Viewership in the United States for Super Bowl LII was the lowest for the event since 2009, ESPN reported Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots drew an average of 103.4 million U.S. viewers, a noticeable drop from Super Bowl LI, when an average of 111.3 Americans watched the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons. The drop in Super Bowl viewership fits with the general trend regarding the NFL’s television ratings. A number of factors likely played into the ratings dip, be it the protests during the national anthem, significant injuries to stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt and the overall awareness regarding the long-term effects of playing football.
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