Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, attending Denver Broncos' Military Appreciation Day on November 12, 2015. Colorado National Guard members join the ranks of Colorado military members from all services during the Denver Broncos' Military Appreciation Day, Nov. 12, 2015, at the Bronco's Dove Valley training facility. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet /RELEASED)
Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, attending Denver Broncos’ Military Appreciation Day on November 12, 2015. Colorado National Guard members join the ranks of Colorado military members from all services during the Denver Broncos’ Military Appreciation Day, Nov. 12, 2015, at the Bronco’s Dove Valley training facility.
(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet /RELEASED)

CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl 50 was either the most- watched or third-most-watched program in U.S. television history — depending on which figures you look at.

The Denver Broncos 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday averaged 111.9 million viewers, according to fast national data released Monday by Nielsen.

NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX last year averaged a record 114.4 million viewers. An average of 112.19 million watched Fox’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013, the second most-watched program in U.S. television history.

Viewership for Sunday’s game peaked at 115.5 million between 5:30-6 p.m. Pacific Time. The peak viewership for Super Bowl XLIX was 120.8 million viewers during the New England Patriots’ game-winning drive.

A record 167 million people watched at least six minutes of Super Bowl 50. The previous record was 164.1 million for Super Bowl XLVII  between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in 2013 on CBS.

The average viewership is the figure traditionally used to determine how many people watched a particular show.

Both the average viewership and total viewership figures include people watching the game at parties at other people’s homes, but not at restaurants and bars. Nielsen has long limited its figures to households and excluded businesses because of the difficulty of accurate measuring viewership.

Final ratings figures are scheduled to be released Tuesday, but should be identical to the figures released Monday, according to a CBS official.

An average of 21.12 million viewers watched the episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that immediately followed CBS’ postgame coverage.

An average of 4.97 million viewers watched the episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” that followed “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

— Wire reports 

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