Developers coded right through the Super Bowl

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While Super bowl LV commanded an audience of 96.4 million viewers, weekend developers were unfazed by Tom Brady’s tenth Super Bowl appearance.

According to new data from Software’s community of more than 100,000 developers, a similar percent of Sunday developers in the US coded between 6:30pm and 10:15pm EST on Super Bowl Sunday compared to previous Sundays.

More than 42% of developers who coded on Super Bowl Sunday also coded during the game. On a typical Sunday, between 40% and 50% of Sunday developers code between 6:30pm and 10:15pm EST.

Code time during the Super Bowl

Waning interest in football—or zealous developers?

Super Bowl LV was the least watched Super Bowl since 2007. For comparison, viewership peaked at 114 million viewers in 2015 when the New England Patriots battled the Seattle Seahawks. It has since slid to just under 100 million.

Even so, weekend coding is immensely popular—Super Bowl or no. According to data from Software’s community, roughly 18% of all coding hours each week happen on the weekend. Many developers use weekends to work on personal projects, get a head start on the upcoming week, or contribute to open source communities.

About the data

Software provides real-time tracking and coding metrics to over 100,000 developers around the world. We aggregate and anonymize data from Software’s community to analyze coding activity trends. Data is from developers using our Code Time plugins for VS Code, Atom, Sublime Text, PyCharm, IntelliJ, and WebStorm, among other code editors.

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