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How many people watched the 2022 Super Bowl LVI?

As well as checking out this year's total TV viewership, we can compare that to those of year's gone by with 100 million being reached more than once.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Taylor Rapp #24 and Darious Williams #11 of the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewoo

Super Bowl LVI proved to be one that stayed close right to the end, with the lead switching hands across the four quarters. In the end it was the LA Rams who came out victorious over the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 23-20 with an unsuprising connection between Stafford and Kupp clinching the win. But how many people tuned in to see it?

How many people watched Super Bowl LVI?

Prior to Sunday's clash at the SoFi Stadium we had witnessed the previous ten Super Bowls having been the most watched games of all time, eight of them the most watched programs in US television history.

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Last season’s Super Bowl, which saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win against the Kansas City Chiefs, had an estimated 91.6 million viewers in the United States alone. And even though that number can sound like a lot, that game attracted 22.4 million fewer viewers than the most watched Super Bowl in 2015: the Seahawks vs Patriots.

The Rams-Bengals encounter by comparison was estimated to bring in a viewing audience of around 117 million, which would make it the most viewed of all time. And as the numbers are coming in, it was certainly an impressive result, if not yet final.

NBC, which had the rights this year, have said that the game averaged 99.18 million viewers with just over a million further watchers over on Telemundo, giving a television total of 100.21 million. Last year's comparable figure was 91.63. The popular streaming options added to that make for some impressive reading, with an average of 11.2 million, despite there being no free option like in covid-hit 2021. A grand total it would appear of 111.41 million, up 14% on last year.

What is the most watched Super Bowl?

The 2015 face-off between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots saw 114.4 million viewers, which made it the most watched Super Bowl in history. 

Below are the ratings of the past 10 Super Bowls, all but one hitting 100 million:

2021: 111.41 million

2020: 101.3 million

2019: 98.4 million

2018: 103.4 million

2017: 111.3 million

2016: 111.8 million

2015: 114.4 million

2014: 112 million

2013: 108 million

2012: 111 million

2011: 111 million