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According to preliminary results from Nielsen, Super Bowl 51 drew an average audience of about 111.3 million viewers, making it the third most-watched Super Bowl game in history. The game ranked behind Super Bowls 49 and 50, which drew 112 million and 114 million viewers, respectively.

Despite a decline in viewership, 7 out of 10 U.S. homes with televisions still watched Super Bowl 51. The first overtime session in Super Bowl history was viewed in an average of 53.6 million homes.

On social: Nielsen estimates that there were 190.8 million social media interactions across Facebook and Twitter from 48.3 million people in the U.S. on Sunday.

  • 175.5 million interactions on Facebook in the U.S.
  • 15.3 million interactions on Twitter in the U.S.

The trend: As Recode notes, football viewership ratings were down for the regular season and payoffs, which NFL executives say is partially due to the political debate season gobbling up viewership. It's likely that a ratings fall over the past two years can be attributed to the amount of digital access viewers have to replays and highlights as well as a large drop in cable subscriptions for ESPN, which typically airs one game per week.

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Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”

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