5 Million More People Watched Rihanna’s Super Bowl Half Time Show Than the Game Itself

Super Bowl LVII saw a Kansas City Chiefs victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in an exciting matchup with the final score of 38 to 35, respectively. But many folks watching couldn’t care less about the two teams. For them, the event was all about the halftime show to see Rihanna—and she did not disappoint. Rihanna's performance brought in 118.7 million viewers for her Super Bowl Halftime Show, according to preliminary numbers. It was 5 million more than the game itself, which saw 113 million viewers.

If you missed Rihanna’s Halftime Show, it’s easy to catch the 15-minute performance online because it captivated the internet. The superstar has put music on the back burner in recent years to focus on other endeavors like her billion-dollar makeup line, Fenty Beauty (which she made a nod to during her set). So, to see her perform some of her most iconic hits—including “Only Girl in the World,” “We Found Love,” and “Rude Boy”—was a joy for many.

The songs, however, were just part of what made the performance so spectacular. Rihanna’s set design reminded viewers of the Super Smash Bros. video game—a beloved title—which delighted people who were fans of Riri and the ultimate Nintendo showdown. But the songs, set, and her bright red suit (inspired by the late great André Leon Talley) almost couldn’t compare to the night’s biggest reveal—Rihanna is pregnant again. She appeared to have a baby bump during the performance, and her rep quickly confirmed it after it was over.

So, NFL who? Based on the reactions, the night was a Rihanna concert that just happened to include some football.

Rihanna performed during the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, and her performance was more popular than the game itself. (There were 118.7 million viewers watching her vs. the 113 million watching the football game.)

The internet loved the performance…

…and noticed when she plugged her brand, Fenty Beauty.

Rihanna sang some of her greatest hits on a set that reminded people of the video game Super Smash Bros.

And of course, the biggest reveal was her second pregnancy.

NFL who? Turns out the night was a Rihanna concert that just happened to include some football.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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