Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched television program in U.S. history with over 114 million viewers, NBC announced Monday.
A total of 114.4 million people watched the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, some 2.2 million people more than watched last year's game, according to data from Nielsen.
That makes it the highest-rated Super Bowl in 30 seasons. (Its 47.5/71 rating puts it behind only the Super Bowls from 1982, 1983 and 1986.)
But even more people tuned in for Katy Perry's halftime show, which drew 118.5 million viewers — 3 million more than last year's Bruno Mars halftime show, and the most-watched halftime show ever (at least since the current version of the show, featuring popular performers, began in 1991).
Mark Lazarus, the chairman of the NBC Sports Group, called the Super Bowl "the most dominant and consistent property on television.”
That historic audience also paid off for NBC's The Blacklist, whose post-Bowl telecast drew a series record of 26.5 million people. That makes it the network's most-watched scripted program in a decade behind ER, which averaged 28.3 million people on the night of the Friends series finale.