Her Madgesty reigns: Madonna’s performance most watched Super Bowl halftime

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Around 114 million viewers tuned in to watch Madonna's performace; Super Bowl XLVI most watched game in American TV history, with 166.8 million people watching

MANILA, Philippines – With more than 114 million viewers, the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show last Sunday, February 5 (Monday in Manila), featuring pop superstar Madonna was the most watched halftime show in history.

The Super Bowl show itself was the most watched television show in American history, with Nielsen recordinging at least 166.8 million people watching at least a part of the show.

The entire game, which eventually saw the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots, averaged 111.3 million viewers, also a record, topping the previous record of Super Bowl XLV.

It was also the most tweeted Super Bowl event ever: the microblogging site said the highest tweets per second during the game was at 12,233, while the second highest was during Madonna’s performance, at 10,245, with an average of 8,000 per second in 5 minutes.

Madonna’s nearly 12-minute performance, which featured LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and Ceelo Green, got glowing reviews from both mainstream media and social media.

The 53-year-old star “did not disappoint” when she took to the stage, says The Huffington Post, and Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch blog says she “earned the love” from hard-to-please crowd.

The Material Girl performed some of her top hits, like “Vogue,” “Music,” and “Like A Prayer,” and sang her newest single “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”

The performance also contained a controversial bit, when MIA apparently gave the middle finger salute. Madonna reportedly isn’t happy about it. The National Football League has apologized over the incident.

Celebrities, such as Eva Longoria, Steve Martin, and Denise Richards even tweeted positively about the performance. – Rappler.com

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