Super Bowl TV ratings drop to lowest since 2006

The Super Bowl LV logo seen at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Super Bowl LV television ratings dropped nine percent compared to last season’s game, which the lowest overall rating since 2006.

Yahoo Sports reported that the number of viewers who tuned into CBS was 91.629 million, a nine percent drop from last season’s 100.45 million.

The 2006 Super Bowl XL was the Steelers vs. Seahawks, which also had a poor output.

The numbers are surprising after the Super Bowl was so highly anticipated, especially with the quarterback matchup between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

However, online viewership averaged 5.7 million viewers per minute, the most live-streamed NFL game ever and up nearly two-thirds from last year’s Super Bowl.

This year’s game and Super Bowl LIII (Patriots vs. Rams) were the only games since 2009 not to break nine-figure TV viewership marks.

The NFL is still the nation’s broadcast leader, but upwards numbers will likely not be seen with the news of Super Bowl LV’s outcome.

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