Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A general view of the Vince Lombardi Trophy and helmets for the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl 2013: Record Audience of 164.1 Million Tunes in on Super Sunday

There is no doubt that the National Football League is the most popular sports league in the country and fans from all over tune in to watch the biggest game of them all — the Super Bowl. This year was no different and it is being reported that a record audience tuned in to CBS to watch the Super Bowl XLVII matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Per a release from the league:

The 2012 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVII on CBS reached a total audience of 164.1 million viewers (6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 PM, ET), making it the most-viewed show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.

The 49ers-Ravens championship game topped the previous record of 162.9 million total viewers for Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers) and marks the fifth consecutive Super Bowl to reach a total audience of more than 150 million viewers. Super Bowls account for the 22 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.

Here is how Super Bowl XLVII stacked up against the previous years:

Game  Total Viewers
Super Bowl XLVII (49ers-Ravens), 2/3/13 164.1 million
Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11 162.9 million
Super Bowl XLVI (Giants-Patriots), 2/5/12 159.2 million
Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints), 2/7/10 153.4 million
Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers), 2/1/09 151.6 million

          Source: NFL, The Nielsen Company

The numbers speak volumes about the drawing power of the league and shows that the NFL is going nowhere, despite what some people may be saying about the direction the league is heading.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII

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