09/15/2021 at 07:00 CEST
. / Houston
The National Football League (NFL) announced this Tuesday the television audience ratings that left the first week of the new 2021 season with a mark of 100 million people who saw the games through the different audiovisual platforms.
The first week of competition left an average of 17.4 million viewers, 7% more than the previous week and the second highest audience of the last five seasons (2017-21), only surpassed by that of 2019, when the Players stopped kneeling on the fields during the intonation of the national anthem.
NFL games were ranked as the top 6 broadcasts for the week of Monday through Sunday broadcasts on American television. 23.2 billion minutes were consumed by people who saw the activity of the first week, the best since 2016. The two national television networks on Sunday attracted 6.3 billion minutes, consumed by viewers to watch the NFL, the highest recorded for a national network in the first week since they began to be controlled in 1988.
The opening game of the new season that was played last Thursday between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, current Super Bowl champions, and the Dallas Cowboys, generated an audience of 26.4 million viewers, as the largest that the NBC network had since the 2015 season, while the same network ended with an average of 22.8 million viewers with the combination of the matches on Thursday and Sunday. Thanks to the pull of the opening game, NBC registered a year-on-year increase of 11%.
The traditional Monday night game, which was broadcast by ABC, ESPN and E2, had an average audience of 15.3 million viewers, an increase of 59% compared to last year’s double billboard, which was only seen on ESPN. The most watched Monday night game of the first week of the NFL was 2013 when the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington met and left an audience of 16.5 million viewers.