The television audience for Super Bowl LII averaged 98.19 million viewers on Sunday, February 3rd. That means “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” remains the ninth most-watched TV program in United States history. The big game fell below 100 million viewers for the first time since 2009. Even with streaming and Spanish-language viewers on ESPN Deportes included, the audience grows to just 100.7 million viewers. “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” averaged 105.9 million viewers back in 1983.
|1.||Super Bowl XLIX||2015||114,442,000|
|2.||Super Bowl XLVIII||2014||112,191,000|
|3.||Super Bowl 50||2016||111,864,000|
|4.||Super Bowl XLVI||2012||111,346,000|
|5.||Super Bowl LI||2017||111,317,000|
|6.||Super Bowl XLV||2011||111,010,000|
|7.||Super Bowl XLVII||2013||108,693,000|
|8.||Super Bowl XLIV||2010||106,476,000|
|9.||“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”||1983||105,970,000|
|10.||Super Bowl LII||2018||103,391,000|
Last year, Super Bowl LII averaged 103.3 million viewers, considerably better than Super Bowl LIII, but still not enough to beat “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen.”
It may seem petty but I’m happy “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” remains one of the ten most-watched TV programs of all time in the United States, at least for now. It’s possible future Super Bowls will eventually push it out of the Top 10. We’ll have to wait and see.
I’ve revised my Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Ratings Analysis with information about Super Bowl LI.