While being in a global pandemic, Super Bowl LV was a bit off this year. Although there were some fans able to attend Super Bowl LV at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the stadium was not even close to reaching capacity. Due to COVID19 guidelines, the stadium only had 22,000 fans in attendance and 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers that the NFL invited. The stadium can hold up to over 65,000 people, so only a little over 1/3 of the stadium was full on Sunday nights matchup.
Not only was Super Bowl LV unlike many others this year, because of the stadium capacity limit, the ratings weren’t the highest either. According to CBS, Super Bowl LV averaged 96.4 million viewers this year across TV and streaming. That number was significantly down from last years Super Bowl, averaging at 102 million viewers across Fox and streaming.
Averaging 91.6 million on CBS alone, this year’s Sunday night game was indeed a blowout, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. It’s not a total surprise that this years ratings were down, the game wasn’t very competitive at all.
According to some avid Super Bowl viewers, the commercials weren’t the best either, with major sponsors like Budweiser, Coco Cola, and Pepsi. Pepsi did however, sponsor the halftime show performed by the Weeknd.