Super Bowl 2024 drew record audience

The numbers were confirmed after preliminary Nielsen ratings were released by CBS

By Web Desk
February 13, 2024
Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LVIII. - Reuters

In an historic achievement, roughly 123.4 million people tuned in to see the Kansas City Chiefs overpower the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl on TV and streaming platforms, making it the most-watched Super Bowl ever.

The numbers were confirmed after preliminary Nielsen ratings were released by CBS on Monday.

The audience for the National Football League championship increased from last year when the game roped in a record 115.1 million viewers, according to CBS.

The figure includes people who watched the contest on the CBS PARA.O or Nickelodeon channels, via streaming services such as Paramount+ and NFL+. It does not include viewers who watched in places such as bars and restaurants.

CBS said final Nielsen data will be available Tuesday.

It must be noted that Patrick Mahomes rallied the Kansas City Chiefs to a thrilling 25-22 overtime triumph over the San Francisco 49ers, cementing their dynasty with a second straight Super Bowl and their third in five seasons.

In a perfectly scripted finale before a celebrity-studded Las Vegas crowd including pop icon Taylor Swift, Mahomes hit Mecole Hardman in the end zone with just three seconds of overtime remaining to seal a dramatic win in what was the longest Super Bowl in history.

The win makes Kansas City the first team to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies in two decades, cementing the franchise's right to be regarded as the NFL's latest dynasty.

"It means a ton," Mahomes said. "With the adversity we dealt with this year and to come through, the guys never faltered."

Mahomes, meanwhile, warned the Chiefs' rivals that their latest win was just the start of their dynasty.

"We're not done," he said. "We've got a young team. We're going to keep this thing going."