Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl Was Most-Watched TV Show In U.S. History

The New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks featured one of the most dramatic Super Bowl endings in NFL history.

And a record number of Americans tuned in to see it.

An estimated 114.4 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, according to the Neilsen company, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history. [tweet https://twitter.com/NBCSportsPR/status/562249531598065665 align=’center’]

The Super Bowl has dominated ratings in years past. This year’s big game broke the viewership record set by last year’s Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Denver Broncos (112.2 million viewers), and it’s the fifth time in six years that the Super Bowl has set the record for the nation’s most-watched show.

As you’d expect, the game also enjoyed unprecedented engagement on social media, as 28.4 million tweets were sent over the course of the roughly three-and-a-half hour contest, according to Twitter.

A large portion of those tweets, of course, came during the game’s absurd ending, which featured an improbable interception by Malcolm Butler after a controversial play call.

Check out a cool time-lapse video of Twitter’s engagement during the game below, courtesy of CartoDB.com.

Thumbnail photo via Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Images

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