American Football - Record television audience for Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks' dominant performance in Super Bowl XLVIII, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8, was watched by an average audience of 111.5 million people, more than any television program in US history.

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Seattle Seahawks - Denver Broncos / Superbowl XLVIII

The game surpassed the previous mark of 111.3 million set by a much more closely contested Super Bowl XLVI (New York Giants-New England Patriots) on NBC.

The game is also now the most-watched program ever on FOX, breaking the 111.0 million viewer mark the network set for Super Bowl XLV (Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers). Three of the last four Super Bowls set average viewership records.

The final ratings are contrary to early returns which reportedly saw the game ranking fifth all-time.

Super Bowl XLVIII posted a 46.4/69, matching the household rating and share for Super Bowl XLVII (Baltimore-San Francisco) a year ago, according to fast national figures issued Monday by Nielsen, and both, along with Super Bowl XVIII and XIX tie, as the seventh highest-rated Super Bowls ever.

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said owner Paul Allen played "big licks" with his own band on stage late into the night at the team party following Sunday's Super Bowl victory.

"Sleep wasn't in order last night," Carroll said. "There wasn't much of it. We can sleep some other time."

Delays of up to 90 minutes were seen on public transit from New York to East Rutherford. Some trains from New York to Secaucus, where free shuttles were available to the game, experienced delays of more than an hour.

"We had a couple things we obviously will review and improve on," commissioner Roger Goodell said morning, congratulating the region on a successful week.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson still plans to attend Texas Rangers' spring training.

Russell's baseball agent, Mark Rodgers, told Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that Russell will appear at the club's camp in Surprise, Ariz., but did not say when or what he will do there.

Spring training opens later this month.

Russell was acquired by the Texas Rangers in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft in December. The club spent $12,000 to attain his rights from the Colorado Rockies.

- - The Seahawks are favoured to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

The Seahawks were listed Monday as 9-2 favorites to win next year's Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

The San Francisco 49ers were next at 15-2, followed by the Broncos (8-1), New England Patriots (14-1) and Green Bay Packers (16-1). The Jacksonville Jaguars were last at 100-1.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel has until Friday to decide whether or not to void his 2014 contract and become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN.com reported.

If Cassel does not void his contract, the Vikings will have until the seventh day of the new league year in March to either pay Cassel a $500,000 roster bonus or let him go, according to the report.

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The Oakland Raiders hired Joe Woods as defensive secondary coach and Marcus Robertson as assistant secondary coach, the club confirmed to the Bay Area News Group.

Woods is a 10-year coaching veteran, the last eight as secondary coach with the Minnesota Vikings. Robertson was a secondary coach for the Detroit Lions in 2012-13 and before that worked five seasons for the Tennessee Titans.

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The Detroit Lions have claimed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints waived Abdul-Quddus on January 7. In 11 games in 2013, the 24-year-old Abdul-Quddus had 13 tackles, mostly on special teams.

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