Legendary rocker Tom Petty entertained the second biggest audience in US TV history during the interval for Sunday night’s Super Bowl.

Petty followed the likes of the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney in the prestigious halftime slot during the match won by the New York Giants in the dying moments from the favourites the New England Patriots.

The Super Bowl was watched by an average audience of 97.5m, making it the second most-watched show in US TV history, behind 1983’s season finale of the sitcom M*A*S*H.

It is the most-viewed Super Bowl ever, beating the 94m who watched the 1996 contest, say analysts Nielsen Media.

The game’s audience peaked at more than 105m during the contest’s last, nail-biting phase.

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