Love it or hate it, 2016 has been a historic year from the capture of El Chapo to the election of Donald J. Trump to the death of Carrie Fisher.
But five moments, in particular, rose to the top of DISH Network’s list of the most-watched days of 2016. Millions of viewers tuned into see the Broncos win Super Bowl 50, presidential candidates duke it out and the passing of pop culture icon Prince, according to the Colorado-based satellite service provider.
Top 5 most-watched moments of 2016
1. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince dies
Nearly three times the daily average of DISH households tuned in on April 22 — the day after Prince died — to see images of all-night dance parties and tributes.
2. The first presidential debate
Millions tuned in Sept. 26 to watch the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump face off for the first time in New York.
3. Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50
The Super Bowl is a “perennial ratings powerhouse,” according to DISH. The matchup between Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers was no exception. Millions watched Peyton Manning finish his final game Feb. 7 with a victory.
4. The final presidential debate
On Oct. 19, America came back to see Clinton and Trump go at it for the final time in Nevada. We heard about sexual assault, those damn emails and other issues that plagued us during the election cycle.
5. The vice-presidential debate
America tuned in Oct. 4 to see what history books will no doubt call “the dad debate” between Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine and now-Vice President-elect Mike Pence.