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How many people watched the Super Bowl in previous years? Which was the most watched?

The Super Bowl is the most watched television broadcast in the United States, with viewership breaching the 100-million mark in recent years.

The Super Bowl is the most watched television broadcast in the United States, with viewership breaching the 100-million mark in recent years.
Justin HeimanAFP

The Super Bowl has consistently been the most popular TV event in the United States. It has been watched by millions since it first aired in 1967, and viewership increased over the years to break the 100-million mark in 2010. Since then, the total audience of the game has stayed close to this milestone.

When Super Bowl I took place, CBS and NBC shared broadcasting rights to the game. CBS recorded an average of 26.75 million viewers, while NBC tallied 24.43 million. After that year, the network war was shelved and rights to air the game were awarded to only one station.

The number of viewers hit 100 million in 2010 during the game between New Orleans and Indianapolis, when the average audience was 106.48 million.


Below 100 million

Since then, the audience size only fell below the 100 million mark three times: in the 2019 matchup of the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, the 2021 contest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs, and last year, when the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Super Bowl game that holds the record for being the most watched, thus making it the most viewed program in the history of U.S. TV, was the showdown between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

More than 114 million tuned in to witness the showdown between Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. This number rose to 118 million during the halftime show which featured Katy Perry.

Here is the complete list of Super Bowl games and the average number of viewers who watched the matches.

Super Bowl viewership

2022Los Angeles Rams 23, Cincinnati 2099.18M
2021Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 995.20M
2020Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20100.45M
2019New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 398.19M
2018Philadelphia 41, New England 33103.39M
2017New England 34, Atlanta 28111.32M
2016Denver 24, Carolina 10111.86M
2015New England 28, Seattle 24114.44M
2014Seattle 43, Denver 8112.19M
2013Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31108.69M
2012New York Giants 21, New England 17111.35M
2011Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25111.01M
2010New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17106.48M
2009Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 2398.73M
2008New York Giants 17, New England 1497.45M
2007Indianapolis 29, Chicago 1793.18M
2006Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 1090.75M
2005New England 24, Philadelphia 2186.07M
2004New England 32, Carolina 2989.80M
2003Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 2188.64M
2002New England 20, St. Louis 1786.80M
2001Baltimore 34, New York Giants 784.34M
2000St. Louis 23, Tennessee 1688.47M
1999Denver 34, Atlanta 1983.72M
1998Denver 31, Green Bay 2490.00M
1997Green Bay 35, New England 2187.87M
1996Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 1794.08M
1995San Francisco 49, San Diego 2683.42M
1994Dallas 30, Buffalo 1390.00M
1993Dallas 52, Buffalo 1790.99M
1992Washington 37, Buffalo 2479.59M
1991New York Giants 20, Buffalo 1979.51M
1990San Francisco 55, Denver 1073.85M
1989San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 1681.59M
1988Washington 42, Denver 1080.14M
1987New York Giants 39, Denver 2087.19M
1986Chicago 46, New England 1092.57M
1985San Francisco 38, Miami 1685.53M
1984Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington 977.62M
1983Washington 27, Miami 1781.77M
1982San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 2185.24M
1981Oakland 27, Philadelphia 1068.29M
1980Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 1976.24M
1979Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 3174.74M
1978Dallas 27, Denver 1078.94M
1977Oakland 32, Minnesota 1462.05M
1976Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 1757.71M
1975Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 656.05M
1974Miami 24, Minnesota 751.70M
1973Miami 14, Washington 753.32M
1972Dallas 24, Miami 356.64M
1971Baltimore 16, Dallas 1346.04M
1970Kansas City 23, Minnesota 744.27M
1969New York Jets 16, Baltimore 741.66M
1968Green Bay 33, Oakland 1439.12M
1967Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10CBS- 26.75M
NBC- 24.43M

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