Nearly three months after the game aired, new ratings figures for Super Bowl V came in — and they marked the Fox broadcast as the most-watched single-network US telecast ever (officially, at least).
Revised numbers from Nielsen showing Kansas City Chiefs’ totals over Philadelphia Eagles in February at 114.1 million viewers across all platforms. This is approximately 2 million more viewers than the originally reported 114.1 million viewers, This is a slight improvement over 2023 Super Bowl LVI in 2021, average .3 million to NBC.
The upward revision also made Fox’s Super Bowl LXXI telecast the most-watched TV broadcast in U.S. history, ahead of Super Bowl XLIX 1235324162 .4 million viewers 2015 – note that Nielsen’s ratings for the day do not factor in outdoor Super Bowl viewing until 2018. (Out-of-home estimates for Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LII in 2015 will place those broadcasts on NBC ahead of this year’s games, but not included in Nielsen’s Official tally over the years.)
In a statement, Fox Sports said the change in viewership “is the result of a thorough Nielsen review that revealed irregularities in coding that allowed Nielsen to Measurement of TV viewing as well as out-of-home viewing. We appreciate Nielsen’s commitment to providing the most accurate viewership data possible.”