Super Bowl 56, between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, was watched on television by more people than Super Bowl 55 nationwide, Detroit had the second-highest TV viewership of the 44 metered markets tracked by Neilsen.
The rating for the metro was 45.9/79, according to a news release from NBC, which broadcast the game. The first number denotes the average percentage of households in the U.S. with a television set watching the game at any given minute during its broadcast; the second reflects the average percentage of households in the U.S. with a TV in use that were watching the game at any given minute.
Ohio cities dotted the top 10 with Cincinnati leading all markets, Columbus (an hour north of where Bengals QB Joe Burrow attended high school) coming in at No. 4 and Cleveland coming in at No. 6.
Detroit outranked Cleveland and Columbus, as well as Los Angeles — which is not only where the Rams call home, but it was the host city. LA registered a robust 77% share but its 36.7 rating was well below others.
- Cincinnati 46.1/84
- Detroit 45.9/79
- Pittsburgh 45.6/74
- Columbus 45.4/80
- Kansas City 44.6/76
- Milwaukee 44.0/75
- Cleveland 44.0/78
- Boston 42.6/74
- Philadelphia 42.3/71
- Jacksonville 41.3/73
Super Bowl TV viewership is slightly down overall from the highs of last decade, when, starting in 2010, the game averaged over 100 million viewers. Those numbers rose past 110 million until 2018 when TV viewership declined to 103 million, a number it hasn’t reached since.
In 2021, the game, between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, averaged 95 million viewers, the lowest figure in more than 10 years. The Bengals-Rams topped 99 million.
NBC reported that, combined, NBC, Telemundo, Peacock, NBC Sports Digital, NFL Digital platforms and Yahoo Sports mobile properties averaged a total audience delivery of 112.3 million. Telemundo on Sunday became the first Spanish-language network to broadcast the Super Bowl.
While Super Bowl 56’s TV rating nationwide was near historic lows (36.9), the share for Sunday’s game was 72% was the best in six years.