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Sunday Night's Super Bowl Was The Most-Watched Event In U.S. History

The blowout bout between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos drew a record 111.5 million people.

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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett grabs the jersey of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the fourth quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014.

Despite being a lopsided snoozer of a game, Super Bowl XLVIII ended up setting a ratings record. The Neilsen Company today announced that 111.5 million people watched the Denver Broncos get trounced by the Seattle Seahawks.

The record-setting figure bests last year's 108.6 million viewers, making Sunday night's game the most-watched event in U.S. history.

It's the fourth time in five years that the Super Bowl has set a ratings record. On top of the 111.5 million viewers for the telecast, Fox estimates that 2.3 million people watched a live stream of the game online.

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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