Super Bowl XLVIII Sets Ratings Record

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They came for the historic matchup, they stayed for... the commercials, we guess.

Despite Super Bowl XLVIII being essentially over at halftime, Fox Sports has released ratings for the big game and deemed it the most-watched broadcast in TV history.

The contest averaged 111.5 million viewers. This eclipses the mark set two years ago by a couple hundred thousand households.

Viewership peaked late in the first half and during the Bruno Mars-Red Hot Chili Peppers halftime show, which Fox says drew drew 115.3 million viewers, surpassing the 114 million who tuned in for Madonna's performance in 2012.

The performance was rather awesome, as were a few of the ads.

Relive your favorites now:

2014 Super Bowl Commercials
The men of Full House are back! They reunite here for a Dannon Yogurt Super Bowl commercial.
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Full House Super Bowl Commercial

1. Full House Super Bowl Commercial

The men of Full House are back! They reunite here for a Dannon Yogurt Super Bowl commercial.


Newcastle Super Bowl Commercial

2. Newcastle Super Bowl Commercial

This Newcastle Super Bowl commercial cracks us up. It features Anna Kendrick being totally awesome.


Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial: Puppy and Clydesdale

3. Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial: Puppy and Clydesdale

We dare you not to cry over this Budweiser Super Bowl. It features a puppy! And a Clydesdale!


Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial: Welcome Home

4. Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial: Welcome Home

This Budweiser Super Bowl commercial honors a returning war hero. It's sentimental stuff.


Kia Super Bowl Commercial

5. Kia Super Bowl Commercial

Morpheus is back! This iconic character is resurrected in Kia's 2014 Super Bowl commercial.


Cheerios Super Bowl Commercial 2014

6. Cheerios Super Bowl Commercial 2014

Cheerios is all about love. That's the message it aims to pass along in this Super Bowl commercial.


Jaguar Super Bowl Commercial: Villains Unite!

7. Jaguar Super Bowl Commercial: Villains Unite!

Why are so many super villains British? That question is at the center of this Jaguar Super Bowl commercial.


Toyota Super Bowl Commercial 2014

8. Toyota Super Bowl Commercial 2014

Terry Crews and The Muppets are featured in this Toyota Super Bowl commercial. How could it not be hilarious?!?


Bud Light Super Bowl Commercial: Ian Up for Whatever

9. Bud Light Super Bowl Commercial: Ian Up for Whatever

Ever wanted to ride in an elevator with Don Cheadle and a llama? One lucky man does so in this Bud Light Super Bowl commercial.


CarMax Super Bowl Commercial

10. CarMax Super Bowl Commercial

This CarMax Super Bowl commercial features a clapping statue. You need to watch it now, don't you?


Axe Super Bowl Commercial

11. Axe Super Bowl Commercial

What would a romantic drama look like if Oliver Stone directed it? Watch this Axe Super Bowl ad now.


Audi Super Bowl Ad

12. Audi Super Bowl Ad

Audi has conceived its very own creature to depict the scary consequences of bringing compromise into the world. Watch its Super Bowl ad now.


TMobile Super Bowl Commercial

13. TMobile Super Bowl Commercial

It's Tim Tebow time! Watch him star in this TMobile Super Bowl commercial.


Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad

14. Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad

This Coca-Cola commercial is stirring up some controversy. It features many different kinds of people singing "American the Beautiful."


Seinfeld Super Bowl Ad

15. Seinfeld Super Bowl Ad

Seinfeld is back! Sort of! For a minute or so anyway! Watch this 2014 Super Bowl commercial now.


Honda Super Bowl Ad

16. Honda Super Bowl Ad

Go hug everyone you know. That's the basic premise behind this Honda Super Bowl commercial.


Time Warner Cable Super Bowl Commercial

17. Time Warner Cable Super Bowl Commercial

Time Warner Cable featured the stars of True Blood in its 2014 Super Bowl commercial. See what we mean now.


Doritos Super Bowl Ad

18. Doritos Super Bowl Ad

Ready to see a Cowboy Kid in action? Watch this Doritos Super Bowl commercial now.


GoldieBlox Super Bowl Ad

19. GoldieBlox Super Bowl Ad

GoldieBlox is a start-up that won an Intuit contest. That's how it was able to afford this Super Bowl commercial.


Esurance Super Bowl Ad

20. Esurance Super Bowl Ad

This Esurance Super Bowl ad aired immediately after the big game. And it nearly broke Twitter.


Chobani Super Bowl ad

21. Chobani Super Bowl ad

Chobani featured a bear in its 2014 Super Bowl commercial. Bears are often funny.


Chevy Super Bowl Ad

22. Chevy Super Bowl Ad

Chevy may have won the Super Bowl with this commercial. Watch the love between a truck and its buck now.


Volkswagon Super Bowl Commercial

23. Volkswagon Super Bowl Commercial

German engineers get their wins in this Volkswagon Super Bowl Commercial. Watch now!


RadioShack Super Bowl Ad

24. RadioShack Super Bowl Ad

Was this the best Super Bowl commercial of 2014? It featured a number of icons from the 1980s.


Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial

25. Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial

Microsoft gets in on the Super Bowl commercial action with this spot. Take a look now.


Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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