In Which Home Did You Watch the Record-Setting Super Bowl?

February 07, 2011

We saw yesterday’s big game in our Chicago home with some friends, and we weren’t the only ones:

Super Bowl XLV is now the most watched television program of all time among households.

More than 111 million viewers tuned in Sunday to see the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25, according to Nielson ratings.

Ten-year-old Glen Ellyn resident Ava Childs represented Chicago at the Super Bowl in Dallas.

That is way more than last year’s 106.5 million Super Bowl viewers, and that audience was large enough to break the record for the most-watched show in television history held by the last episode of “M*A*S*H” since 1983.

Be happy you stayed in to watch it: Apparently, about 400 fans who had purchased tickets to the big game ended up without seats after the sections they were supposed to sit in were declared unsafe.

One Chicago-area resident at the game was also on the field. It was Ava Childs, of Glen Ellyn, who won the NFL’s Play 60 Super Bowl Contest.

The contest challenges kids to be active in and out of school for at least 60 minutes a day. About 17,000 children entered this year’s contest for the chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Childs, a fifth grader at Briar Glen Elementary School in Wheaton, wrote an essay for the contest about how Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould inspires her to stay in shape and how she aspires to be the NFL’s first female kicker.

After she won the contest last month, Gould came to her school to congratulate her and took her class outside to practice kicking techniques with the students.

Then Childs traveled to Dallas this weekend and onto the field last night where she handed the ceremonial game ball to Super Bowl officials to start the action.

Too bad the Bears weren’t one of the teams on the field with her.

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