NFL regular-season ratings down 3% over last season

NFL regular-season ratings noticed a 3% lower from last season, which was not surprising with “Thursday Night Football” transferring from Fox and NFL Network to airing completely on Amazon Prime Video.

The 272 regular-season video games averaged 16.7 million viewers throughout tv and digital platforms. The league additionally mentioned that 185 million followers watched video games sooner or later throughout the 18 weeks.

Despite the dip, it’s the third-highest common since 2016. Last season averaged 17.1 million.

NBC, Fox and CBS noticed will increase in viewers over last season. ESPN’s viewership was down, however was trending to be flat or a slight improve had the Jan. 2 video games between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals have been performed. The sport was suspended halfway by way of the primary quarter when Bills security Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest.


According to Nielsen figures, the 15-game “Thursday Night Football” package deal on Prime Video averaged 9.58 million viewers. Amazon’s first-party viewership measurement confirmed a mean of 11.3 million.

Amazon advised advertisers it was estimating a mean viewers of 12.6 million, based mostly on Nielsen numbers. Amazon signed a three-year settlement with Nielsen to trace ratings. It was the primary time Nielsen tracked and included ratings from a streaming service.

The extra numbers from Amazon’s monitoring have been from the corporate’s capability to measure viewing throughout related TVs, their apps and who could be watching a separate feed on Twitch.

By comparability, the Fox, NFL Network, Prime Video “Thursday Night Football” tri-cast averaged 16.4 million.

The numbers, although, confirmed progress in different areas. Viewers within the age 18 to 34 demo averaged 2.11 million, up 11% from last season. The common viewer age was 47 years previous, which is seven years youthful in comparison with different video games.

Even with the video games solely obtainable on streaming, “Thursday Night Football” was the most-watched program 13 of 15 occasions. One of the occasions it was crushed was by Game 5 of the World Series.


The largest leap was CBS’ nationwide sport window. The 10 video games at 4:25 pm ET averaged 23.50 million, an 8% improve. CBS’ total common was 18.49 million, which was up 2%.

Fox noticed 4% positive factors in each its total quantity (19.42 million) and nationwide package deal of 10 video games within the late window (24.13 million). Fox has six postseason video games this season, together with the Super Bowl.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was up 3% with a 19.9 million common. Nine of the Sunday night time video games averaged at the least 20 million, which was its finest efficiency in three years.


ESPN’s package deal of 15 “Monday Night Football” video games and two Saturday video games in Week 18 noticed a mean of 13.79 million, a 3% lower.

ESPN and ABC aired two Monday night time video games on the identical time on Sept. 19. Factoring in these video games, the typical fell to 13.41 million throughout 19 video games.

The Buffalo-Cincinnati sport averaged 21.1 million earlier than Hamlin’s collapse. The common grew to 23.9 million over the ultimate hour. Since the sport was canceled, ESPN didn’t embrace the numbers in its ultimate common.

The season opener between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, which was Russell Wilson’s first sport with the Broncos and towards his former crew, noticed an viewers of 19.8 million, the perfect MNF viewers because the package deal went to ESPN in 2006.


The most-watched video games ended up being on Thanksgiving. The New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys contest on Fox averaged 42.1 million and the primary sport between the Bills and Detroit Lions on CBS drew 31.9 million.

NBC’s highest viewership additionally got here on Thanksgiving, with the prime-time sport between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings bringing in 25.6 million, ninth-best throughout the common season.

Fox had 5 of the ten most-viewed video games, whereas CBS had 4 and NBC one.

Regular-season video games ranked as the highest 25 most-viewed and 47 of the highest 50.

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