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Most watched sporting events in the U.S.

  • #9. Winter Olympics Night 2

    Viewers: 26.0 million

    Red Gerard secured the first medal of the Olympic Games for the United States, winning a dramatic gold medal on his final run after sitting in last place through his first two. Chris Mazdzer made history on night two on the luge track, becoming the first American ever to medal in the men's singles, taking silver.

  • #8. Georgia-Oklahoma Rose Bowl

    Viewers: 26.9 million

    Nearly 27 million people tuned in to watch the New Year's Day shootout, with Georgia prevailing 54-48 in double overtime. Sony Michel ran for 181 yards and three scores, including a game-winning 27-yard scamper, and also caught a touchdown from quarterback Jake Fromm. Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner and top overall pick in the NFL Draft three months later, threw for 287 yards and two scores for the Sooners.

  • #7. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

    Viewers: 27.8 million

    The Feb. 9, 2018, lighting of the Olympic cauldron and Parade of Nations was the most watched evening of the Olympics, with nearly 28 million tuning in. Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium cost over $100 million to construct and was only used in the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Paralympic Games, before being torn down. 92 countries and nearly 3,000 athletes walked, including a delegation from North Korea.

  • #6. Alabama-Georgia National Championship

    Viewers: 28.4 million

    Alabama was trailing 13-0 at halftime and had just 21 yards passing from starting quarterback Jalen Hurts when head coach Nick Saban made a change. Tua Tagovailoa would enter and lead the Crimson Tide to a 26-23 overtime victory in a National Championship Game for the ages. Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yard strike to DeVonta Smith to win the game in overtime. It was Saban's sixth national title to tie another Alabama legend, Bear Bryant.

  • #5. Jaguars-Steelers AFC Divisional

    Viewers: 31.5 million

    Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three scores as Jacksonville traveled to Pittsburgh and shocked the Steelers, 45-42. The Jaguars took a commanding 21-0 lead early, and kept answering every time the Steelers would close the gap. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and a franchise playoff-record five touchdowns, including one with only a single second on the clock.

  • #4. Saints-Vikings NFC Divisional

    Viewers: 35.7 million

    The Saints had fought back from down 17 points with just over 16 minutes remaining to take a 24-23 lead on a Will Lutz field goal with 25 seconds to play. Then the Minneapolis Miracle happened, as Stefon Diggs caught a last ditch pass from Case Keenum and escaped cornerback Marcus WIlliams for a 61-yard touchdown. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns.

  • #3. Vikings-Eagles NFC Championship

    Viewers: 42.3 million

    Philadelphia fell behind Minnesota 7-0 in the first four minutes of the game before scoring 38 unanswered points. The Eagles' Patrick Robinson returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown to get Philadelphia rolling. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles continued his stellar play in relief of starter Carson Wentz, throwing for 352 yards and three scores.

  • #2. Jaguars-Patriots AFC Championship

    Viewers: 44.1 million

    Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Danny Amendola in the final nine minutes to help the Patriots erase a 10-point deficit, and beat the Jaguars, 24-20. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles played well, passing for 293 yards and a score, and running back Leonard Fournette accounted for the other Jags touchdown on a 4-yard rush. The Patriots earned their eighth trip to the Super Bowl under the combination of Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.

  • #1. Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl 52

    Viewers: 103.4 million

    Nick Foles outdueled Tom Brady—not throwing, but catching the ball—to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Foles caught a one-yard touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half in a copycat of a failed Patriots play earlier in the game, giving his team a 10-point lead. Brady, who threw for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards, found Rob Gronkowski in the end zone to put the Patriots ahead in the fourth quarter, before Foles responded with TD toss of his own and the Eagles first Lombardi Trophy.