NEW YORK (AP) — Despite the scandals that have plagued the NFL, last night's Super Bowl may have set a record for viewership.

The Nielsen company says the preliminary overnight ratings were the highest-ever for the game -- up four percent from last year in the nation's largest media markets.

Fans were treated to a thriller -- with New England's win over Seattle not sealed until an interception on the goal line with seconds remaining.

Last year's contest between Seattle and Denver was seen by 111.5 million viewers, as the annual game set a record for the most-watched TV event in U.S. history for the fourth time in five years.

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