Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers break viewing records with Super Bowl performance

The show attracted the largest audience in the history of the sporting event

Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday (Febuary 2) attracted the largest audience in the history of the sporting event.

According to Billboard, the show pulled in 115.3 million viewers, which beats the 114 million record set by Madonna, MIA and Nicki Minaj in 2012 and the 110.8 million who watched Beyoncé in 2013.

Mars put on the annual half-time show during the match between Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, performing songs from his back catalogue including ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ and ‘Treasure’. Midway through the set, he began to sing ‘Give It Away’ before being joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers for a rendition of the US band’s 1991 hit single.

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Prince may well have benefited from the exposure, after his guest spot on TV show [i[New Girl[/i], which was shown directly after the game finished. The episode was watched by nearly 26 million viewers and included a performance of his new track ‘PretzelBodyLogic’