Last year, 111.3 million people watched the Super Bowl, according to the Washington Post.
Although it was the most watched TV broadcast ever, as a lifelong sports fan, I wondered what everyone else could possibly be doing on Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve watched the Super Bowl each year for as long as I can remember.
I’m sure there are many Americans who don’t watch TV by choice or because they simply can’t afford to do so.
Then, there are plenty of others who have to work or choose to watch something else. Maybe they don’t like football or they’re mad because their team didn’t make the big game.
I’ve always thought the Super Bowl had a little something for everyone. There are the commercials – which are quite entertaining in some cases. Then there’s the halftime show; it’s usually fun to watch, even if the performers are disappointing. And, of course, there’s the game itself. Sometimes it’s good; sometimes the Colts play the Bears.
For many Americans, the combination of those elements apparently just doesn’t cut it. Let’s see what else is on TV.
The news will be on TV on a variety of channels. For those who would rather watch dead people chase after living people, “The Walking Dead” will air on AMC.
BBC has mailed it in, choosing to air “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” If Jean-Luc Picard isn’t your man, Discovery is going with “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”
“To Catch a Predator,” which is hard to watch but even harder to turn off, will be on MSNBC. As is tradition, the Puppy Bowl will air on Animal Planet.
There are plenty of other options out there, but they go downhill fast in my opinion.
For those of us who watch the game every year, why stop now? It might not live up to the hype, but it has to be better than “Roseanne” reruns on TV Land.