The NFL is booming, whether you like it or not
The NFL is the most popular sport in America, and it is not even close. Despite the off the field issues the league office has faced the past two years, fans continue to watch, more and more. In spite of the Ray Rice fiasco, and a little thing called Deflategate, the NFL continues to grow all over the country. The NFL recently announced that the average viewership of each game in Week One came in at 19.9 million, topping the previous high of 19.6 million back in Week One of 2013.
The most-watched game of the weekend was the Thursday night kickoff game between the Steelers and Patriots, which got 27.4 million viewers on NBC (probably increased due to Tom Brady being active). Next was the Giants-Cowboys game on Sunday night, which drew 26.8 million viewers to NBC (Cowboys always draw the most, whether you like them or not). CBS and FOX also topped 20 million viewers, with CBS getting 23.3 million viewers in the late afternoon window thanks mostly to Ravens-Broncos, and FOX getting 20.1 million viewers in the early afternoon window.
The only NFL market that did not receive the highest viewer totals of an NFL game for the week was Cleveland, which had the opening game featuring the Ohio State-Virginia Tech showdown on Monday Night.
The NFL is here to stay, until the next egregious action is made by a player or league official….
Dan Schalk covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk
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