Almost 163 million people watched Super Bowl XLV on television, and that’s just the people who had tickets to the game but no seats and were forced to find a big screen somewhere.
OK, not really, but 162.9 million people tuned in, which officially makes Super Bowl XLV the most-watched television event in the history of history.
The game also set a record for the most number of Tweets sent during a sporting event. According to lostremote.com, Twitterers sent forth 4,064 Tweets per second (TPS) precisely at 9:07:16 local time as the game drew to a close. Really? TPS? That’s a unit of measure now?
Still, it handily beat the previous record of 3,283 TPS Twittered during last summer’s World Cup match between Japan and Denmark.
The game’s orbiting hoopla — the halftime show and the commercials — also pumped up the Tweets. Usher (@UsherRaymondIV) collected the greatest amount of Tweety attention followed by halftime headliners the Black Eyed Peas (@bep) — and what was wrong with the sound system? — Slash, Eminem, and Christina Aguilera, bless her heart.
The Doritos “Pug Attack” commercial — that breed is obviously aggressive and should be outlawed — generated the most Twitter comments among all Bowl commercials.
Didn’t we used to just comment to people in the same room?