Super Bowl 53 took place Sunday, February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battled it out for the Lombardi Trophy with Tom Brady and company coming away with a victory for the sixth championship in franchise history.
Unfortunately, the game was a bit lackluster.
In fact, many people considered the game to be boring. And as it turns out, there were few people interested in the matchup leading up to the Big Game with Super Bowl 53 being the lowest rated championship game in a decade.
From Managing Editor/Digital at Sports Business Journal Austin Karp:
“CBS drew a 44.9 overnight rating for Patriots-Rams last night, which was lowest-scoring Super Bowl yet. That figure is lowest for Super Bowl since Steelers-Cards drew 42.1 in 2009. Boston market got 57.4 (best for game since 2015). L.A. market 44.6 (best SB in L.A. since 1996),” he tweeted.
A big part of the lack of ratings could be the New England Patriots fatigue, with the team winning 5 championships since 2000, while another factor could be NFL protests and a disappointment with the way referees have handled the game.
Whatever the factor, it is a bit surprising to see that the most popular sporting event in the country has taken such a big step backwards in the eyes of the public.