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Do Canadians like the Super Bowl more than Americans?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson walked off the field after throwing an interception to New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson walked off the field after throwing an interception to New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Associated Press

Is it possible that Canada loves the Super Bowl more than Americans?

Toronto Sun columnist John Kryk noted in his blog that a higher percentage of Canadians per capita watched the Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX than in the United States.

Kryk wrote that 55 percent of all Canadians (19.3 million of 35.1 million) watched at least part of the Super Bowl telecast, either on English or French broadcasts. NBC’s broadcast was seen by 161.3 million of 316.1 million (51 percent), Kryk wrote.

Factor in the 457,000 Spanish-language viewers, and Canada still came out on top.

One last note: Kryk reported that NFL playoff games drew more viewers than “Hockey Night in Canada” on each of the last three weekends of the NFL season.

They love their football in the Great White North.

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