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2012 Super Bowl TV Ratings: Super Bowl XLVI Breaks Viewership Record

After yet another exciting Super Bowl finish, the television ratings have begun to filter in, and the results appear to accurately reflect the game's dramatic finish. Apparently, a record number of viewers tuned in to see the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots on a key Eli Manning comeback drive late Sunday night:

The 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers held the previous record of 111 million viewers, broken in 2012 by approximately 300,000 viewers.

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The Nielsen ratings, released earlier on Monday, reported that the record of 47.9 ( from the 2011 Super Bowl) remains in tact. The 2012 Super Bowl drew a near-record 47.8 rating, but could not muster the extra 0.1 percent of households to tie the one-year-old record.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl appearance, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl victory, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, had over to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.