Super Bowl LVIII Sets All-Time Viewership Record, Defying Odds with Overtime Finish

CBS Sports says Super Bowl LVIII broke records as the most-watched program in television history

The Super Bowl LVIII, which aired on CBS Sunday, was the most-watched program in television history. CBS Sports made this announcement based on initial data from Nielsen Media Research and Adobe Analytics. The final Nielsen numbers are expected to be released on Tuesday.

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime, only the second Super Bowl ever to go into overtime. CBS Sports’ coverage brought in a total audience of 123.4 million average views across all platforms including the CBS Television Network, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Univision, CBS Sports and NFL digital properties, including NFL+. This record-setting viewership topped the previous record of 115.1 million viewers drawn by last year’s title game. Super Bowl LVIII was also the most streamed Super Bowl in history, CBS Sports pointed out.

In an email to Paramount employees, President and CEO Bob Bakish said that the game “is officially one for the record books” and “a monumental and historic win” for the company. The halftime performance featured iconic R&B artist Usher along with special guests Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and more. Viewers also saw pop superstar Taylor Swift again. She’s dating Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and was spotted at numerous Chiefs games this season. Swift’s attendance increased viewership and ticket sales, CBS News Philadelphia reported.

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