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Published: Monday, 2/2/2009

Super Bowl XLIII second best in TV ratings


NEW YORK An estimated 95.4 million people watched the Pittsburgh-Arizona Super Bowl, making it second only to last year s game as the most popular.

The game featured a a thrilling finish, and viewership for NBC peaked late in the fourth quarter, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The 2008 game between the Giants and the Patriots had a similar come-from-behind, last-minute score for the victory. Two big markets and the novelty of a team trying to go 19-0 kicked the 2008 game to an audience of 97.4 million.

The only program other than a Super Bowl to top Sunday night s game in U.S. television history was the finale of the M-A-S-H series in 1983.

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