Although early reports were to the contrary, the final numbers are in about Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast, and history was made. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Denver Broncos got spanked by the Seattle Seahawks, on what has statistically become the most watched TV show in television history. The game attracted an average 112.2 million viewers. That added up to be 4 million viewers more than last year’s game, and breaks the record set by the 2012 Super Bowl, which averaged 111.3 million viewers.
If you’re impressed by that you should see the numbers to Pepsi’s Halftime concert, which stared Bruno Mars and his guests Red Hot Chili Peppers. 115.3 million viewers saw Mars’ critically praised show, which in addition to beating the overall viewership of the actual game also beat last year’s star, Beyonce, and took the records from Madonna’s 2012 Halftime show, which eared 114.0 million viewers. It made for a nice lead in for Fox’s New Girl, which guest starred Prince.
However, despite being loved by most viewers, TMZ’s exclusive reveals that the Halftime Show wasn’t without its controversy as well. RHCP’s famed bassist Flea has gone on record saying that the NFL told the band ahead of time that the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded during the performance. This made him and the rest of the band momentarily hesitant, but they ultimately decided that it was an opportunity of a lifetime. Rest assured though music fans. The NFL produced the vocals live!