The Super Bowl: America's great unifier

    New England Patriots fans cheer after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at McGreevy's Bar in Boston, Massachusetts on February 3, 2019.

    (CNN)America is a divided nation. I'm not just talking about when it comes to who we choose to represent us in government. I'm talking about the choices we make down to as mundane as where we shop for food. But in this world where residents of the United States can never seem to agree, there is one massive event where Americans of all stripes find common ground.

    The Super Bowl and the NFL in general seem to bring together Americans in a way few other things can.
    In an era of streaming and cable television, most programs capture only a small portion of America's over 330 million-person population. Last year, the highest non-football program was the State of the Union, which under 40 million Americans watched -- the viewership this year was even lower.
      When it came to the highest-rated non-sports show on one network, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on NBC took the prize; a mere 22 million Americans tuned into that.
        The Super Bowl, meanwhile, was watched by nearly 100 million people on NBC last year. When you combine streaming and Spanish language broadcast, viewership topped 110 million.
        Confetti drops on SoFi stadium as the Los Angeles Rams win Super Bowl LVI against the Cincinnati Bengals.