NFL breaks Kickoff viewership record with 121 million people

Michelle Cruz Mexico City / 14.09.2022 18:31:00 Not only was it one of the best weekends the NFL has exper

Michelle Cruz

Mexico City / 14.09.2022 18:31:00

Not only was it one of the best weekends the has experienced in sports terms, it was also one of the best in terms of audience. Through NFL Communications, La Liga reported that there were more than 121 million fans in the world who watched the 16 games of American , where comebacks and exciting endings were not lacking.

“It was an incredible Kickoff weekend, highlighted by a Sunday afternoon filled with thrilling finishes and comebacks,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “As the audience numbers indicate, our fans are obviously excited to have the NFL back”.

These 121 million viewers (who used both broadcast television and digital devices) rrepresent a 5 percent increase from the first weekend that was held in 2021, indicates NFL Communications. Much of this was due to the fact that seven games were decided by one field goal or less, which is the most in a Kickoff weekend in NFL history.

Also, five games were decided by a winning score after the two-minute break or in extra timewhile four teams (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants) rallied from deficits of ten or more points to win or tie games.

The numbers back it up

The vast majority of the exciting matches were seen from midday to late afternoon, which explains why they were almost 83 million fans who enjoyed these meetingswhich is the highest total seen since 2016, as well as a 7 percent increase from 2021.

These 83 million fans enjoyed more than 12 billion minutes of NFL action, historical record for the League and an increase of 6 percent when compared to 2021.

On average, each game had an audience of 18.5 millionbeing the best Kickoff weekend since 2016 and an average that was higher than 2021 by 3 percent.

Sunday Night Football between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys was watched by 24.5 million people (Week 1 leader), followed by the Kickoff (Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams), with 21.3 million.

Monday Night Football between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos drew nearly 20 million viewers, making it the most watched since the 2009 Monday Night Game and the most watched inaugural MNF since 2006.