The interest of the public following the season of the National Football League through television has increased by 17 percent compared to the same four-week period evaluated a year ago, according to a report released Wednesday by the entity.
Compared to the same period observed in 2019, the audience grew 3 percent in 2021, the source added. In the first four weeks of the current season, the average that follows the games is around 17.3 million viewers. Last season was played in full uncertainty due to the consequences of the pandemic, with empty stadiums, as well as extreme measures of care for players and coaches.
The league has had the 21 highest rated programs since the start of the season. The best two games have featured Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady’s return to New England last Sunday was the biggest draw, averaging 26.7 million viewers, with the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys in second place at 24.8 million.
The game between the Patriots and Buccaneers was NBC’s second-most-watched game since the “Sunday Night Football” package began airing in 2006. “I think the league is on full blast right now,” said the president of NBC Sports. Group, Pete Bevacqua. “As much as last year was a wonderful achievement to start the season without delay, you can see what the packed stadiums have added, along with the power and passion that the fans bring.“.
In addition, Bevacqua stressed that not only the clashes over the role were interesting and attractive to the fans but then on the field they turned into “incredible” duels. Four of the five channels that transmit the league have a growth of more than 20%.