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 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
|2022||Los Angeles Rams 23, Cincinnati 20||99.18M|
|2021||Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9||95.20M|
|2020||Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20||100.45M|
|2019||New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 3||98.19M|
|2018||Philadelphia 41, New England 33||103.39M|
|2017||New England 34, Atlanta 28||111.32M|
|2016||Denver 24, Carolina 10||111.86M|
|2015||New England 28, Seattle 24||114.44M|
|2014||Seattle 43, Denver 8||112.19M|
|2013||Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31||108.69M|
|2012||New York Giants 21, New England 17||111.35M|
|2011||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25||111.01M|
|2010||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17||106.48M|
|2009||Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23||98.73M|
|2008||New York Giants 17, New England 14||97.45M|
|2007||Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17||93.18M|
|2006||Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10||90.75M|
|2005||New England 24, Philadelphia 21||86.07M|
|2004||New England 32, Carolina 29||89.80M|
|2003||Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21||88.64M|
|2002||New England 20, St. Louis 17||86.80M|
|2001||Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7||84.34M|
|2000||St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16||88.47M|
|1999||Denver 34, Atlanta 19||83.72M|
|1998||Denver 31, Green Bay 24||90.00M|
|1997||Green Bay 35, New England 21||87.87M|
|1996||Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17||94.08M|
|1995||San Francisco 49, San Diego 26||83.42M|
|1994||Dallas 30, Buffalo 13||90.00M|
|1993||Dallas 52, Buffalo 17||90.99M|
|1992||Washington 37, Buffalo 24||79.59M|
|1991||New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19||79.51M|
|1990||San Francisco 55, Denver 10||73.85M|
|1989||San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16||81.59M|
|1988||Washington 42, Denver 10||80.14M|
|1987||New York Giants 39, Denver 20||87.19M|
|1986||Chicago 46, New England 10||92.57M|
|1985||San Francisco 38, Miami 16||85.53M|
|1984||Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington 9||77.62M|
|1983||Washington 27, Miami 17||81.77M|
|1982||San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21||85.24M|
|1981||Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10||68.29M|
|1980||Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 19||76.24M|
|1979||Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31||74.74M|
|1978||Dallas 27, Denver 10||78.94M|
|1977||Oakland 32, Minnesota 14||62.05M|
|1976||Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17||57.71M|
|1975||Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6||56.05M|
|1974||Miami 24, Minnesota 7||51.70M|
|1973||Miami 14, Washington 7||53.32M|
|1972||Dallas 24, Miami 3||56.64M|
|1971||Baltimore 16, Dallas 13||46.04M|
|1970||Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7||44.27M|
|1969||New York Jets 16, Baltimore 7||41.66M|
|1968||Green Bay 33, Oakland 14||39.12M|
|1967||Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10||CBS- 26.75M|