"Glee" Super Bowl episode more than doubles audience

Lea Michele of TV comedy 'Glee' performs 'America the Beautiful' prior to the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Musical comedy “Glee” more than doubled its TV audience on Sunday, attracting 26.8 million viewers for a special episode broadcast after the Super Bowl, ratings figures showed on Monday.

Broadcaster Fox television said the football-themed episode of the show about misfit high school students in a choir was the highest-rated scripted series on any U.S. network since 2008.

“Glee”, featuring a mash-up of Michael Jackson’s iconic song “Thriller”, was shown immediately after the Green Bay Packers powered to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League championship.

According to early ratings data, Sunday’s Super Bowl is poised to set a record in terms of TV audiences of more than 106 million viewers when final figures are released later on Monday.

Emmy-award winning “Glee” and its popular cover versions of hit pop, hip-hop and Broadway songs, saw its audience leap from an average 11.6 million Americans to 26.8 million on Sunday, Fox said.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte