A general view of the Patriots as they celebrate their victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports)

Super Bowl XLIX featured not only a glamorous matchup, with Tom Brady and the dynastic Patriots squaring off against Russell Wilson and the reigning champion Seahawks, but the run-up to the game was dominated by the DeflateGate controversy. Little wonder, then, that the broadcast did boffo numbers.

In fact, more Americans watched this year’s Super Bowl than had watched any other telecast in U.S. history. The NFL’s championship game dominates this list, and now it has a new entry right at the top.

Here are the numbers, courtesy of NBC Sports:

1. 114.4 Million – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Feb. 2015)
2. 112.2 Million – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)
3. 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)
4. 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, FOX (Feb. 2011)
5. 108.7 Million – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)
6. 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS (Feb. 2010)
7. 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. finale, CBS (Feb. 1983)
8. 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC (Feb. 2009)

The game’s 47.5 rating places it fourth all-time among Super Bowls, but it is the best mark since 1986, when the Bears did the Super Bowl Shuffle all over the Patriots. Here is that top 10:

1. 49.1 rating/73 share– Super Bowl XVI, CBS (Jan. 1982)
2. 48.6/69 – Super Bowl XVII, NBC (Jan. 1983)
3. 48.3/70 – Super Bowl XX, NBC (Jan. 1986)
4. 47.5/71 – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Feb. 2015)
5. 47.2/67 – Super Bowl XII, CBS (Jan. 1978)
6. 47.1/74 – Super Bowl XIII, NBC (Jan. 1979)
7. 47.0/71 – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)
8. 46.7/69 – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)
T9. 46.4/71 – Super Bowl XVIII, CBS (Jan. 1984)
T9. 46.4/63 – Super Bowl XIX, ABC (Jan. 1985)
T9. 46.4/69 – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)

According to Sports Media Watch, the game had the best rating of any program since the 1994 Winter Olympics (which featured the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding saga). Not surprisingly, among metered markets, the Seahawks-Patriots contest got its best rating in Boston (61.0), setting a record for a Super Bowl in that market.

The Seattle market was only tied for 17th overall with a 52.1 rating, but the game did a massive 89 share, meaning that 89% of all televisions watching anything in the Seattle market were tuned to the Super Bowl. By comparison, the game had a 85 share in Boston.