The Kansas City Chiefs’ last-second 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII, one of the highest-scoring games in Super Bowl history, delivered massive viewership numbers, as well.
According to FOX Sports, Super Bowl LVII drew an average viewership of 113 million, making Kansas City’s win the third-most watched television show of all time and the best Super Bowl audience since the New England Patriots’ historic comeback win in Super Bowl LI in 2017.
Final viewership data will be available on Tuesday.
The viewership for the Chiefs-Eagles game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, was up slightly from Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, which averaged 112.3 million viewers.
Even more viewers showed up for Rihanna’s performance in the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show, which drew an average of 118.7 million viewers across TV and digital platforms, per FOX. Rihanna’s return to the stage was the second-most watched Super Bowl halftime performance on record and the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show since Katy Perry (and Left Shark) performed in 2015 (also in Glendale).
182.6 million viewers watched all or part of Super Bowl LVII on FOX and FOX Deportes, the network said. To no one’s surprise, Kansas City and Philadelphia led all local markets in viewership with 52.0/87 and 46.3/77 ratings/shares, respectively.
Super Bowl LVII was also the most-streamed Super Bowl in history, per FOX, with 7 million streams, up 18% over last year’s game, and the most-watched Super Bowl game in Spanish-language cable TV history (951,000 viewers on FOX Deportes).
Despite Super Bowl LVII’s big numbers, they still don’t come close to Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, when a record 114.4 million viewers on average watched Malcolm Butler and the Patriots thwart the Seattle Seahawks at the goal line.
Considering the historic nature of Sunday’s clash between Kansas City and Philly — Patrick Mahomes becoming the first player this century to win MVP and a Super Bowl in the same season, and Jalen Hurts rushing for three TDs, a Super Bowl record for a QB — it was only fitting that Super Bowl LVII saw near-historic viewership.