The NFL season kicked off on Thursday night time, dominating the tv rankings for the night whereas nonetheless seeing a decline from the opening recreation in 2019.
Defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs’ successful effort in opposition to the Houston Texans averaged 19.Three million viewers on NBC, per Nielsen. That is down roughly 13% from the 2019 season opener that pitted the Green Bay Packers in opposition to the Chicago Bears.
Per NBC, the entire viewership for the sport averaged 20.Three million viewers in whole viewers supply, which incorporates these watching on NBC, NBC Sports Digital, and NFL Digital platforms. That quantity additionally doesn’t embody out of residence viewership, which might be obtainable subsequent week.
The recreation was far and away the most important factor on tv final night time, together with the NBA playoffs recreation on TNT and the NHL convention finals on NBC Sports. Looking at different reveals on broadcast, the NFL’s nearest competitors in viewership was “Big Brother” on CBS at eight p.m., which averaged just below four million viewers within the hour.
The remainder of broadcast tv for the night time was principally full of repeats. Among the originals to air moreover “Big Brother” was two back-to-back episodes of “Holey Moley” on ABC and a brand new episode of “Love Island” on CBS, which aired instantly after “Big Brother.”
The fall TV season would sometimes be getting going round this time, however most broadcast networks is not going to have any of their authentic scripted fare prepared till October or later as a result of ongoing manufacturing issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.