Sorry, It’s Still M*A*S*H

I’m getting a little sick of the repeated announcement (thank you, corporate sports whores at the NFL) that this past Sunday’s game was the most popular TV event in US history. And of course, this is quickly followed by the “fact” that last year’s game is in the number two spot with the finale of M*A*S*H having dropped to third.  Here are the numbers that have been swirling around lately:

1. Super Bowl XLV — 111 million viewers (2011)

2. Super Bowl XLIV — 106.5 million viewers (2010)

3. M*A*S*H* series finale — 106 million viewers (1983)

I guess it helps if you conveniently ignore the fact that while there are an estimated 307 million people in the USA right now, that value stood at a mere 233 million in 1983. So if you look at it in terms of the percentage of people who chose to watch, M*A*S*H beats the pants off of both of them. And no, I am not some manner of disgruntled M*A*S*H fanatic. I thought the original movie was better than the TV show.

 

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  1. #1 by Norm Olsen on February 11, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Sure, but you also have look at it in terms of the percentage of television sets in operation, irrespective of the total population as a whole. Thus by my calculation, a broad-casted three and a half-inch image of Philo Farnsworth’s wife Elma was the most popular TV “show” of all time. It garnered 100% of the viewing audience!

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