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NFL TV Ratings: Bills-Chiefs clash draws huge numbers in Week 5

NFL TV ratings, Sunday Night Football

NFL TV ratings, a look forward: The NFL regular season has arrived, following a campaign that saw interest in the sport trend both up and down.

Below, we look at NFL TV ratings and the season, with the latest updates on the NFL Kickoff Game, the first Sunday Night Football game, the Monday Night Football debut, the first Thursday Night Football game and more.

Bookmark this page for NFL TV ratings throughout the season.

AFC Championship rematch draws strong numbers for Sunday Night Football

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

A rematch of the AFC Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs delivered more strong NFL TV ratings for the league and NBC.

Despite Buffalo and Kansas City not being huge markets, the early numbers for the Week 5 "Sunday Night Football" clash saw an average of million viewers with a primetime rating of among the demo.

It's a steep fall from the historic pull generated by Tom Brady's return to Gillette Stadium, but NBC and the NFL continue to dominate whenever games are broadcasted. These are also the early numbers from non-adjusted affiliates, so the ratings will change when everything is finalized.

NFL television ratings climbing through first quarter of season

After seeing its viewership drop during the season, the National Football League is faring much better this fall. Since the regular season began, ratings and viewership are skyrocketing across all major networks entering Week 5.

NFL Media announced that its nationally-broadcasted games are averaging million viewers per game (TV and digital), a 17% increase from the season. Better yet, the 21 most-watched shows on TV since September 9 have all been NFL games.

Week 4 proved to be especially strong for the league. million tuned in on CBS to watch the Green Bay Packers battle the Pittsburgh Steelers. A few hours later, Tom Brady's return to Gillette Stadium pulled in million viewers for NBC. Week 4 concluded with ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast, which averaged million (Sports Media Watch) to watch the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. It was the most-watched Week 4 MNF game since

NBC draws huge NFL TV ratings for Buccaneers-Patriots tilt

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It was the most-anticipated game of the young NFL season with Tom Brady bringing his Tampa Bay Buccaneers into Gillette to take on his former New England Patriots squad. So many storylines. So much interest.

In what can't be considered too much of a surprise, this led to historical ratings for NBC's broadcast of the Week 4 "Sunday Night Football" tilt. According to Deadline, Tampa Bay's narrow win drew million viewers, making it the second most-watched Sunday Night Football" game ever. The most-watched Sunday prime-time game was when the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys battled for the NFC East title in Week 17 of the campaign. That game drew million viewers.

NFL Network pulls in huge numbers for Cincinnati Bengals - Jacksonville Jaguars

because the NFL is required to broadcast all 32 teams at least once on national television, it often uses Thursday Night Football as an avenue for clubs with a smaller fan base. While that was the case in Week 4 when the Cincinnati Bengals face the Jacksonville Jaguars, it still pulled in huge numbers.

NFL Media announced on Monday that million viewers watched quarterback Joe Burrow lead Cincinnati to a dramatic comeback over the Jaguars. The audience sized topped the earlier marks from Week 2 and Week 3, giving NFL Network's exclusive broadcast its most-watched TNF game since

ESPN pulls in ratings bonanza for Eagles-Cowboys Monday night contest

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In what seems to be an early-season theme around the league, NFL TV ratings continue to climb from previous years.

The Dallas Cowboys' blowout Week 3 win over the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 drew million viewers on ESPN. This represents the most-watched Week 3 "Monday Night Football" Game since all the way back in It's also a 40% increase from back in (Bears-Washington Football Team).

"Additionally, the Eagles-Cowboys viewership continued a viewership trend, as ESPN also notched its most-watched Week 1 game since and its second most-watched Week 2 game since to go along with the aforementioned most-watched Week 3 game since ," the Futon Critic noted.

Overall, "Monday Night Football" ratings for ESPN are up double digits from each of the past two seasons. Monday's Cowboys-Eagles matchup was also the most-watched telecast on TV among all key demos.

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NBC draws plus million for Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers

The Week 3 Sunday Night Football clash between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers will go down as one of the best NFL games in Unsurprisingly, it created ratings gold for NBC and the NFL once again.

NBC announced its Sunday Night Football Week 3 broadcast averaged million viewers across NBC TV, Peacock, and the NBC and NFL digital platforms. It marks a 14% increase from the total viewership from last year's Week 3 game.

Best of all for the network, it was the most-watched Week 3 game since and marked the third consecutive week NBC drew plus million viewers on Sunday night.

Looking ahead to Week 4, the first battle pitting Tom Brady against Bill Belichick could set an NFL TV ratings record in viewership for a regular-season game.

Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans draw strong numbers to NFL Network

NFL TV ratings

As NFL Network continues to exclusively stream Thursday Night Football to open the season, the Week 2 matchup between the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers delivered in a big way.

NFL Media reported that its Thursday night broadcast averaged million viewers, just passing last week's New York Giants vs Washington Football Team game ( million). It also easily surpassed the Week 3 TNF matchup from , eclipsing it with a 35% spike.

Unsurprisingly, it was the most-watched program on television Thursday night. A year after the NFL saw its ratings drip, the league is roaring back with huge numbers a year before its new media rights contracts even kick in.

Monday Night Football delivers in Week 2, Manningcast ratings spike

The introduction of the Peyton Manning and Eli Manning broadcast team is already paying off for Disney. A week after the Manningcast on ESPN2 averaged , viewers, the increasing awareness of the broadcast led to to a huge spike in Week 2.

ESPN's standard Monday Night Football broadcast drew more than 12 million viewers. When combined with the overall age from the Manningcacst ( million viewers) and ESPN Deportes resulted in an overall average of million between ESPN's three networks.

With the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles set to face off on on Monday night in Week 3, expect the ratings to be even higher.

Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens Sunday Night Football classic crushes Emmy Awards

On a night when the NFL competed against the Emmy Awards, which ended a seven-year ratings slide, NBC's Sunday Night Football came out on top for the television audience.

The Nielsen ratings from Sunday night, per, revealed that the Week 2 clash between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs averaged million viewers and received a demo rating. By comparison, the Emmys drew million viewers to CBS.

It's another win for the NFL, which continues to see its TV ratings steadily climb this season. The Chiefs-Ravens game drew a 10% spike in viewership compared to the preliminary numbers for the SNF debut. With the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers set to face off on NBC in Week 3, it's safe to project the audience size will be strong.

Thursday Night Football ratings explode in return

NFL TV ratings, Thursday Night Football

The debut of Thursday Night Football, a matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team, likely delivered even better ratings than NFL Network hoped for in Week 2.

According to SportsMediaWatch, the Thursday Night Football opener averaged an estimated million viewers on the NFL's exclusive TV network. It was the largest season-opening audience for TNF since , when million people watched the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals.

For comparison, the TNF opener between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals averaged million viewers. Of the three exclusive TNF broadcasts on NFL Network last season, only one exceeded 6 million viewers.

Monday Night Football ratings for Week 1 at eight-year high

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The Las Vegas Raiders' stunning and drama-filled win over the Baltimore Ravens represented the most-watched Week 1 Monday Night Football Game since all the way back in In total, million viewers tuned in. Meanwhile, , watched the "ManningCast" on ESPN2 with brothers Eli and Peyton.

A lot of this could have had to do with the game itself. Baltimore opened up a lead in the first half before the Raiders came storming back. It was their first regular-season game in Vegas with fans in attendance. The game also came to a culmination on this touchdown pass from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in overtime.

NFL releases Week 1 ratings information

Here's a breakdown of the numbers from the league itself.

  • million viewers tuned in during the three-day opening slate.
  • The Week 1 average was million viewers, up 7% from a season ago.
  • billion total minutes consumed. The largest Week 1 total since
  • NBC averaged million viewers for its two games, an increase of 11% from last season.

Sunday Night Football ratings for Week 1

After NBC cashed in with a massive audience for the NFL Kickoff Game, its numbers dipped on Sunday Night Football. The Week 1 primetime clash between the Rams and Bears averaged million viewers and finished with a rating.

It's a notable drop from the numbers last season. In , the SNF opener between the Cowboys and Rams averaged million viewers with a rating. Also of note, just seven of NBC's Sunday night broadcasts averaged plus million viewers last season.

Cord-cutting might play one factor in the declining ratings across television. Cord-cutting has resulted in an estimated million cable subscriptions since , per MoffettNathanson, and it's estimated 27 million households have cut since

Moving forward, the NFL may attempt to feature teams like the Cowboys, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers to aid ratings for the SNF opener.

Tampa Bay-Dallas NFL Kickoff Game TV ratings best in a half-decade

Sports Business Journal's John Ourand reported that the Dallas-Tampa Bay overnight rating was up 16% from 's opener between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. It was also a five-year high in overnights.

Ourand noted that the rating figure doesn't include out-of-home viewing. In other words, it was a raging success. That's what happens when you pit the GOAT QB in Brady against the NFL's highest-paid player in in Prescott, who also happens to play for the most valuable sports franchise.

NFL continues to get good news to start the preseason

NFL Network's broadcast of the Washington Football Team and New England Patriots game on Aug. 12 drew the highest TV ratings for a preseason game on the flagship station since all the way back in The matchup saw million viewers tune in.

This is especially significant in that the preseason game went up directly against MLB's Field of Dream Game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, which also drew historical ratings from a television perspective.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was NFL ratings bonanza

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A total of million viewers tuned in to the Pittsburgh Steelers' win over the Dallas Cowboys earlier in August, marking the highest-rated preseason broadcast since all the way back in There's good reason for this. The entire preseason was canceled due to COVID and fans were desperate for some football action.

To put this into perspective, the NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns drew an average of million viewers (more on that later). This just goes to show us that the NFL is still America's pastime.

NFL Draft was the third-most watched ever

NFL storylines: Trevor Lawrence

There wasn't a ton of drama atop the draft with the Jacksonville Jaguars eyeing Trevor Lawrence at one and the New York Jets linked to BYU's Zach Wilson with the second selection. However, intrigue when it came to the San Francisco 49ers trading up to No. 3 led to continued uptick in viewership with the annual event seeing its third-highest ratings ever.

"Per a league press release, the NFL Draft was seen by an average audience of million viewers (TV and digital) across NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and digital channels during the three-day event, making it the third most-watched draft ever," NFL Media noted. "The three most-watched drafts in NFL history have occurred in the last three years: ( million), ( million), ( million)."

Continued interest in the NFL Draft is a great thing for the league. It started out as nothing more than a niche event for the most hardcore of fans. Now, it's a three-day event that shows just how popular the NFL is compared to the other three major North American professional sports leagues. Don't expect this to change in with the draft heading to Las Vegas.

Super Bowl LV in review: TV ratings

Perhaps, fans were not excited to see Tom Brady play in his 10th Super Bowl. There's a good chance that the lack of parties due to the COVID pandemic played a role, too. Either way, Super Bowl LV between the eventual champion Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs represented the worst ratings for the big game since all the way back in

According to Sports Media Watch, the game drew the lowest ratings for a championship bout in the league since Super Bowl III between the then-Baltimore Colts and New York Jets.

"It was just the seventh Super Bowl with less than a 40 rating, and the first since (49ers-Broncos: ) — snapping a year streak."

That specific Super Bowl matchup saw Joe Montana and the 49ers defeat John Elway's Denver Broncos by the score of , the biggest blowout in the history of the big game.

NFL TV ratings were a mixed back throughout the season. The pandemic coupled with an election year and political divisiveness around the United States played a major role in this. With the league struggling revenue-wise due to COVID, seeing one of the lowest-rated Super Bowls in NFL history can't be seen as a great thing.

NFL ratings decline had networks scrambling in

This site has focused on the up-and-down NFL TV ratings for the season. Not much of that had to to with networks and their relationships with sponsors as a decline became obvious around around the football world. Whether it's the ongoing pandemic or something else, said decline forced networks to scramble and strengthen relationships with sponsors.

"TV networks are feeling the strains of disappointing NFL ratings, as they are forced to restructure deals with advertisers to make up for the smaller audience, and their opportunity to make money off remaining games during the lucrative holiday season narrows," the Wall Street Journal reported this past weekend.

Those close to this situation called it "unheard of." Some of the broadcast networks, such as CBS and Fox, even considered having advertisers pay less than what they had originally pledged to air ads during NFL games.

in review: Monday Night Football ratings

NFL TV ratings: Week 11, Buccaneers-Rams

Before the NFL season began, ESPN worked desperately to lure in a broadcasting crew that would entertain fans and increase viewership. After missing out on Tony Romo, Peyton Manning and even Sean McVay, ESPN settled on its backup plan.

Unfortunately for the network, in a year that saw the company lay off plus employees due to the COVID pandemic, NFL ratings took a major hit. Monday Night Football was already the lesser football package for NFL games and the decline in viewership didn't help in

  • Monday Night Football, Week million viewers and rating, per SportsMediaWatch, tuned in for Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles game.
  • MNF, Week million viewers and rating () for Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle.
  • MNF, Week million viewers, rating for Monday night's NFC North battle between Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
  • MNF, Week9: million viewers and rating for the New England Patriots and New York Jets matchup.
  • MNF, Week8: million viewers, rating ( demographic) for ESPN's Buccaneers and New York Giants broadcast.
  • MNF, Week7: million viewers, another dip for MNF, for Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams game.
  • MNF, Week6: million viewers watched the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys on ESPN.
  • MNF, Week5: million tuned in for the Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints clash.
  • MNF, Week4: million people watched the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons, the lowest-rated MNF game of the NFL season.
  • MNF, Week3: million viewers witnessed the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens square off, a huge boom for ESPN.
  • MNF, Week2: million watched the New Orleans Saints and las Vegas Raiders, the most-watched MNF game this season. The NFL's first nationally-televised game with a Las Vegas team was gold for ratings.
  • MNF, Week1: ESPN's MNF double-header, featuring the Steelers-Giants and Titans-Broncos game showed the first signs of NFL ratings taking a hit.

In comparison: NBA Finals and NFL TV ratings

nfl tv ratings compared to nba finals

The NBA and its players were the most active in calling for systemic change in the United States and supporting the Black Lives Matter message last year. This created somewhat of a split between those on either side of the political line.

What we do know is that the NBA Finals between the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks and upstart Phoenix Suns did not draw great ratings.

  • Game 1: million
  • Game 2: million
  • Game 3: million
  • Game 4: million
  • Game 5: million
  • Game 6: million

This comes after the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Finals win over the Miami Heat drew a record low average of million viewers in the Orlando Bubble.

In comparing to the NFL, there's really no competition here.

  • Super Bowl LV (Chiefs-Buccaneers): million
  • NFC Championship Game (Buccaneers-Packers): million
  • AFC Championship Game (Bills-Chiefs): million
  • NFC Playoffs (Buccaneers-Saints): million
  • NFC Playoffs (Rams-Packers): million
  • AFC Playoffs (Browns-Chiefs): million
  • AFC Playoffs (Ravens-Bills): million
  • Average audience of m watch Tom Brady get better of Aaron Rodgers on Fox before m tune into CBS for Chiefs’ second consecutive AFC championship win
  • Viewership for NFC championship up 7% as AFC title game climbs 2% compared to last year
  • Wild card weekend and divisional round saw audience drops of 21% and 7% respectively

The National Football League (NFL) saw viewership increases for the first time during this season’s playoffs as both conference championship games averaged more than 40 million viewers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Green Bay Packers drew the biggest audience of the two fixtures, averaging million viewers on Fox, an increase of about five per cent on last year’s NFC championship matchup between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.

The audience peaked at 53 million viewers in the final moments of the fourth quarter as the Buccaneers held on to become the first NFL team to progress to a Super Bowl being staged at their home stadium.

The game, which pitted star quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers against each other in the postseason for the first time, was also the most-watched NFC title fixture since the Packers lost to the Atlanta Falcons in

It also marked the second week running that an NFL game became the most-watched broadcast in the US since last year’s Super Bowl as viewers flocked to Fox to see Brady reach the league’s champion-crowning fixture for the tenth time in his career. 

Later on Sunday, CBS’ coverage of the Kansas City Chiefs’ second consecutive AFC championship win, a triumph over the Buffalo Bills, drew an average audience of million, an uptick of two per cent on last season’s equivalent fixture.

The viewership increases will come as a relief for the NFL, which until Sunday had seen audiences fall during each round of the postseason.

The average audience for the NFL’s divisional round was down seven per cent to million viewers, while viewership for the expanded six-game wild card weekend fell 21 per cent to million.

The NFL will be hoping that a star-studded Super Bowl, headlined by Brady going up against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, will see it come close to matching the audience numbers for last season’s showpiece, which recorded more than million viewers across Fox’s TV and digital platforms. 

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The NFL is mired in a ratings slump, down a second straight year over ’s high-water mark. But there’s another side to the story: the NFL remains TV’s unchallenged champion, accounting for 13 of the top 20 and 37 of the top 50 most-watched programs in

Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day data pegged Super Bowl LI, Patriots-Falcons, as the top individual program of the year, with million viewers. A far-distant second was the Dallas-Green Bay divisional playoff, with the Pittsburgh-New England championship ranking third. The only non-NFL program to rank in the top seven was President Trump’s address to Congress, which placed fourth. (See the full list here.)

Beyond football, what Nielsen’s Top 50 list demonstrates is the power of live broadcasts. Not a single pre-recorded program cracked the entire top 50, with awards shows, presidential addresses, the World Series, the NBA Finals, and the college football and basketball playoffs making up the remainder of the non-NFL top 50 list.

The NFL’s television presence is truly a half-full/half-empty scenario. It’s indisputable that ratings are down for the NFL from highs; ratings are down from levels by an average of eight percent. Opponents of the NFL’s protests this season proclaim that disgust with the league’s social stances is the prime, or even only, reason for the decline, but the numbers don’t necessarily bear that out. Ratings for all primetime programs are down 9 percent, suggesting that while politics surely plays some role in viewers’ decisions to turn away from the NFL, kneeling isn’t as responsible for the ratings decline as changing viewing habits.

Plus, the NFL owns both those individual programs noted above as well as Sunday Night Football, which finished as the top-rated program for a record seventh straight year. And, as AdAge notes, despite some griping from sponsors, revenue for in-game ad sales is up two percent over last year.

The NFL stands as the dominant television force in America by a vast margin, and in an increasingly fragmented world, that’s not an automatically sustainable position. The league faces substantial threats to its continued reign, both from within and without, but for the moment, the NFL continues to take the largest slice of a smaller overall pie.

NFL fans are still watching football more than any other program. (Getty)

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.


Traina Thoughts: All Four NFL Playoff Games See Double-Digit Ratings Decrease

1. The NFL had a disastrous weekend when it came to ratings. Numbers have been down all season and it was more of the same for the wild-card games. The biggest surprise was that the best game (Panthers-Falcons) had the biggest decrease year over year. Yes, markets were a big factor, but that was a competitive and entertaining game. Here's the breakdown:

Titans-Chiefs () was down 11 percent versus last year's Raiders-Texans game.

Falcons-Rams () was down 10 percent versus last year's Lions-Seahawks game.

Bills-Jaguars () was down 10 percent versus last year's Dolphins-Steelers game.

Panthers-Saints () was down 21 percent versus last year's Giants-Packers game.

The NFL and CBS will say prayers every single night this week that Jacksonville doesn't upset Pittsburgh on Sunday, because Patriots-Jaguars instead of Patriots-Steelers in the AFC title game will make executives at the league and network very, very sad.

2. Here are your Divisional Round playoff lines:

Vikings -4

And here's where the Super Bowl odds stand today:

Patriots +
Vikings +
Steelers +
Saints +
Falcons +
Eagles +
Jaguars +
Titans +

2. Speaking of odds, after Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes last night, she's a major player on offshore sites offering lines on the Presidential Election:

Trump +
Pence +
Kamala Harris +
Bernie Sanders +
Elizabeth Warren +
Oprah Winfrey +

Other notables:

The Rock +
Mark Cuban +
Gregg Popovich +
Michael Jordan +
Vince McMahon +

3. Tom Brady is getting all cryptic on us.

4. Don't ever question Saints' defensive end Cam Jordan about his braids.

5. Erin Andrews delivered one of the more notable sideline reports after halftime than you'll ever hear during yesterday's Panthers-Saints game.

6. This is outstanding.

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TV Ratings: NFL Playoff Nabs Million Viewers, Best Telecast Since Super Bowl

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This robust postseason NFL bears no resemblance to the dampened league seen at the top of the season. Sunday&#;s playoff games were huge, for Fox and NBC, with Fox&#;s earlier showing on track to be the biggest U.S. telecast since the Super Bowl.

The Green Bay Packers put an end to the Dallas Cowboys&#; NFC championship ambitions in a stunning 11th hour victory, and audiences stuck around. An average million viewers watched the game, far and away the most-watched telecast in over a year and the most-watched NFL playoff tilt of all time. 

The game peaked with a massive million viewers when the Cowboys briefly tied the game with less than two minutes on the clock — at p.m. ET.

Earlier, the game averaged a overnight rating among households. That&#;s a stunning 12 percent boost from even Game 7 of the World Series, which ultimately swung 40 million viewers.

The primetime playoff matchup on NBC was almost as sweet, and also set a record — albeit just for an evening game. With a overnight rating among households, the showdown between the AFC&#;s Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs proved to be the best primetime showing on record for a NFL Wild Card or Divisional Playoff Game. Updated scores have it averaging million viewers and a peak of million viewers.

Both the NFC and AFC showings bode well for the rest of this especially strong postseason.


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Update: Per NFL&#;s Greg Aiello the Steelers-Broncos game on CBS averaged 43 million viewers and the Seahawks-Panthers game on Fox averaged million viewers. The Denver Broncos win over the Pittsburgh Steelers drew a /44 overnight household rating/share. That&#;s tied with &#;s Jets-Patriots game as the highest in 21 years for a Sunday AFC divisional round game according to CBS and up 3% versus last year&#;s Colts-Broncos matchup. The earlier&#;


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That nasty NFL ratings slump that dogged and is history.

After solid improvement during the regular season, the NFL playoffs this weekend went out with a big ratings bang, setting the stage for what experts predict will be the most-watched — and most profitable — Super Bowl ever.

Sunday’s Patriots-Chiefs game drew million viewers to CBS — a whopping 27 percent increase that made the AFC Championship Game the most watched NFL contest outside of Super Bowls in five years.

Earlier in the day on Fox, the Los Angeles Rams’ defeat of the New Orleans Saints drew million viewers — a gain of percent that gave Fox its most-watched broadcast since the Super Bowl in

Now, after a regular NFL season with the best offensive stats in memory, followed by a Championship Sunday that saw both games go into overtime, league watchers are predicting unprecedented ratings and advertising rates.

“The only thing that could make it better would be having a New York team in the mix,” sports-media consultant Brian Mulligan said of Super Bowl LIII. “Otherwise it’s a perfect storm.”

The big game, which on Feb. 3 will pit the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams on CBS, caps a season that has already seen a remarkable comeback.

In a Tuesday update, CFRA analyst Tuna Amobi reported that regular season NFL games on CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN averaged million viewers a game — up 5 percent from

The increase reversed two years of declines as the league struggled with the national anthem protests and concussion controversies. In and , average viewership for NFL regular season games plunged 17 percent, Amobi said.

Not even last year’s Super Bowl was spared. Nielsen put its viewership at million, a decline of 7 percent from the contest.

The current rebound, in contrast, has been an especially strong postseason. The league’s “Wild Card Weekend” in early January boosted average viewership for those four games to million — up 12 percent from the same weekend a year ago.

The divisional playoffs on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 added to the momentum, while last weekend’s conference championships took viewership to near record levels.

Experts credit some of the gains to a decline in off-field distractions.

Players&#; protesting by “taking a knee” during the national anthem isn’t near the controversy it was in , and President Trump’s tweets against the league and its players have faded.

But one sports-media veteran said the “big bounce-back” is mostly due to new rules and new stars like the Rams’ Jared Goff and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes — a combination that’s producing “high-scoring games that are compelling to watch.”

Advertisers, like viewers, have noticed.

The price for a second Super Bowl spot has reached a record $ million, according to Amobi, who added that most of CBS’ ad inventory for the event was sold out by mid-January.


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