Patriots: Boston Super Bowl ratings were ridiculous for Tom Brady’s 7th ring
By Jerry Trotta
While some Patriots fans refused to admit whether or not they were rooting for Tom Brady to win his seventh championship in his first year away from his former organization, one thing they can’t deny is that they were intrigued by the narrative.
How could you not be? The consensus greatest NFL player of all time, who many pundits believe was a product of the Patriots’ system, going up against an absolute wrecking ball of a team in the Chiefs that just so happens to deploy a quarterback in Patrick Mahomes who is seemingly poised to challenge his GOAT status? Football cans couldn’t have dreamed of a better matchup.
Even if you didn’t have a dog in the fight, you couldn’t help but watch the game, so we can only imagine what the ratings were in the New England area.
Well, speaking strictly in terms of Boston, the 57.6 rating exceeded the tally of all but one (!) of the Patriots’ nine Super Bowl appearances over the last two decades.
As astronomically high as that rating is, it really shouldn’t be surprising that was the turnout given the historical magnitude of the game — as well as the lack of alternatives this year.
After all, a Kansas City win would’ve given Mahomes an unfathomable two titles in his first three years as the starter, putting him (barring a catastrophic injury) in position to be able to challenge Brady’s legacy as the greatest to ever do it.
Now, however, Brady holds a 7-1 edge in the championship department with a head-to-head advantage in the big game if Mahomes were to ever notch six more rings.
Back to the rating narrative, we’ve stumbled across another nugget that is not only guaranteed to blow your mind, but proves that Massachusetts will always be home to Brady. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, the city of Tampa generated a 52.3 rating — a far cry from Boston’s whopping 57.6 number.
It’s worth noting that these numbers do come with a bit of a COVID-19 caveat, seeing as without parties or multi-household gatherings, the monster number in Boston only grew larger.
However, the fact that it drew a higher rating than the Patriots’ thrilling win over the Seahawks back in 2015 (and lapped Tampa’s numbers) proves that New England will always be at least watching Brady — and in most cases, rooting for him — whenever the franchise legend is competing with another championship on the line.