By Desiree Salas ( | First Posted: Feb 05, 2014 05:37 AM EST

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The general consensus was that Bruno Mars did a great job entertaining us during his Super Bowl 2014 halftime show, which featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocking out to "Give It Away". The damning evidence of this verdict was shown in the report recently released by television ratings service provider Nielsen, Fox News said.

"Nielsen said an estimated 115.3 million people watched Mars and his guests, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That makes it the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show ever, eclipsing Madonna's performance two years ago," the news agency reported.

It can be recalled that Madonna's Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance was viewed by a 112.5 million-strong audience, while Beyonce's only had 110.8 million viewers. Bravo, Bruno! You just blew out two of pop music's juggernauts!

Aside from this, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter's album, 'Unorthodox Jukebox', got a whopping 164% boost in sales, Billboard revealed.

The record sold about 40,000 copies by Feb. 2, which is definitely more than double the 15,000 sold a week before that. That makes his free entertainment services definitely worth his while.

As a consequence, the Hawaiian crooner's album went to No. 1 on the iTunes album chart when Monday rang in. Also, his debut work 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans' moved to No. 3. Right now, Fox News observed, the prolific artist has 11 songs in the top 100 in the singles chart of iTunes.

This extra push in album sales following an artist's Super Bowl halftime performance is pretty much a normal occurrence. Beyonce and Madonna experienced a similar effect in the wake of their SB shows.

If you're one of those bitten by the Bruno Mars bug after seeing his Super Bowl performance, you're probably wanting to hear all his songs (or at least those he sang during Sunday's show). To listen to his latest album for free, visit his 'Unorthodox Jukebox' official site. You can also check out iTunes to hear samples of the repertoire in his second studio release.

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