News: Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Numbers Come In, R&B Diva Shatters Records

Monday, Feb 4, 2013 9:34PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's publicized Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance reportedly shattered records and made it the third-most watched championship game in NFL history.

According to reports, Bey easily brought in over 100 million viewers with her halftime set.

The half-hour that included Beyonce's performance at Super Bowl XLVII was one of the most watched segments of the NFL championship on Sunday, hitting an average of about 104 million viewers, Billboard estimates, based on Nielsen data. Nielsen estimated 108.41 million viewers tuned in for the Super Bowl, making it the third-most-watched program in television history behind Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLV. Nielsen, heeding CBS's request, is not counting the 34-minute power outage delay in its ratings. (Billboard)

Bey lit up the New Orleans Superdome with a handful of her solo hits.

Her hit-filled, hair-flipping performance was a marvel of intensity, like a two-hour concert condensed into a few minutes. Every moment - from wrist flick to rock lick - was a marvel of intensity unmatched by any halftime show in recent memory. (And, yes, that includes Madonna in 2012 and Prince in 2007.) Fans raced across the floor before Beyoncé appeared, and thousands of blue finger flashlights lit up the stadium. (They were given to fans once inside the dome.) She stood center stage, in silhouette, before belting out a bit of "Love On Top" from 2011 album "4." It segued into "Crazy in Love," and the first glimpse of her black leather and long legs. She was joined, as always, by her female band and dancers, who enjoyed a nice bit of spotlight during "End of Time" and "Baby Boy." (Houston Chronicle)

After performing those jams, Knowles-Carter surprised fans with an unexpected Destiny's Child reunion.

Her set began with "Love On Top" from her lastest album 4. She followed with "Crazy in Love," "End of Time," and "Baby Boy" before being joined on stage by Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The reunited Destiny's Child trio sang "Bootylicious," "Independent Women," and "Single Ladies," before leaving Queen B to reign supreme again. Beyonce then finished her show with "Halo." (Entertainment Weekly)

The award-winning singer will take her show on the road later this year with a global tour.

Following a Super Bowl halftime show that set Twitter ablaze and quite possibly melted the circuitry at the Superdome, Beyonce announced that she will embark on a nearly four month transatlantic tour that will kick off in Serbia on April 15. After two almost months in Europe -- with dates in London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and nearly every other major city -- she will kick off a two month trek across the United States, starting in Los Angeles and ending in Brooklyn's Barclay's Center -- an arena in which her husband, Jay-Z, owns a stake. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Check out a portion of the Super Bowl performance:

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