Super Bowl LII Pulls Lowest Viewership Since 2009
So, how many people tuned in?
Despite the underdog Philadelphia Eagles beating the New England Patriots in an exciting game that was close from start to finish, the Super Bowl audience on television was the smallest it’s been since 2009.
According to The Nielsen company, an estimated 103.4 million people tuned in to watch the game, which may seem like a high number to you, but it is actually a seven percent drop from last year.
Last year’s Patriots-Falcons game reached 111.3 million viewers. The year prior, the all-time Super Bowl record and record for any television event in the United States was the 114.4 million who watched the Patriots against the Seahawks in 2015.
However, the NFL’s viewership has been down this year. Experts have been citing factors that include: increased amount of injuries, some confusing rules changes, and anger at players protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
This year, many people decided to boycott the Super Bowl game in support of former NFL player, Colin Kaepernick–while Janet Jackson fans decided to boycott the game as well in honor of #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay.