Seven out of the last eight Super Bowls have set viewership records (Super Bowl TV ratings 1967-2015)

 

Only one more Sunday of NFL left, will it be the biggest Sunday ever in terms of viewership? That can’t be ruled out since going back to 2008 when the Giants ended the Patriots’ run at a perfect season, seven of the last eight Super Bowls have set viewership records.

While for most events the teams involved and closeness of game typically matter a lot, it seems the Super Bowl is immune to that. Last year’s close-until-the-very-end game set a viewership record, but a 43-8 blowout the year earlier also set a viewership record.

Of course, this marks the 20th anniversary of  the last time “America’s Team,” to the chagrin of Dallas Cowboys’ fans and TV network executives, were in a Super Bowl. Cowboys-Steelers in 1996 set a viewership record that year with just over 94 million viewers — a record that stood for more than a decade until Giants-Patriots in 2008.

Super Bowl TV ratings 1967-2015:

Super BowlDateNetworkHousehold ratingAvg. no. of homes (000s)Avg. no. of persons 2+ (000s)Teams (winners in capitals)
XLIX1-Feb-15NBC47.5114,442NEW ENGLAND vs. Seattle
XLVIIIFeb. 2, 2014FOX46.754,079112,191SEATTLE vs. Denver
XLVIIFeb. 3, 2013CBS46.352,881108,414BALTIMORE vs. San Francisco
XLVIFeb. 5, 2012NBC47.153,910111,346NEW YORK GIANTS vs. New England
XLVFeb. 6 2011FOX4653,282111,041GREEN BAY vs. Pittsburgh.
XLIVFeb. 7 2010CBS4551,728106,476NEW ORLEANS vs. Indianapolis
XLIIIFeb. 1 2009NBC4248,13998,732Arizona vs. PITTSBURGH
XLIIFeb. 3 2008FOX43.148,66597,448NEW YORK GIANTS vs. New England
XLIFeb. 4 2007CBS42.647,50593,184Chicago vs. INDIANAOPOLIS
XLFeb. 5 2006ABC41.645,86790,745Seattle vs. PITTSBURGH
XXXIXFeb. 6 2005FOX41.145,08186,072Philadelphia vs. NEW ENGLAND
XXXVIIIFeb. 1 2004CBS41.444,90889,795Carolina vs. NEW ENGLAND
XXXVIIJan. 26 2003ABC40.743,43388,637TAMPA BAY vs. Oakland
XXXVIFeb. 3 2002FOX40.442,66486,801St. Louis vs. NEW ENGLAND
XXXVJan. 28 2001CBS40.441,27084,335NY Giants vs. BALTIMORE
XXXIVJan. 30 2000ABC43.343,61888,465ST. LOUIS vs. Tennessee
XXXIIIJan. 31 1999FOX40.239,99283,720Atlanta vs. DENVER
XXXIIJan. 25 1998NBC44.543,63090,000GREEN BAY vs. Denver
XXXIJan. 26 1997FOX43.342,00087,870GREEN BAY vs. New England
XXXJan. 28 1996NBC4644,14594,080DALLAS vs. Pittsburgh
XXIXJan. 29 1995ABC41.339,40083,420SAN FRANCISCO vs. San Diego
XXVIIIJan. 30 1994NBC45.542,86090,000DALLAS vs. Buffalo
XXVIIJan. 31 1993NBC45.141,99090,990DALLAS vs. Buffalo
XXVIJan. 26 1992CBS40.337,12079,590WASHINGTON vs. Buffalo
XXVJan. 27 1991ABC41.939,01079,510NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Buffalo
XXIVJan. 28 1990CBS3935,92073,852SAN FRANCISCO vs. Denver
XXIIIJan. 22 1989NBC43.539,32081,590SAN FRANCISCO vs. Cincinnati
XXIIJan. 31 1988ABC41.937,12080,140WASHINGTON vs. Denver
XXIJan. 25 1987CBS45.840,03087,190NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Denver
XXJan. 26 1986NBC48.341,49092,570CHICAGO vs. New England
XIXJan. 20 1985ABC46.439,39085,530SAN FRANCISCO vs. Miami
XVIIIJan. 22 1984CBS46.438,88077,620Washington vs. LA RAIDERS
XVIIJan. 30 1983NBC48.640,48081,770WASHINGTON vs. Miami
XVIJan. 24 1982CBS49.140,02085,240SAN FRANCISCO vs. Cincinnati
XVJan. 25 1981NBC44.434,54068,290Philadelphia vs. OAKLAND
XIVJan. 20 1980CBS46.335,33076,240LA Rams vs. PITTSBURGH
XIIIJan. 21 1979NBC47.135,09074,740Dallas vs. PITTSBURGH
XIIJan. 15 1978CBS47.234,41078,940DALLAS vs. Denver
XIJan. 09 1977NBC44.431,61062,050Minnesota vs. OAKLAND
XJan. 18 1976CBS42.329,44057,710Dallas vs. PITTSBURGH
IXJan. 12 1975NBC42.429,04056,050Minnesota vs. PITTSBURGH
VIIIJan. 13 1974CBS41.627,54051,700Minnesota vs. MIAMI
VIIJan. 14 1973NBC42.727,67053,320Washington vs. MIAMI
VIJan. 16 1972CBS44.227,45056,640DALLAS vs. Miami
VJan. 17 1971NBC39.923,98046,040Dallas vs. BALTIMORE
IVJan. 11 1970CBS39.423,05044,270Minnesota vs. KANSAS CITY
IIIJan. 12 1969NBC3620,52041,660Baltimore vs. NY JETS
IIJan. 14 1968CBS36.820,61039,120GREEN BAY vs. Oakland
IJan. 15 1967CBS22.612,41026,750GREEN BAY vs. Kansas City
IJan. 15 1967NBC18.510,16024,430GREEN BAY vs. Kansas City

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