Super Bowl becomes most watched TV show

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 -- The Super Bowl surpassed the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched TV show in history, according to the Nielsen Co. on Monday.

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Indianapolis Colts kicker Matt Stover (rear, R) sends the ball through the uprights for a field goal in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL's Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami, Florida, Feb. 7, 2010.

The Nielsen Co. estimated that 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints upset the Indianapolis Colts. That beats the "M-A-S-H" finale, which had 105.97 million viewers in an era when there were fewer television sets.

The game also beat the previous record viewership for a Super Bowl, last year's game between Arizona and Pittsburgh in which 98.7 million people watched.