5 Most Viewed Television Events


Americans love and appreciate television every single day. As time has progressed, many of them have become even more immersed in what they view, but because of the broader spectrum of show categories, viewing is quite dispersed. Within the 21st century there have only been a select few that have managed to make the list of Nielsen’s top rated shows. Surprisingly, none of them happen to be on the upper half of our list below. The Nielsen system makes use of trademarked shows to determine the percentage of households that are viewing a show within America. So although there are more viewers watching television now than before, the percentages are smaller when it comes to the same shows that are being viewed.

1. Super Bowl XVII


When it comes to Super Bowls especially, to quote John Madden, “The best way to gain more yards is advance the ball down the field from the line of scrimmage.” But be that as it may, it is way too simple to state that than to make it so when you happen to be on 4th and 1 when it’s so deep in the game and you are losing by 4 points at the Super Bowl championship. But during 1983 at Super Bowl XVII this position is exactly where John Riggins and his Washington Redskins had found themselves in when battling the Miami Dolphins. As you may recall, the running back for Washington got his hands on the ball and managed to break through the line and took the ball for 57 yards to put his team ahead. After that game finished, Riggins was awarded the MVP and completed the game having made more yards than the entire Miami team. Nielsen rating gave it a 48.6.


Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers