I guess people stuck around for the whole thing last night because the early reports are that Super Bowl XLII has surpassed the 1996 Super Bowl with 94.1 million viewers.

Very preliminary findings from 49 of the nation’s biggest markets showed that ratings for the New York Giants’ thrilling Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots were up 9 percent over last year’s big game, according to Nielsen Media Research on Monday.

Experts say those numbers indicate the game has a strong shot at being the most-watched Super Bowl of all time, and the second most-watched broadcast ever.

The game had a 43.3 rating and 63 share, Nielsen said. That’s up from the 42.7 rating and 62 share in metered markets last year. Nielsen did not immediately have an estimate of how many people watched the game.

The most watched program of all time is the MASH finale with 106 million people, and while Super Bowl XLII might not beat that mark it might come pretty close. It’s amazing what a close game does for ratings.

Super Bowl May Be Most-Watched Ever (Brietbart)

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