Super Bowl LVI combined an exciting game that went down to the wire with an unbelievable halftime show filled with star power. Casual fans were drawn to the glitz and glamor of the game being in Los Angeles. TV executives at NBC were hoping the draw was enough to bring in a huge audience.

Those TV bigwigs got everything they hoped for and more. Super Bowl LVI pulled in a whopping viewership of 112.3 million. NFL.com noted that this made it the most-watched television show in five years.

A tight game likely brought in a ton of viewers through word of mouth. Many watched just to see the halftime show. After the NFL posted the entire performance on YouTube, tens of millions of viewers watched.

NBC Sports reported that the television audience was equal to 101.1 million viewers. The previous most-watched program was Super Bowl LI when Tom Brady led the New England Patriots on a wild comeback against the Atlanta Falcons. That game brought in 113.7 million viewers.

Last year’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs came in with a 10% lower viewership than this year’s game. The halftime show alone this year averaged 103.4 million viewers. Telemundo’s Spanish broadcast had 1.9 million people watching.

A strong lineup of NFL playoff games made for compelling storylines leading to the Super Bowl. A halftime show filled with major stars brought in a non-fan audience. NBC cannot be anything but thrilled with the viewership for Super Bowl LVI.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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