Super Bowl LVI ratings soar to historic levels after decline in 2021

After a decline in 2021, NFL fans came out in droves to watch Super Bowl LVI. The program resulted in 112.3 million viewers in 2022, according to NBC Sports.

The game — which featured the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals — was one of the most-watched shows of the last five years.

That 112.3 million number combines two figures. The game managed 101.1 million viewers on television and 11.2 million viewers via streaming. That 112.3 million figure made Super Bowl LVI the most-watched show in five years, per NBC Sports. Super Bowl LI hit 113.7 million viewers in 2017.

Virtually every area of the ratings rose compared to last season. Television viewership averaged 99.2 million viewers, up from 95.2 million in 2021. The halftime show was even more popular, averaging 103.4 million viewers. That figure was up 7 percent compared to 2021, when The Weeknd performed.

The 11.2 million viewers who streamed the game set a record. The Super Bowl was streamed on a variety of platforms, including Peacock and Yahoo Sports.

Lions fans came out to support Matthew Stafford

NBC Sports also released the top metered markets for Super Bowl LVI. Cincinnati led the way with a 46.1/84 rating. Surprisingly, Detroit was second on the list with a 45.9/79 rating. Detroit Lions fans either tuned in to watch former quarterback Matthew Stafford, or just because they felt left out. The Lions are one of four NFL teams to never play in a Super Bowl.

Los Angeles did not rank in the top 10 among metered markets. It turned in a 36.7/77 rating for the game.

Lions fans who tuned in for Stafford weren't disappoint. Stafford led the Rams on a 79-yard drive to give the team a narrow lead at the end of the game. That drive proved to be the difference, as the Rams won the contest 23-20.

Super Bowl LVI fans.
NFL fans came out in droves to watch the Super Bowl. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)