Last Night's Super Bowl Was the Most Watched Broadcast in American History

The Super Bowl getting high ratings isn't news as much as it is practically a law of physics, but when it breaks a 27-year-old record that's certainly something.

Last night's broadcast from Miami Gardens drew an astounding 106.5 million viewers, making it the most watched television program in the history of the United States. It breaks the record set by M*A*S*H's season finale in 1983. That was watched by 105.97 million Americans.

It's also the first sports program in history to break the 100 million mark.

Chalk it up to the feel good story of the New Orleans Saints and the Colts' Peyton Manning's appeal. Chalk it up to the inclement weather up north that kept a whole lot of viewers inside. Maybe even chalk it up a little to the appeal of South Florida? Well, whatever the case, it certainly proves that you don't need a fancy new stadium or $200 million-plus roof to host a good game.

[The Hollywood Reporter: Super Bowl dethrones 'M*A*S*H,' sets all-time record!]

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Kyle Munzenrieder