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Super Bowl TV viewership in the U.S. 1990-2019

TV viewership of the Super Bowl in the United States from 1990 to 2019 (in millions)

by Christina Gough, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Super Bowl TV viewership in the U.S. 1990-2019

How many people watch the Super Bowl?

The 2019 edition of the Super Bowl, which saw New England emerge victorious against the Los Angeles Rams in a low-scoring affair, was watched by 98.2 million viewers in the United States. The most watched Super Bowl in history is Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. This match was also won by the Patriots, this time against the Seattle Seahawks, and a record 114.4 million viewers tuned into the game.
What is the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is the last game of the NFL season with the winners of the two football conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), playing each other. The game determines the champion of the National Football League. The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 following the 1966 football season. In that game, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, then of the American Football League, with a score of 35 to 10, winning the first ever Super Bowl championship.

Super Bowl giants

The Super Bowl came into being as part of a merger agreement between the two rival football leagues (National Football League and the American Football League) at the time. From 1967 to 1970, the game pitted the champions of the two rival leagues against each other. Since 1971 and the completion of the merger agreement, the winners of the two conferences have squared off against each other. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots have won the most Super Bowl titles with a total of six each. The Patriots have also appeared in the National Football League’s annual championship game a record 11 times, thereby topping the list for Super Bowl appearances.
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TV viewership of the Super Bowl in the United States from 1990 to 2019 (in millions)

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