Super Bowl XLII: Here’s a look at stats, facts and love of football

With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day this week, we look at the love of the game and love in general.

To see the Chiefs and Eagles NFL statistics scroll down.

Host with the most

Arizona is hosting the Super Bowl for the fourth time, three of them coming after 2008. But the Super Bowl has given the most love to Miami. It has hosted 11 times and New Orleans has hosted 10.

Love watching

Of the 32 most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history, 30 are Super Bowls.

The total viewership of the 2021 game declined nearly 10 million viewers from the previous year. The amount of people streaming the game has increased from 3.4 million in 2020 to 5.7 million in 2021.

Super Bowl XLI was watched by 99.18 million viewers in the U.S. The most-watched Super Bowl in history is Super Bowl XLIX, Patriots-Seahawks in 2015.

Ratings dominance

How much do people love watching football on TV? In 2022, Variety’s annual list of the year’s 100 most-watched prime-time telecasts found 8 of the Top 10 prime-time shows were NFL games and 22 of the Top 25 shows were NFL games. The NBA Finals Game 6 was the next highest sport to get ratings. It was ranked 28th.

Loving those ads

Fox reportedly set its asking price for Super Bowl ads at $7 million for a 30-second window during the game. It marks a steep increase from the cost of running a commercial in previous years. $7 million for 30 seconds is about $233,333 per second.Super Bowl ad costs by year:

2023: $7 million

2022: $6.5 million

2021: $5.6 million

2020: $5.6 million

2019: $5.2 million

Who loves football?

Colormatics, an advertising company, compiled the following demographics of football fans:

Male 59%

Female 41%

Ages 18-49 years old: 70%

College educated: 68%

Household income over $75,000/year: 54%

Football fans are older than any other sports fanbase. More than half (55%) of all NFL fans are over the age of 35.

Football fans have the highest income of all sports fan demographics, with over 70% earning more than $75,000 annually.


Major wagers

The Super Bowl is considered the largest day for sports betting of the year.

In 2018, the Supreme Court removed the federal ban on sports betting, allowing states to legalize it if they choose. Now 36 states offer some form of legal U.S. sports betting either in person or online. Arizona has joined that group and live betting was launched in September 2021.

According to Sportsbook Review, Americans went from wagering $44 billion in 2021 to $74 billion in 2022, a 70% increase.

Until 2018, the NFL worked hard to distance itself from betting. But the league has done a complete about-face with the big money involved.

Love and facts

In past years the claim had been made that more women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day.

According to fact checkers at, this claim is false.

The following details are from Snopes: The claim that Super Bowl Sunday is “the biggest day of the year for violence against women” is a case study of how easily an idea congruous with what people want to believe can be implanted in the public consciousness and anointed as “fact” even when there is little or no supporting evidence behind it. Christina Hoff Sommers charted a timeline of how the apocryphal statistic about domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday was widely (if erroneously) publicized over the course of a few days leading up to the Super Bowl in January 1993 held in Pasadena.

Sources: NFL, The Associated Press, StatSocial, GlobalWebIndex NFL audience report, Forbes, CBS, Team Marketing Report’s NFL Fan Cost Index, National Retail Federation

Duel in the desert

The Kansas City Chiefs are in their third Super Bowl in four seasons and face the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams were No. 1 seeds in the playoffs.

Game snapshot

The Eagles are 1.5-point favorites against the AFC’s Chiefs. Both teams bring high powered passing games. The biggest difference may be the two teams’ ability to protect their quarterbacks. Both quarterbacks are mobile and evasive to the pass rush, but the Eagles led the league in sacks this season with 70. The Eagles were second-to-last in sacks last season.

The quarterbacks

Patrick Mahomes: Mahomes led the NFL in passing yards and had a 67.1 completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 105.2. Mahomes threw for 41 touchdowns and had 11 interceptions. Mahomes had four rushing TDs, and 358 yards carrying the ball. He is dealing with an ankle injury.

Jalen Hurts: Hurts had 3,701 regular-season passing yards and a 66.5 completions percentage. His quarterback rating was 101.6 and he threw 22 touchdowns with six interceptions. Hurts rushed for 13 touchdowns and 760 yards .

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