viewers watched the game online, a new high for CBS and NFL digital properties.
The most-watched broadcast of all time remains last year's Super Bowl XLIX, which averaged 114.4 million viewers and peaked when 120.8 million viewers tuned into NBC to watch the New England Patriots' fourth-quarter comeback over the Seattle Seahawks. Second-most is Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, which averaged 112.2 million viewers. That was the year the Broncos were blown out by the Seahawks and Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed during the halftime show.
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