Beyoncé is super proud of her Super Bowl halftime show performance, and she has every reason to be!
“I’m feeling so proud, it was a really beautiful day,” she told “Extra” after the performance. “All the hard work, five months of preparation, and it was really great.” She was also thrilled about sharing the stage again with Michelle and Kelly, adding, “It really was a magnificent night for me and the girls.”
While early reports led us to believe otherwise, it’s been confirmed that Madonna still holds the record for the most viewed Super Bowl halftime show.
Queen B failed to break Madonna‘s halftime show viewership record from last year’s extravaganza. Beyonce pulled a 71 rating for the 8:00-8:30 p.m. ET slot last night (February 3), according to Deadline, and the halftime show was seen by 100 million US viewers.
This falls just shy of Madge’s 72 rating from last year, but in terms of total viewers it can’t touch the Material Girl’s record. According to SB Nation, Madonna’s Super Bowl XLVI performance was seen by a record 114 million US viewers.
However, it’s worth noting that last year’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots was the most-watched program in American television history (with an average of 111 million viewers, peaking at 117 million), so that contributed to Madonna’s high numbers. On the other hand, last night’s game ranked third in total viewers in US television history, with an average of 108 million viewers.
Nielsen estimated 108.41 million viewers tuned in for the Super Bowl, making it the third-most-watched program in television history behind Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLV. Nielsen, heeding CBS’s request, is not counting the 34-minute power outage delay in its ratings.