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The 25 Most-Watched Super Bowls of All Time

  • The current record belongs to Super Bowl LVIII in 2024.
  • Between 2010 and ’18, the Super Bowl consistently garnered more than 100 million viewers.
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The NFL is the most highly viewed sport in the U.S.—and the Super Bowl, often the most popular event on television, is its crown jewel.

The 2024 edition between the Chiefs and the 49ers was no exception, as it became the most-watched Super Bowl ever. The Chiefs’s third Super Bowl win in five seasons had more than 123.7 million total average viewers and beat the record set the previous year in Super Bowl LVII between the Chiefs and the Eagles, which had more than 115 million total average viewers.

Holding the third spot is 2015 Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, with 114.8 million total average viewers.

Taking the fourth spot is the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seahawks and Broncos, which attracted more than 112.7 million total average viewers. Capping off the top five is the ’16 Super Bowl 50 between the Broncos and Panthers. The game commanded more than 112.3 million total average viewers.

Super Bowl XLIV between the Colts and the Saints became the first game to cross the 100 million viewer bar in 2010. The Saints’ 31–17 upset the Colts to earn the franchise’s first Super Bowl title for the historically downtrodden organization.

Here is the list of average viewers’ top 25 most-watched Super Bowls. The list was compiled in February 2024 using data from Nielsen.

RankSuper BowlTeamsNetwork(s)Total Average Viewers P2+ (Persons age 2 or more)Date
1LVIIIKansas City vs. San FranciscoCBS, Univision, Nickelodeon, Nick-at-Nite123,714,000Feb. 11, 2024
2LVIIKansas City vs. PhiladelphiaFox, Fox Deportes115,096,000Feb. 12, 2023
3XLIXNew England vs. SeattleNBC, Universal114,810,000Feb. 1, 2015
4XLVIIISeattle vs. DenverFox, Fox Deportes112,752,000Feb. 2, 2014
5SB 50Denver vs. CarolinaCBS, ESPN Deportes112,336,000Feb. 7, 2016
6LINew England vs. AtlantaFox, Fox Deportes111,973,000Feb. 5, 2017
7XLVINew York Giants vs. New EnglandNBC111,346,000Feb. 5, 2012
8XLVGreen Bay vs. PittsburghFox111,041,000Feb. 6, 2011
9XLVIIBaltimore vs. San FranciscoCBS108,693,000Feb. 3, 2013
10XLIVNew Orleans vs. IndianapolisCBS106,476,000Feb. 7, 2010
11LIIPhiladelphia vs. New EnglandNBC, Universal104,016,000Feb. 4, 2018
12LIVKansas City vs. San FranciscoFox, Fox Deportes102,086,000Feb. 2, 2020
13LVILos Angeles Rams vs. CincinnatiNBC, Telemundo101,470,000Feb. 13, 2022
14LIIINew England vs. Los Angeles RamsCBS, ESPN Deportes98,950,000Feb. 3, 2019
15XLIIIPittsburgh vs. ArizonaNBC98,732,000Feb. 1, 2009
16XLIINew York Giants vs. New EnglandFox97,448,000Feb. 3, 2008
17LVTampa Bay vs. Kansas CityCBS, ESPN Deportes95,877,000Feb. 7, 2021
18XXXDallas vs. PittsburghNBC94,080,000Jan. 28, 1996
19XLIIndianapolis vs. ChicagoCBS93,184,000Feb. 4, 2007
20XXChicago vs. New EnglandNBC92,570,000Jan. 26, 1986
21XXVIIDallas vs. BuffaloNBC90,990,000Jan. 31, 1993
22XLPittsburgh vs. SeattleABC90,745,000Feb. 5, 2006
23 (tie)XXXIIDenver vs. Green BayNBC90,000,000Jan. 25, 1998
23 (tie)XXVIIIDallas vs. BuffaloNBC90,000,000Jan. 30, 1994
25XXXVIIINew England vs. CarolinaCBS89,795,000Feb. 1, 2004
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