And the winner for most-watched Super Bowl commercial is…Doritos’ gym guys!
According to Nielsen, more than 116 million viewers watched the spot which featured two hapless guys attacked for stealing a bag of Doritos from another guy’s gym locker, making it the most viewed television commercial of all time.
That’s more people than watched the game itself, which at 106.2 million viewers now stands as the most-watched program in television history, knocking down a 27-year-old record for the final episode of M*A*S*H.
The spot aired at 9:30 p.m. when tune-in for the game was at its peak. The second most-viewed ad was Audi’s Green Police spot, which was viewed by 115.6 million people at 9:26 p.m.
Interestingly, Focus on the Family’s controversial Tim Tebow spot, which sucked up much ink leading up to the game, tied Snickers’ Betty White spot as the least watched. But with both ads garnering 95.5 million viewers, “least-watched” is relative.
The much-analyzed Late Show promo featuring David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey and a chip-munching Jay Leno was seen by an estimated 110.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
(The box below includes only paid advertisements.)
|Most Viewed Ads During Super Bowl XLIV|
|RANK||Commercial||Time of Air (ET)||# of Viewers|
|2||AUDI/Green Police||9:26:29 PM||115,647,840|
|3||ELECTRONIC ARTS/Dante’s Inferno||9:15:22 PM||115,063,760|
|5||TACO BELL/It Rocks||9:27:29 PM||114,771,720|
|6||BUD LIGHT/Book Party||9:32:13 PM||114,771,720|
|7||HYUNDAI/Built By Hand||9:32:43 PM||114,771,720|
|8||BUDWEISER/Horse Fence||9:15:52 PM||113,603,560|
|9||US CENSUS BUREAU/Production Mtg||8:49:23 PM||113,019,480|
|10||E*TRADE/5 Babies||9:33:13 PM||112,727,440|
|Source: The Nielsen Company|