Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time. Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to the biggest Super Bowl comeback ever, scoring 31 straight points to win the game 34-28 in overtime. The win essentially sealed Brady and Belichick’s status as the greatest quarterback and coach the NFL has ever seen. If you don’t believe me, ask the other 111.3 million people who watched Super Bowl LI.
A total of of 172 million people tuned in at some point to watch the Atlanta Falcons choke the game away to the Patriots. Super Bowl LI now ranks as the fifth most-watched television program of all-time. The Nielsen rating was an insane 45.3, as 70% of American households tuned in. When you add in FOX Sports Deportes and streaming numbers, the average viewership bumps up to 113.7 million.
With the spectacular features of technology these days, you can make the point that the price of Super Bowl tickets are not worth it at all. When you take the Julian Edelman catch as an example, the luxury of the television angles and crystal clear images made it way more amazing than seeing it in person.
The Nielsen ratings peaked to 52.1 and a 74% share between 10-10:30 PM, the same time the end of regulation and overtime began. One interesting fact: Lady Gaga had an estimated 117.5 million people watching her during the halftime show. She is only second to Katy Perry’s show two years ago and it is also the fourth year in a row that the halftime show had a higher viewership than the average viewership of the actual game.