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FutureStarrNfl ratings week 2
NFL games are so far ahead of other sports in viewership that there is really no comparison to be made at all. NFL games should be compared not with sports but with all other television programs across all networks. And even then, guess what? The NFL wins in a blowout. The other events besides President Biden’s inauguration to break through among all the NFL telecasts? Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which was the 36th-most-viewed show of 2021, pulling in 17.8 million viewers.Below, we look at NFL TV ratings and the 2021 season, with the latest updates on the NFL Kickoff Game, the first Sunday Night Football game, the Monday Night Football 2021 debut, the first Thursday Night Football game and more.
The Miami Dolphins’ unexpected victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football averaged 13 million viewers across all platforms, per an NFL announcement. It marked a significant gain from the Week 9 TNF broadcast and delivered the league a 3% bump from the TNF Week 10 game (Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans) from the 2020 NFL season. (Source: sportsnaut.com)
The Manningcast returned after a brief hiatus and the level of fan interest was greater than ever. According to SportsTVRatings, ESPN averaged 11.189 million viewers for its primary Monday night broadcast of the New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks contest. (Source: sportsnaut.com)
CBS’ Sunday games are averaging 17.1 million viewers, up 16% over last year. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is up 12% to 21.8 million viewers in the U.S. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” is pulling in 14.7 million viewers, a 17% gain. Only Fox has seen a decline — down 13% to 16.2 million viewers — largely due to a blowout loss for the Green Bay Packers in its first national telecast. (Source: www.latimes.com)
Bookending the strong Week 4 performance, Jaguars-Bengals averaged a 4.5 (+41%) and 8.00 million (+48%) on the latest edition of Thursday Night Football (8.5M including additional streaming viewership not tracked by Nielsen) — NFL Network’s largest audience for an exclusive Thursday night game since 2018. The Chargers-Raiders Monday Night Football game averaged 12.86 million across ESPN and ESPN2 (+49%), the largest Week 4 MNF audience since 2018. (Source: www.sportsmediawatch.com)