The Super Bowl regularly attracts the largest television audience of the year in the United States, around 70% of those viewing at the time. The average audience of 111.86 million was slightly smaller last year than the previous year, which averaged a record 114.40 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. Ratings for regular NFL games have been falling. So have we passed peak television viewing? The numbers are still extraordinary. A record 167 million Americans watched at least six minutes of the coverage last year. That’s over half the country. Many people may have watched online, but the numbers are still relatively small compared to those gathered around the largest screen in the home. The Super Bowl is as much a national event as a game.