Top 10 most watched TV shows in history: Why does Super Bowl make the list?

Super Bowl XLIX - New England Patriots v Seattle Seahawks
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX

Watching TV shows is an amazing way to unwind after a stressful day or work week. Millions of people tune into their favorite shows daily, quickly becoming a tradition for some households.

Here, we will look at the most-watched TV shows in history. Some shows have been viewed by tens and even hundreds of millions of people. So without further ado, let's get to watching and counting.


The Top Ten Most watched TV shows in History

1. Super Bowl XLIX, 114,442,000 viewers on February 1, 2015

2. Super Bowl XLVIII, 112,191,000 on February 2, 2014

3. Super Bowl 50, 111,864,000 on February 7, 2016

4. Super Bowl XLVI, 111,346,000 on February 5, 2012

5. Super Bowl LI, 111,319,000 on February 5, 2017

6. Super Bowl XLV, 111,041,000 on February 6, 2011

7. Super Bowl XLVII, 108,693,000 on February 3, 2013

8. Super Bowl XLIV, 106,476,000 on February 7, 2010

9. M*A*S*H, 105,970,000 on February 28, 1983

10. Super Bowl LII, 103,471,000 on February 4, 2018


What was the most watched show in TV History?

The most-watched show in television history is Super Bowl XLIX, played between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The game was keenly contested between two of the best teams in that year's NFL.

It saw Pro Bowl QBs, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks lock horns in a fiery contest.

The game was close, and it all came down to a historic interception in the fourth quarter. According to numbers released by the ratings agency Nielsen, 114.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the game.

This game has held the record for the most-watched show in television history for under a decade; who knows how long it will remain?


Facts to know for the 2023 Super Bowl

Here are some key facts to note in Sunday's Super Bowl game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Venue and Time of Super Bowl LVII

Super Bowl LVII will occur at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and supporters are to be seated at least an hour before the game.

Where can I watch the Super Bowl, and on what channel?

The game will be live on FOX and the FOX Sports App, with a 6:30 TV kickoff time. Over 100 million people worldwide are expected to tune in to the broadcast.

Can I stream Super Bowl LVII?

Yes, you can. You can stream this Sunday's Super Bowl game via the FOX Sports App.

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Edited by Tejas Rathi