Bruno Mars Breaks Super Bowl Halftime Show Ratings With 115.3 Million Viewers

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Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game on Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bruno Mars attracted the largest audience in the history of the Super Bowl.

Mars' 14-minute performance, which also featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, racked up 115.3 million viewers. That figure thrusts Mars and the Chili Peppers ahead of Madonna's 114 million viewers in 2012 and Beyonce's 110.8 million in 2013. The halftime show slightly edged out the game itself, which attracted a record-breaking audience of 111.5 million, according to Nielsen reports.

With Super Bowl XLVIII narrowly topping last year's 111.3 million viewers, the Seahawks-Broncos matchup -- along with Mars' halftime performance -- is now the most-viewed event in U.S. television history. (The 1983 "M*A*S*H" finale, commonly cited as having amassed TV's highest ratings, was dethroned in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl and attracted 106.5 million viewers. "M*A*S*H" garnered a reported 105.97 million viewers.)

Mars ripped through fast-paced renditions of "Locked Out Of Heaven," "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby," with the Red Hot Chili Peppers joining him to perform their 1991 smash "Give It Away." Watch the show below.

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