Why Were the Super Bowl Ratings so High This Year?

This year’s Super Bowl set the record for having the most viewers in television history.  Super Bowl XLV had 111 million viewers, topping last year’s Super Bowl and the series finale of “M-A-S-H”, which held the title for Most Watched TV show for 27 years and is now number three.  Overall, television ratings for the NFL have gone up 13% since last year.  What, then, made this Super Bowl so special?  It turns out that the Green Bay Packers played in the very first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, winning against the Kansas City Chiefs.  Hence, Super Bowl XVL pitted the Green Bay Packers, the first Super Bowl winners, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team with the most Super Bowl wins.

The very first Super Bowl winners, the Green Bay Packers, faced the winningest Super Bowl team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, which generated record-breaking television ratings.Even if you are not a sports fan, it has become a tradition for Super Bowl Sunday to be an exciting and action-packed event.  Friends and family come together during this virtual holiday with food and drinks and hang out to watch the game.  There are a number of things that attract people to watch the Super Bowl, such as their favorite team, the bets, halftime shows, the commercials, the food and the camaraderie with friends and family.  People could look forward to unexpected moments as well, such as comical mistakes, technical difficulties and wardrobe malfunctions.  For me, I enjoy the food and the commercials.  Watching the Super Bowl has become an American tradition over the years, which explains why the ratings were so high.  With that in mind, we can expect continued success and high ratings for future Super Bowls.

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Taylor P.
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