Patrick Mahomes put Kansas City ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles in a high-scoring, dramatic affair.
Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII averaged 113 million viewers, the highest-rated Super Bowl in six years. The numbers include both digital viewing and Nielsen out-of-home viewing.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35. The game was broadcast by Fox and streamed on Fox Now and the Fox Sports app. Fox adds that 182.6 million viewers tuned in for all or part of Super Bowl LVII on Fox and Fox Deportes, and also earned a 40.0/77 household rating.
Rihanna’s Apple Music Halftime Show, which ended the pregnant singer’s concert from a clear platform above the field at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, averaged even higher with 118.7 million viewers. That’s enough to make it the highest-rated halftime show since Katy Perry’s performance in 2015, and the second highest in history.
It turned out that many people streamed the game again this year, according to Fox, Super Bowl LVII was the most streamed Super Bowl in history. The game averaged 7 million streams, up from 6 million the previous year. These numbers come from Adobe Analytics and are distributed across FoxSports.com, the Fox Sports App, Fox.com and Fox Now, as well as several NFL digital properties.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the game’s MVP after leading his team to a come-from-behind victory. Mahomes had 3 touchdowns but no interceptions; With a Kansas City defensive score and Kadarius Toney’s 65-yard punt return, Mahomes didn’t have to do much.
Philly QB Jalen Hurts threw for 304 yards. He had one passing touchdown and a new Super Bowl record (for a quarterback; tied by running back Terrell Davis) with three rushing touchdowns. Hurts lost a fumble that the Chiefs defense returned for a touchdown and was sacked twice. Mahomes was not sacked in the game.
Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal with seconds remaining. In the first half, Butker hit a longer – but very doable – field goal from the right side.
Last year’s Super Bowl reached 112.3 million viewers across multiple platforms, the largest audience in five years. The big game, a big win for the Los Angeles Rams, was watched by 101 million viewers on NBC alone, according to Nielsen. It’s amazing what these simple games can do; the Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to clinch the go-ahead game with less than two minutes to play.
The 2022 halftime show, headlined by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and surprise guest 50 Cent, averaged 103.4 million viewers. It was the last to be sponsored by Pepsi.
The total audience for the 2021 Super Bowl was *just* 99.7 million (about 95.6 million from television alone), the lowest number since 2007. CBS had a right to this sloppy outburst, a 31-9 demolition of Mahomes and the Chiefs by Tom Brady. and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The most-watched Super Bowl ever — and televised — was Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 on NBC, averaged 114.4 million viewers. It was a nail biter to end all nail biters. Brady’s New England Patriots defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in dramatic fashion when Russell Wilson threw an interception at the opponent’s one-yard line in the final minute. It was Marshawn Lynch. Right. There.
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