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Will Super Bowl XLVI pass 111 million viewers?

Giants receiver Victor Cruz dons a sombrero during

Giants receiver Victor Cruz dons a sombrero during Super Bowl XLVI Media Day at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. (Jan. 31, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)

Super Bowl XLV smashed all previous records when an average of 111 million viewers made it the most-watched program in American television history.

Does this year’s version have a shot to surpass that mark?

“I hope so,’’ NBC Sports group chairman Mark Lazarus said. “We’re going to try. The combination of a great game but also these big markets – and East Coast markets that will keep viewership into the late hours with teams they care about – I think gives us a real opportunity to do that.’’

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