NFL Sees Major Drop in TV Ratings for Social Justice-Laden Opening Game

NFL Sees Major Drop in TV Ratings for Social Justice-Laden Opening Game


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can’t be a happy camper right now.

Despite the glaring lack of original programming available on television currently, given the way COVID-19 halted quite a bit of production, the NFL still suffered an embarrassing ratings blow in its “Thursday Night Football” debut.

According to Deadline, ratings for the 2020-2021 NFL season opener between the Houston Texans and reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on NBC flirted with a previous nine-year-low.

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Viewership for the Chiefs-Texans game finished just a hair above the nine-year-low established by the contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons to open the 2018-2019 season.

As Deadline reported, Thursday’s game garnered 19.3 million total viewers, or 20.3 million when factoring in digital platforms.

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The 19.3 million figure represents a 12.3 percent drop compared to last year’s season opener between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

If you include digital,

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