Out of all the major TV moments in history, which one was the most watched? As it turns out, the most recent Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history. According to Nielsen Media Research, the game’s original total of 113 million viewers, first reported in February, was incorrect. Its new findings now put the total number of viewers at 115.1 million.
After the numbers were adjusted, Fox, the broadcaster of Super Bowl LVII, put out a statement. They said that Nielsen’s restated the viewership for FOX Sports’ presentation of Super Bowl LVII as 115.1 million viewers. This makes it the most-watched Super Bowl in history. “This revision is the product of a thorough review by Nielsen that revealed irregularities in the encoding that enables Nielsen’s measurement of TV viewing as well as issues with the out-of-home measurement of Super Bowl LVII.”
Recently, Nielsen Media Research shared a statement with The Athletic on the updated numbers and its efforts to be transparent in its audience measurement.
“The Super Bowl continues to be a unique media event in terms of its size and diversity in how audiences watch the game. We appreciate the support and collaboration from our partners at FOX and the NFL to correct previously unknown errors to ultimately provide a more accurate measure for this year’s total audience for the game.”
Viewers who were supposed to be credited towards Fox were given to the NFL Network instead. The error resulted in 2.1 million fewer viewers being given to Fox’s total.
In February, Nielsen said the game had been watched by 113 million, which made it the third most-watched television show of all time.
What Are The Other Most Viewed Events In Television History?
As far as other top events that were not a Super Bowl include the 1969 moon landing with an estimated 125 to 150 million viewers, 1983’s series finale of M*A*S*H with over 105.9 million viewers, and former President Richard Nixon’s resignation with over 110.0 million viewers says TVInsider.com.