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2012 Super Bowl TV Ratings: Patriots, Giants Help Set Viewship Records

The overall TV ratings for the 2012 Super Bowl may not have beaten last year's or halftime-show performer Madonna, but the big game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots did set a new viewership record with 111.3 million average viewers.

Reported earlier, the Super Bowl received a overnight rating of 47.8 rating, which was down a tenth of last year's (47.9).

The Giants ended up edging the Patriots, 21-17, to claim their second Super Bowl title in five years and fourth overall. The Patriots failed to avenge a loss to the Giants in the '08 Super Bowl, which featured New England losing 17-14.

For more on the Giants and their improbable run to become Super Bowl champions, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. 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 news, recaps, videos, GIFs, and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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