NFL notes: Another viewer record for Super Bowl

111.5m tuned in to Sunday’s game

The Super Bowl drew 111.5 million viewers even though the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Broncos Sunday night wasn’t really competitive.

Tim Farrell/Reuters

The Super Bowl drew 111.5 million viewers even though the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Broncos Sunday night wasn’t really competitive.

For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl set a record for the most-watched television event in US history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Broncos Sunday night wasn’t really competitive.

The game also set standards for the most-streamed sports event online and, with 24.9 million tweets, the biggest US live TV event on Twitter.


Prior to Sunday, the most-watched Super Bowl (111.3 million viewers) was between the Giants and Patriots in the 2011 season, according to the Nielsen company. Until last year’s game dipped to 108.7 million, the Super Bowl had set ratings records for the previous three years in a row.

‘‘We were a little surprised, absolutely,’’ said Bill Wanger, executive vice president for programming and research at Fox Sports.

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For the New York market, the Super Bowl rating was higher than it was two years ago when the hometown Giants won in dramatic fashion.

Commuter railing

The head of New Jersey’s transit agency on Monday defended the response to delays for thousands of fans leaving the Super Bowl by train, as officials sought to understand how ridership estimates could have been so far off base. About 33,000 people took the 7-mile ride between MetLife Stadium and the Secaucus rail transfer station, more than double the highest estimates made by organizers and transportation experts before the game. The overcrowding on the platform grew so severe immediately following the game that the stadium scoreboard flashed a sign asking fans to remain inside. ‘‘I think we did an excellent job moving a lot of people to a major event,’’ New Jersey Transit executive director James Weinstein said. ‘‘When 82,500 people leave a place at the same time there’s going be congestion.” Earlier in the day, trains were delayed temporarily at Secaucus as thousands of fans went through airport-style security screening. ‘‘What happened is, perhaps fewer people took the bus than was anticipated, and more people took New Jersey Transit,’’ NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman said. ‘‘So quickly, you get an extra 10,000 people.’’ . . . Fans bet a record $119.4 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl. Unaudited tallies showed sportsbooks made an unprecedented profit of $19.7 million on the action, the Gaming Control Board said. The casinos’ previous record was set in 2005, when sportsbooks won $15.4 million . . . Seattle’s victory Sunday has cost Houston furniture store mogul Jim McIngvale some $7 million. McIngvale is the owner of one of the nation’s largest independent furniture stores, Gallery Furniture. He promised customers who spent at least $6,000 in the past two weeks and took delivery before Sunday’s game that he’d refund their purchase cost if Seattle won. McIngvale said the promotion was not covered by insurance.

Browns get their OC

The Browns announced the hiring of Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator. According to multiple reports, Shanahan agreed to a three-year contract. He was fired as Redskins offensive coordinator last month . . . After playing in his first Super Bowl in his 15th NFL season, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey told the Denver Post he doesn’t plan on retiring. Bailey, 35, was limited to five games in the regular season because of injuries. He said he’d consider moving to safety. “If it makes sense,” he said.

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