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111.9 million Super Bowl viewers

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Last year, a record 114.4 million viewers on average enjoyed Super Bowl XLIX, between the Patriots and Seahawks. This year, the numbers were down because the game was less compelling, but the audience was still gigantic.

According to CBS, an average of 111.9 million watched the game, with a peak of 115.5 million between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. ET.

As big as the Super Bowl audience has become, the question that comes up every year for me is this: What is everyone else in the country doing at that time?

FOX has the game next year in Houston, and after that NBC in Minnesota. The size of the audiences will be driven largely by the size of the markets represented in the game and the perceived (and actual) competitiveness of the game.

While Sunday night’s game wasn’t a shootout, tension permeated most of the game, with a nagging sense that the Panthers eventually were going to find the gas pedal and win the game easily.

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  1. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    i think it’s funny that al michaels will have to do his next superbowl commentary in his least favorite city because of the weather. haha!

  2. ebdug says: Feb 8, 2016 8:06 PM

    Hopefully, the owners will eventually come to the conclusion that their viewership is watered down because the talent in the league is watered down. A new commissioner might result in renewed interest.

  3. You can have your draft pick back when the cowboys get their cap space back says: Feb 8, 2016 8:07 PM

    All those people who said it was boring, yet not too many people turned the channel apparently.

    2.5 million salty Patriots fans opted out I guess.

  4. skoobyfl says: Feb 8, 2016 8:08 PM

    1 team that’s barely followed makes these numbers amazing.

  5. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 8, 2016 8:08 PM

    111.9 million disappointed viewers.
    The production was crappy

  6. tjacks7 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:12 PM

    How many people have to see Mike Carey make a fool of himself on national television before the producers realize it? Apparently 111.9 million people.

  7. jkcranshaw says: Feb 8, 2016 8:27 PM

    Mike Carey was really only on TV once for that first replay and he got it right, the on field crew got it wrong.

  8. tonebones says: Feb 8, 2016 8:30 PM

    This was one of the best super bowls. Everyone thought Carolina would win, but somehow Peyton Manning, in his last game, brought home the Lombardi trophy. Couldn’t have written a better script. NFL football is at an all time high. Give Goodell a raise.

  9. mountie97 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:33 PM

    I would love to track the food and beer revenue along with number ov viewers if Goodell would move the Super Bowl to a Saturday. It sucks to have to get up at 3:30 AM to go to work after watching the game. My hunch is all numbers will be up for a Saturday showing.

  10. rudydornbusch says: Feb 8, 2016 8:34 PM

    from hereon add another 4 or 5 million viewers now that the Los Angeles citizens will become interested in football again. I live in L.A and there was traffic outside my home..just as usual.. in the second quarter of the super bowl. True football cities are dead.. on superbowl sundays. LA was not a football city this year. . not so next year on..

  11. steelerfan63 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:35 PM

    Wait until the Steelers enter next years Super Bowl 18-0. The ratings will be off the chart. You all heard it here first.

  12. vikingforlife says: Feb 8, 2016 8:37 PM

    I think viewership being down this year had more to do with the weather being so much better across the country! People weren’t forced to stay home and watch if they didn’t want to! The year before, people were snowed in all over the place. Yep, don’t flatter yourselves, NE and Seattle fans. Football fans like the Broncos and the Panthers just fine (or at least not any more or less than the two of you).

  13. doe22us says: Feb 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    The game was a really poor final being a fan of offense, i doubt if i watched for longer than 5 mins, tho the tv was on.

  14. bradygirl12 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    Most people probably watched for gambling purposes. It certainly wasn’t for the entertainment value.

  15. jjfootball says: Feb 8, 2016 8:41 PM

    Never believe the NFL!

  16. koolaidcircusbeast says: Feb 8, 2016 8:42 PM

    Coldplay’s wardrobe could’ve lost several million viewers even with the mute button on.

  17. 1pavikingfan says: Feb 8, 2016 8:48 PM

    And they got to watch Beyonce’s shameful references.

  18. abninf says: Feb 8, 2016 8:56 PM

    If the Cowboys could make it back in, there would be close to a billion viewers.

  19. bleck5 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:57 PM

    NE and Seattle are compelling very prolific teams.

    The same cannot be said for Carolina or Denver and some of the most attrocious offense ever seen in the Superbowl.

  20. ikeclanton says: Feb 8, 2016 8:57 PM

    All of them were treated to an absolute clinic by Ted Ginn on how to run out of bounds without being touched.

  21. depotnator says: Feb 8, 2016 8:57 PM

    The poor body language of Cam during the second half of the game certainly did not indicate that the Panthers would come roaring back to win this thing.

  22. nbptma1 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:58 PM

    Lets face it, the game game was pretty boring. I mean c’mon, the MVP was a defensive player. I’m sure he deserved it, but I didn’t tune in to watch defense.

  23. booboo31 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:06 PM

    The game was boring as hell not sure what PFT is talking about.

  24. goawayeverybody says: Feb 8, 2016 9:10 PM

    I was at Disneyland thank you very much. I watched the highlights later on TV.

  25. lastnameiswilson says: Feb 8, 2016 9:12 PM

    Anytime Cam went down I was entertained. My competitive nature just wanted the Denver D to shut Cam up, and boy did they do that! So yes entertaining to me and the Cam Newton haters 😃

  26. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 8, 2016 9:13 PM

    the game was the weekend before mardi gras a lot of mannings family didnt even go.

  27. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Feb 8, 2016 9:15 PM

    150 million wouldah tuned in if it were NE. That would’ve been the biggest circus evah

  28. thebirdofprey says: Feb 8, 2016 9:20 PM

    The defenses were really good especially Denver’s pass rush and coverage. Keuchly and Ealy made some big plays for Panthers defense. But I will straight up say that game was a boring snooze fest.

    So many penalties, both teams were atrocious on 3rd downs, errant passes and just a sloppy game. Even when Cam Netwon had the ball in the 4th quarter down 6 points there wasn’t any tension.

  29. dtroxallday says: Feb 8, 2016 9:20 PM

    111.9 million people saw from pre-game warm ups to post-game interview, exactly who the NFL MVP really is. Nice.

  30. dbfan4ever says: Feb 8, 2016 9:24 PM

    I don’t know how anybody who watched that game thought that the “Panthers offense was going to find the gas pedal and win easily”! Nothing about the game was easy for the Panthers offense!

  31. Waldo says: Feb 8, 2016 9:30 PM

    Game become more hype than game ! Boring, Like watching grass grow. Not even a good fight on the field.
    Manning’s perfect for this plain vanilla !

  32. mybrunoblog says: Feb 8, 2016 9:35 PM

    Here’s a few ideas. Start the game at 5:30 est not 6:30. Trim a few minutes off the half time show. Trim just a few commercials. Nobody enjoys a four hour football game. Just too long.

  33. bradygirl12 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:35 PM

    You are right,dtrox. We got to see that the NFL MVP is a bad loser and a big baby. What a great way to represent. I’m sure no one will ever forget that he backed off of trying to recover that fumble in the 4th quarter. It will be a long time before he lives that one down.

  34. rutledge3197 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    Pittsburgh won’t win 11 games let alone 18

  35. TheBrownsareClowns says: Feb 8, 2016 9:42 PM

    I turned off the game after they got the catch wrong. The outcome was pre-determined. No reason to watch if the refs and the replay booth cant get an essy call right

  36. Unchained81 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:44 PM

    And 111.9 million were bored out of their minds.

  37. buckethead1 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:47 PM

    Cam Newton is hated by 110 million people…

  38. bradygirl12 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:52 PM

    TheBrownsareClowns says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:42 PM

    I turned off the game after they got the catch wrong. The outcome was pre-determined. No reason to watch if the refs and the replay booth cant get an essy call right
    ———–
    I actually thought that was a catch too. It never hit the ground. Anyway,the best part of SB 50 was Lady GaGa nailing the national anthem. Awesome. The rest of it was spent waiting for someone’s offense to wake up. It never happened.

  39. cranespy says: Feb 8, 2016 9:55 PM

    The Patriots fall to Denver in a game they could’ve clearly won. Go back and review the tape of Brady on the field and in his presser…..he did it right…..paid respect to his opponent ….taking the high road.

    Brady is about as emotional as they come but he understands that when the game ends and you lost….you complement your victor and show professionalism, humility and appreciation for the journey the fans made with you. That’s what a real man does, that’s what a real leader does.

    Lucky for Cam the MVP Award had already been given. Now I am not so certain he would win if voting included that “episode.”

  40. kidsamoa260 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:08 PM

    So 111 million of us were weirded out by the puppymonkeybaby?

  41. dtroxallday says: Feb 8, 2016 10:09 PM

    The Cotchery call shouldn’t have mattered to a true MVP. Camera melted down after the first hit.

  42. cornerstone2001 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    The game was a bore. Gaga was lousy.
    halftime was lame…coldplay famous for copying others songs…beyonce shamelessly attacking cops just to sell records to the black community. Not funny commercials

    5 hours of my life i wish i had back

  43. justintuckrule says: Feb 8, 2016 10:14 PM

    I thought shutting up cam made the game great. However, now that fantasy dorks are chiming in their disappointment of watching a defensive struggle, that makes this SB one of my all time faves!!! LONG LIVE DEFENSE AND HITTING!!!

  44. justintuckrule says: Feb 8, 2016 10:16 PM

    jkcranshaw says:
    Feb 8, 2016 8:27 PM
    Mike Carey was really only on TV once for that first replay and he got it right, the on field crew got it wrong.
    —-
    You’re wrong. The refs got it right. Would you bet your house on the ball not touching the ground in that sequence? That’s the standard you know. Not that it looked like it was a catch. I’m glad the refs had the stones to reject that challenge.

  45. ebdug says: Feb 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    With Goodell reducing the impact of a touchdown to that of an NBA basket, many of the Goodell era fans considered this gamer boring.

    Maybe it would be good for the game if the NFL audience was reduced to the knowledgable fanbase of last century.

  46. steelcurtainn says: Feb 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    The real question is how many of them fell asleep? This superbowl was a yawner for me and everyone around me. Hopefully next years superbowl will be better.

  47. rpkllc says: Feb 8, 2016 10:33 PM

    Viewership was most certainly down in New Orleans as it was Mardi Gras. The streets were packed more than ever. New Orleans couldn’t bid on SB50 b/c it interfered with MG.

  48. draculalambert says: Feb 8, 2016 10:34 PM

    Honestly speaking , this was the worst superbowl. Someone name one that was worse. And don’t mention the blowout ones because they had action and touchdowns.

  49. joe6606 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:50 PM

    It was obvious the fix was in as soon as they didn’t rule that a catch. Wasn’t it convenient that anytime there was a controversial play not a single replay was shown? Blind side hit on the return? Block in the back? Needing to burn the last challenge when manning was obviously down? At least several non calls for pi and late hits on cam .

    I couldn’t have cared less who won, but the one thing I didn’t want was for Goodell to predetermine the winner. Which is clearly what happened

  50. sportnik2 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:54 PM

    Rodger’s incompetence is finally having an impact on the league.

    This is just the beginning.

  51. eoyguy says: Feb 8, 2016 10:59 PM

    At least 4 years running of not watching a single game, quarter or play of NFL football. The game became unwatchable for me years ago. Endless jabbering by brainless and barely literate talking heads, commercial after commercial, interrupted by brief glimpses of the game. 10 slow motion replays of every incomplete pass, 2 yard gain, or guy doing a stupid celebration. Every call on the field reviewed or questioned, and every catch not a catch, unless it was. Amazes me that so many can still stand to watch it.

    What were the “rest of us” doing during the game? My people call it “Netflix”…

  52. redhotjuliuspeppers says: Feb 8, 2016 11:07 PM

    For the record, Sunday it was happening the biggest brazilian Holliday, Carnaval. So as the brazil is emerging as one of the top sites in which football is growing worldwide, its an interesting detail for statistics.

  53. boobylayne says: Feb 8, 2016 11:07 PM

    90% had money on the game, the other 10% fell asleep before it finished.

  54. charger383 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:08 PM

    Carolina Dancers lost so it was great

  55. bencoates57 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:13 PM

    No one was really all that interested in this year’s game.

  56. ez0682 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:16 PM

    Lets be real the NFL can’t even compete or can’t be in the same league as futbol yes real futbol. Not a barca game vs Madrid. Imagine the world cup or champions league. Your nfl starts are not even know globally. Goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Futbol wins again. What’s a field goal lol

  57. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Feb 8, 2016 11:18 PM

    Most of the masses tuned in to watch Camera dab. Oops, what happened?

  58. 8oneanddones says: Feb 8, 2016 11:23 PM

    Peak NFL has arrived.

  59. jaxon51 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:37 PM

    About a million either felt bad for Tom Brady getting booed at the pre game ceremony he was part of or for Cam Newton acting childish at post game interview.
    The other 109 million plus enjoyed seeing that.

  60. immafubared says: Feb 9, 2016 12:20 AM

    Other than Peyton’s swan song, this was a boring game, boring halftime and the commercials sucked. Overall for me a big piece of crapola.

  61. immafubared says: Feb 9, 2016 12:30 AM

    This am many sports stes took there video of cam behaving badly off the net. Had to really search to see him being asked questions and walking out. Me thinks goody putmthe screws to them about image and tarnishingmtheir current star mvp. Noticed they never threw flags at his dances and stopped his side?one charades either. Thoguht that was called excessive celebration but apparently the word is let him do it he is our star.

  62. footballer4ever says: Feb 9, 2016 12:32 AM

    I sure avoided watching any piece of that boring and overhyped eggball stuff. Again, I am sure commercials were the main attraction overall. At least most of you can now go back to your caves and hibernate until fall season comes up. 😛

  63. wahoo21 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:33 AM

    I got the day off to watch and soon realized it was a snoooooozer and Cam is just a frontrunner so I did my taxes instead and got a refund so the day wasn’t a total loss

  64. immafubared says: Feb 9, 2016 12:34 AM

    The crowds will love minny in two years. Let’s see it was minus 4 yesterday with 40 mph winds and snow. Lovely in Feb. The players will hate it too when they learn what the state payroll tax is on their earnings too.

  65. footballer4ever says: Feb 9, 2016 12:35 AM

    @ez0682 says:

    You are damn right, Football buddy!.

    “Super” bowl , “World Champions” lol. They are all smoking and inhaling stuff that make you all hallucinate. What a bore that is…I rather watch grass grow, but wait, they don’t even play in real grass…they play in fake grass more like what they play, fake stuff.

  66. Slapshot says: Feb 9, 2016 12:36 AM

    111.9 million viewers were reminded once again there was no Santa Claus, no Easter Bunny and no Superman after all.

  67. patsfanshaveonlybeenfanssincebrady says: Feb 9, 2016 1:21 AM

    Very happy the Broncos won. However the AFCCG was a much better and closer game.

    Patriots AND Steelers would’ve beat the Panthers. Broncos beat the 4th best team in the NFL to win their 3rd super bowl.

  68. patsfanshaveonlybeenfanssincebrady says: Feb 9, 2016 1:25 AM

    ez0682 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 11:16 PM
    Lets be real the NFL can’t even compete or can’t be in the same league as futbol yes real futbol. Not a barca game vs Madrid. Imagine the world cup or champions league. Your nfl starts are not even know globally. Goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Futbol wins again. What’s a field goal lol
    ———————————-
    Why exactly are you on this site? Pretty sure almost 100% of the people on here don’t care about your futbol… If we were interested in it, we’d be on profutboltalk.com instead… But we’re not. So buh bye

  69. mitchem85 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:51 AM

    You gotta think about the bars and pubs and places like that, that show the Super Bowl to a lot of people in one place. I bet if you looked into it, a lot more people than that are watching.

  70. danm1978 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:48 AM

    bleck5 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 8:57 PM
    NE and Seattle are compelling very prolific teams.

    The same cannot be said for Carolina or Denver and some of the most attrocious offense ever seen in the Superbowl.
    ——————————————————————–
    I’m guessing you’re trolling…seeing as though Carolina+Denver Vs Seattle+New England this past season is 4-0 to the. Your “prolific teams” couldn’t win one game out of four.
    It wasn’t a great game at all, it was decent. An atrocious game is a blowout

  71. varangia says: Feb 9, 2016 4:13 AM

    112 million people now know Cam is the new Kapernick.

  72. MTLighthouse69 says: Feb 9, 2016 5:18 AM

    “As big as the Super Bowl audience has become, the question that comes up every year for me is this: What is everyone else in the country doing at that time?”

    ===

    I watched the fish bowl, puppy bowl, kitten bowl, and reruns of The Walking Dead.

    And yes, one channel did have various fishbowls with music playing in the background. That wasn’t a joke. I think it was National Geographic.

    I didn’t even turn the channel to the game at any point during its airing. I didn’t find out who won until the next morning. For some reason, I find the SB exhausting to watch. Perhaps it is the absurd number of commercials that are nowhere near as good as they used to be. Perhaps it is because I didn’t want to hear countless ours of the announcers going on and on about Manning.

    I understand that putting up first run scripted programming against the SB is probably a ratings loser. Still, it is a shame that it appears no one is willing to give viewers who have no interest in the SB a first run scripted alternative.

  73. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 9, 2016 5:46 AM

    I knew Clete Blakeman was going to keep the game close. I stopped watching at halftime because of Clete Blakemans obvious bias for Denver
    Figured if Carolina won it would be worth watching. I wish the NFL would stop deliberately making wrong calls to keep these games close. Denver would NOT have won that game without Clete Blakeman.

  74. TheBrownsareClowns says: Feb 9, 2016 6:08 AM

    NFL = WWE. Im sure Vegas was very pleased with Roger (what a queer name btw), Blandino and the Blakeman crew. You know officiating is a problem when the refs names are as known as the players playing the games.

    No I didnt bet on the game, so save the sounds like someone lost a bet shtick i know one of you clowns are thinking.

    But its pretty clear Vegas took everyones lunch money

  75. troy43mvp says: Feb 9, 2016 6:44 AM

    The over obvious advantage to the offense from the rules perspective make Denver’s defense that much more impressive. Not so much for Carolina. Peyton had a pretty weak game over all. For years though his defense’s relied on him, so it’s nice to see his D bail him out this season for a change.

  76. swineflooo says: Feb 9, 2016 7:18 AM

    jaxon51 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 11:37 PM
    About a million either felt bad for Tom Brady getting booed at the pre game ceremony he was part of or for Cam Newton acting childish at post game interview.
    The other 109 million plus enjoyed seeing that.

    7 8
    Report comment

    Booing is a sign of respect and jealousy. Noones feelings are hurt if they get boooed unless ur soft af

  77. swineflooo says: Feb 9, 2016 7:23 AM

    Lol at people making excuses for why viewership was down. Lol mardi gras, brasil carnival. Lol give me a break, brasil could care less about the superbowl, and if people at mardi gras were out then they could care less about it also

  78. vikingforlife says: Feb 9, 2016 7:23 AM

    Oh Yeah, don’t forget Mardi Gras! What would you rather be doing ??? If I could have been celebrating in my FAVORITE city in the whole world I would have. I’m sure TVs were on (and there are an abundance down there), but people are celebrating all over! Yep, have to consider that as well. I have to agree with others though, half-time show BLEW!!! I’m sure many viewers were lost during and never returned. Commercials were not that good. DogMonkeyBaby really creaped all of us out, am I right???

  79. vikingforlife says: Feb 9, 2016 7:28 AM

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  80. nepats12 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:30 AM

    I’m a pats fan, but I’ll admit those numbers are flawed. Actually, if you include online viewership, this years game had WAY higher viewership. The online viewership is exploding right now, especially with ability to put the online viewing on your TV / projector.

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