Jamie Squire / Getty ImagesPlayers from the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans unite in a moment of silence before the start of a game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
By Bryan Chai
Published September 11, 2020 at 1:56pm
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.
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.