Super Bowl Ratings Crash To Lowest Level Since 1969 | 22 Words

Despite the Super Bowl being arguably the most anticipated event of the year, the ratings say otherwise.

But it seems there's a shocking reason why many think this year's game saw the biggest drop in decades...

For many, the excitement of the Super Bowl was the only thing keeping us sane...

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The biggest date in the sporting calendar rolled around on Sunday, offering us all an escape from the horrors of the last year.

We've definitely come a long way since the first game...

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The first-ever Super Bowl game kicked off on January 15, 1967, though it was originally called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game," which isn't quite as catchy, is it?

But despite the title change and influx of popstars, there seems to be something missing...

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As this year's Super Bowl ratings have plummeted.

And it seems there are some big reasons why. 

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Looks like many are saying the same thing.

Now, it's fair to say the annual championship game has become more than just a sporting spectacle...


Complete with celebrity-studded halftime shows, eye-wateringly expensive ad slots, and of course, some great football to go along with it.

The game was originally created as part of the merger agreement between the NFL and its rival, the American Football League (AFL).

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Originally, the game took place in early to mid-January, but now it takes place on the first Sunday in February due to the current NFL schedule.

Currently, The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championship titles...

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They hold a whopping 6 each.

Normally, the game dominates viewing figures.

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Frequently topping the ranks as the most-watched broadcast in the US - firmly cementing itself as America's most-watched game.

Only coming in second to the UEFA Champions League final...

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However, this year has seen views drop dramatically...

Well, by 9 percent, which is the lowest in Super Bowl history for more than fifty years!

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"CBS averaged 91.629 million TV-only viewers for the Buccaneers' blowout of the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, the game's lowest TV viewership since '06 when Steelers-Seahawks averaged 90.75 million on ABC. That figure is down from just over 100 million TV-only viewers for Chiefs-49ers last year," Sports Business Daily reported.

But that is not the worst part...

The ratings are the lowest they've been since 1969, making the fifty-fifth Super Bowl the first game to fall below the forty percent rating mark since 1990.

Despite this tragic news, there was something good to come of it...

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While the ratings might have dropped, we did see a spike in Digital numbers, by sixty-five percent this year.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand said that the numbers are "hard to spin" into a "positive story."

"It's hard to spin these Super Bowl ratings into a positive story. The numbers are down despite a highly-touted matchup of star QBs, snowstorms in the Northeast, etc.," he tweeted.

However, Ourand also recognized that this year would have had the biggest audience of stand-alone broadcasts...

But that could be put down to the pandemic.

But many have offered their own explanation as to why the ratings dropped...

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Looks like many think it's now too political. What do you think?

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