2021 Masters vs Super Bowl LVI: Which Event Recorded More Viewership in the United States?

Published 02/16/2022, 1:30 PM EST
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 11, 2021 Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama celebrates with the green jacket and the trophy after winning The Masters REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The most-awaited sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is the annual championship of the NFL. Millions of people from around the globe tune in to catch the action live every year. Notably, the mega-event has been regarded as one of the most-watched television programs in the history of the US.

While football has Super Bowl, golf has The Masters, one of the most popular golf tournaments in the country. However, does it get the same viewership as the SB? Let’s compare the viewership count of the SB LVI and 2021 Masters to find out the same!

Viewership count of the Super Bowl

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SB is the championship game for NFL. The game is played between the winners of the league’s American Football Conference and National Football Conference every year. The first-ever NFL-AFL championship was held in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, the game was later named Super Bowl in 1969. 

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Van Jefferson (12) can not make a reception in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple (20) in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports/ REUTERS

The LA Rams won the latest SB LVI by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals. According to its television partner, NBC, the SB LVI received a total of 112.3 million viewership count. Historically, it became the most-watched SB in the last five years. 

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Although that number might have surprised you, it is nothing compared to the 2015 Super Bowl.

The SB XLIX of 2015 averaged 114.4 million viewers on NBC. It is the highest viewership count ever gotten by a television program in America.

Viewership count of the 2021 Masters

Since the SB is the most-watched television program in America, it is not a surprise that the Masters have fewer numbers than the enthralling football clash. However, for comparison’s sake, here’s how different the numbers are.

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The legendary amateur champion, Bobby Jones, and investment banker, Clifford Roberts, founded the Masters in 1934. The duo began the tournament as an annual event for their Augusta National Golf Club; It was first named Augusta National Invitation Tournament until 1939. It is one of the four major championships in golf.

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The Masters are conducted in the first week of April every year, except for 2020. The tournament was postponed to November due to the pandemic. According to CBS, the television partner of the event in 2021, the final round averaged 9.45 million viewers. Not to forget, it was Hideki Matsuyama who won the 2021 Masters.

The viewership rate of the August Invitational is nothing compared to the SB. However, it is important to note that both sports are totally different. In terms of energy and the format alone, the games are polar opposites. Although the viewership might show a huge difference, it speaks nothing of the popularity of the games. Their fans love each sport alike.

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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