Rihanna’s Super Bowl Performance Officially Ranked as the Most-Watched of All Time

Rihanna performing at the Super Bowl LVII Half Time Show in February 2023
Rihanna performing at the Super Bowl LVII Half Time Show in February 2023. Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Fox Sports/Shutterstock (13765383cz)

Rihanna created a lot of buzz with her performance at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, and it turns out she set a major record along the way. According to a recent Nielsen report, Rihanna’s halftime show was the most-watch performance at this event of all time.

Nielsen released revised numbers of Super Bowl LVII viewership upon further review, and conclude that Rihanna’s performance was seen by 121 million people across TV and digital platforms, and not 118.7 million as initially reported.

Rihanna took the Super Bowl stage at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 12, without any guest stars. She performed a medley of her biggest hits, including “Work”, “Umbrella”, “Diamonds”, and “We Found Love”, and confirmed her second pregnancy during the show.

Rihanna discussed her Super Bowl performance in the cover story with British Vogue and said she just wanted to have fun and put on a show for people who’ve been supporting her for years.

“I haven’t done this in a minute and I’m doing this for the people that love my music, the people that have supported me and gotten me to this place in my career… It’s me really just getting back onstage – a crazy stage to be back on – but I’m really doing this for my fans,” she explained.