Super Bowl Draws Average Audience of 106M Viewers

Super Bowl Draws Average Audience of 106M Viewers

Super Bowl Draws Average Audience of 106M Viewers

The Philadelphia Eagles should be proud that they beat the New England Patriots to win Super BowlLII (and the Tom Brady slander is glorious).

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The number is slightly down from the 48.4 overnight rating from last year's Super Bowl, but it still ranks ninth among all Super Bowls.

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Super Bowl LII drew an average of 106 million viewers on NBC and digital outlets, a small decline from 111.3 million viewers a year ago, when the game on Fox went into overtime.

It's also worth noting that the way traditional viewership is measured has changed, with more fans opting to stream games on their mobile devices and computers. Either way, it's a steep drop from last year's linear haul. That was down 3 percent from comparable numbers for the 2017 game. That's a live rating decline this year of a little more than 1 percentage point from a game that went into overtime.

Nationally, the overnight rating in the top 56 markets was 47.1, down 6 percent from the 49.9 for the 2017 Super Bowl.

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Many people chose not to watch the National Football League all season due to the blatant blackballing of Colin Kaepernick. The sophomore run of This Is Us was averaging around 10.2 million live viewers per week before the Super Bowl.

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Don't be fooled, it was never about disrespecting the flag.

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