The Giants weren't the only ones marking milestones at Sunday's
Super Bowl XLII. The game made history as the highest rated Super Bowl ever, averaging 97.5 million viewers, according to Fox. A total of 148.3 million people watched the game for all or part of it.
Viewership was up across multiple demos, with a ratings boost of seven percent among adults ages 18-49 over last year's game.
Not only did the event best its own record, which was set at the 1996 Dallas-Pittsburgh game with an audience of 94.08 million, but it also scored as the second most-watched television broadcast in the country's history, after M*A*S*H's 1983 finale, which tallied 106 million. The game's audience size came close to that, though, when it peaked from 9:30-10pm ET with 105.7 million viewers.
House followed up the game with its own record of 29 million viewers, which was its highest rating ever across all demographics. The ep was also the highest rated scripted series for Fox viewers ages 18-49 since an The X-Files telecast in 1997.
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