For over 20 years, the final episode of M*A*S*H held the record as the highest rated television event in American television history. That mark was recently eclipsed by the recent New Orleans Saints victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl.
While the few living stars of the television series regret that their record has been broken, advertising companies are also hurt by the new standard.
Skippy Peanut Butter spokesman Bart Humble said that "for year's we've patted ourselves on the back because of our success with our commercial spot on the highest watched television program of all time. To see our record fall to a bunch of beer and potato chip commercials and ads with talking babies is just too much to contemplate."
Ford Motor Company Spokesman Quinn Railey felt much the same way. "We bought time on the last episode of M*A*S*H for the historical significance, and now that has been dwarfed by a football game. Never mind the fact that we also had spots during that football game, but it just isn't right."
A representative from Go Daddy, which did not exist when M*A*S*H was on the air, said "go to our website and watch us party and dance naked to celebrate this milestone!"