Live television usually creates a lot of views for different television networks. People want to tune in to see what is going on or to watch a show. The one show that created the most views was a sporting event: The Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is something that happens once a year and has die hard fans who want to see the winners of the game. This is different from other things on television because it is unscripted unlike other television shows. Some people would even go as far as to call The Super Bowl a national holiday in America because of how big it is. This blog will tell more examples of why The Super Bowl gets more live viewers than other television shows.
There are many different reasons why The Super Bowl is the highest viewed live show on television. People want to see who will win The Super Bowl after almost 5 months of Football teams playing for it. Football has some highlight reel plays that people want to witness live. Some of these plays carry a lot of value because they could be the difference between winning and losing. One more thing is that some really great athletes are making these plays. Fans find this exciting. Football is the most popular sport in America, each football team has a large group of die-hard fans and even fans who do not have a team in the game want to see how the game turns out. Lastly, sports connect to places people live, so you get more people from different regions interested in the game. People from these regions learn to love and despise certain athletes and teams. This only makes people want to watch the game more because they either want to see them win or lose. All these are reasons why so many people want to watch the The Super Bowl.
In the sports world you can also have more raw emotions than in television series. For actors it is difficult to recreate how someone feels in a situation because the actor never went through what an athlete had to go through to get to where they are. In Super Bowl 49, when Malcolm Butler made the interception that won the game, him and other players were showing real emotions: Malcolm Butler with the other Patriots players jumping and cheering and The Seahawks players in shock. In the past there have been football movies and tv shows that have showed these emotions. While this is true, to be able to watch athletes live and seeing how raw they are makes The Super Bowl even better.
In the current state of television there is less reasons to want to watch live television. With the internet providing streaming platforms, people can use it to watch shows whenever they want. HBO has a streaming service that has a very popular television show on it called Game of Thrones. Most people will probably watch it the day it comes out, but not on live television. There are other shows on other platforms, like Netflix, that people like to binge watch shows. Streaming makes it more convenient to watch television because you can watch whatever you want whenever you want. If you want to watch a certain episode of Breaking Bad on Netflix you can do that. On live television you cannot and have to either wait or watch a different episode or show. This pulls people away from live television and instead to the internet to watch shows.
The way people watch television is changing. It takes a very strong push to get people to want to watch a show on live television. Sporting events can be this push, especially The Super Bowl, because there is a large amount of hype, large fan bases and plays that people do not want to miss. This is different from normal television because it features real people working together to reach a goal. It is once a year so people plan far in advance to watch it. The want for more convenience and bigger spectacles are what is leading more people to watch television shows on the internet and sporting events on live tv.