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Super Bowl sets ratings, social media records. DOJ declines to prosecute 21st Century Fox, News Corp. for phone hacking. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Super Bowl Smashes Ratings Record, Pulls Historic 114.4 Million Viewers (THR / The Live Feed)
Super Bowl XLIX surged to break multiple records on Sunday night, raking in 114.4 million viewers to become the most watched telecast in U.S. history. That easily tops the previous record, set by the last Super Bowl, of 112.2 million. SocialTimes Over 28.4 million tweets were sent from around the world during Super Bowl XLIX, making it the most-tweeted Super Bowl in Twitter’s history. Last year 24.9 million tweets were sent during the game. LostRemote The halftime show (8:10-8:25 p.m. ET) featuring @katyperry, @LennyKravitz and @MissyElliot generated more than 3 million tweets. SocialTimes Super Bowl XLIX became the most-talked-about Super Bowl on Facebook to date, with some 50 million users generating about 265 million posts, comments and likes. LostRemote Just as Twitter analyzes peak reaction times with tweets per minute, Facebook has begun using “people per minute” (PPM) to measure participation. During the final minute of the game, 1.3 million PPM were interacting around Super Bowl content. SocialTimes Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch) and Nationwide were two of the most buzzed about advertisers on Twitter during Super Bowl XLIX, but likely for very different reasons. According to Brandwatch, there were 197,800-plus Twitter brand mentions of Anheuser-Busch from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday. Nationwide was second with more than 161,100 mentions on Twitter in that timeframe.

U.S. Won’t Prosecute 21st Century Fox Over Hacking Scandal (THR)
21st Century Fox on Monday said that the U.S. Department of Justice will not investigate accusations that employees might have intercepted voicemails or made illegal payments to public officials in London, and that it won’t prosecute News Corp., which had been similarly accused of wrongdoing. Capital New York The Justice Department had been investigating whether News Corp. personnel violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials abroad. British News Corp. journalists were found to have paid police officials for information in the course of their reporting. The Guardian It is understood there has been no background settlement with the Department of Justice in order to avoid a full-blown investigation, contrary to speculation in New York more than a year ago that the company was looking at a possible payment of more than $850 million. Variety Last year, former News of The World editor Andy Coulson was convicted in a London court of one count of conspiring to hack phones. His predecessor, Rebekah Brooks, was cleared of all charges.

The 2015 National Magazine Award Winners (FishbowlNY)
The 2015 National Magazine Awards were announced Monday. Highlights from this year’s Ellies included newcomer Nautilus winning twice and New York and The New Yorker winning three times each. Adweek The top prize for Magazine of The Year, which encompasses both editorial excellence and “branded content and services, including conferences and events,” went to Condé Nast fashion bible Vogue. Condé also happened to be the most-awarded publisher of the night with a total of seven wins. (By comparison, Hearst, Time Inc. and Rodale had just one each.) HuffPost The New Yorker won for general interest, fiction, and essays and criticism, the latter award going to Roger Angell for his moving look at aging. Angell, 94, beat out Ta-Nehisi Coates’ much-lauded “The Case for Reparations,” in The Atlantic, to win his first National Magazine Award. New York won for design, magazine section, and columns and commentary for the work of art critic Jerry Saltz. New York Post The upstarts are clearly leaving their mark in an industry that is in a state of transition. Janice Min, president of Guggenheim Media, was on hand to accept the first-ever award won by The Hollywood Reporter — for general excellence in the special-interest magazine category.