February 9, 2021
Super Bowl LV was a hit on streaming video, with a record 5.7 million viewers per minute, up 69% from 3.4 million in Super Bowl LIV.
When combining all platforms, including CBS All Access, streaming on Verizon, NFL Digital Properties and ESPN Deportes TV and digital properties, the game drew 96.4 million multiplatform viewers, the lowest since 2007.
CBS used the game as a promotional boost for new detective series “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah. The series generated 20.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched non-sports TV show of the year. That was still down 14% from the 23.7 million who watched “The Masked Singer” last year on Fox.
But on regular TV, it was a different story. The NFL had its marquee player Tom Brady competing for a record seventh Super Bowl win. But, despite the hype and Brady guiding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, the telecast was a bust for those keeping ratings score.
About 90.5 million people watched the game on CBS — the lowest broadcast rating since 2005. Last year’s Super Bowl LIV on Fox Sports generated 100 million network viewers. Despite the drop-off, the Super Bowl remains the most-watched television show of the year.