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Super Bowl 49 sets new record for television viewership

NEW YORK (NEWS1130) – Super Bowl 49 was the most-watched event in US television history.

An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England‘s thrilling 28-24 win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years the Super Bowl game set a record.

The Nielsen company said the game’s viewership exceeded the record of 112.2 million set last year, when Seattle beat Denver.

The game also set records for social media reach. A stirring comeback by New England and game-saving interception in the final minute kept viewers glued to the set.

The city of Boston had scheduled a parade for the Patriots for Tuesday, but it’s been postponed until Wednesday because of heavy snowfall.

Fans from Boston to western Massachusetts celebrated the team’s latest Super Bowl title Sunday night into early Monday, but without the mayhem that often follows sports championships.

Boston police said there were no arrests, adding: “Way to make your team & city proud.”