The Super Bowl is the most watched television event of the year, with over 100 million viewers in 2013. NFL fans are known to throw big parties around the big game, with fans wearing jerseys and hats with their favorite team logos. It’s also the largest day of the year for snacks, with over a billion chicken wings and 120 million pounds of avocados sold! If you’re in the mood for some football, consider hosting your own Super Bowl party!
In the UK, the Euro 2020 final has become the third-most-watched TV event ever. In the UK, the game was watched by over 17 million people, and it was the most-watched event in the last twenty years. The match aired on BBC One and ITV, and it’s estimated that four million people tuned in online to watch it. It’s hard to believe, but the Euros isn’t the biggest event on TV, but it still topped the list in terms of viewers.
The Olympics, which occur every four years, draw massive television audiences. The opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, has the world record for the most viewers. Over two billion people watched the ceremony, while around five billion tuned in for parts of the show. The Olympics have also become a showcase for new technologies. Samsung and Visa are showcasing their latest products and technology at the games. It’s worth watching the Olympic opening ceremony in full, or at least watching portions of it!
Other than breaking news and sports, television events also garner millions of viewers. In 1969, when Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the surface of the moon, 530 million people tuned in to see his historic accomplishment. Televisions were not so common back then, and many households didn’t have access to one. Nonetheless, the moonwalk was still so impressive that it attracted a huge audience, and even a few years later, there’s a re-run of the show.
Another event that became a world phenomenon is the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Despite the fact that the wedding took place on a weekend, the event garnered more viewers than any other event – including the Oscars and Grammy Awards. That’s the reason why it was so popular. Moreover, the wedding also had the added benefit of being live on weekends, making it more convenient for people who are not able to watch the event during weekdays.
Despite the popularity of other events, the Super Bowl continues to be the most popular TV event in the United States. Variety Intelligence Platform reports that the game will draw 97-100 million viewers, which is higher than the Super Bowl viewerships in last year’s game and the two years following. The lopsided victory didn’t help either, but that didn’t mean the Super Bowl was no less popular.