Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI was not just the most-watched program in TV history, as noted over on the Times' Show Tracker blog, but was also a major hit on Twitter, with 12,233 tweets per second.
During the Giants vs. Patriots game, a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl won by Giants, millions of tweets were posted as Twitter users shared their commentary on quarterback Eli Manning leading the New York Giants to victory over QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots by a score of 21 to 17, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In the final three minutes of the Super Bowl tonight, there were an average of 10,000 Tweets per second, Twitter adds.
According to a Twitter blog post, the 46th annual Super Bowl set a record for the most tweets per second with 13.7 million game-related tweets sent out between 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
In 2008, Twitter's largest spike in Tweets per second (TPS) during the Super Bowl was just 27. Three years later, fans sent 4,064 TPS, which was the highest TPS for any sporting event at that time, the blog post read.
But this year, the TPS peak was 12,233 Tweets.
However, the big game was not the only Super Bowl moment that has entered Twitter's record book. Madonna's performance during halftime was a big hit too, attracting an average of 8,000 TPS during a five-minute span, with a peak of 10,245 Tweets.
The highest Tweets per second #SuperBowl peak came at the end of the game: 12,233. 2nd highest was during Madonna's performance: 10,245, Twitter announced in a tweet.
The two Super Bowl moments of this year have reportedly surpassed Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's 80-yard overtime touchdown pass during the AFC wild-card playoff game on Jan. 8, 2012 (9,420 TPS).
According to Mashable, the record number of tweets put both the moments at the second and third spot, respectively, on the list of Twitter's most tweets-per-second moments.
The top spot still belongs to the online buzz sparked by the Japanese animation movie Castle in the Sky in December, with 25,088 TPS.
To know the other top moments in Twitter's record book, click here.
Watch Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Show 2012