The NFL witnessed another drop in the ratings for their season-opening game on Thursday.
The game was expected to be big—the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs were hosting the elite Houston Texans in a divisional match-up—but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and ongoing sports political protests, fans tuned it out.
As the Daily Caller reports, the game saw a 16.1 percent drop in the ratings compared to the year before in the targetted age demographic of 18 to 49.
In total, 16.4 million viewers watched Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs ultimately win the contest 34 to 20. This is a sizeable drop from the 22 million viewers that saw the Green Bay Packers host their long-time rival Chicago Bears on September 5, 2019.
The Daily Caller reports:
As the piece noted, the game last year was a much tighter battle and the ratings prove that the Chiefs stomping of the Texans could have something to do with the overall numbers for the night.
By halftime, the Chiefs were leading the Texans 17-7 and by the fourth quarter the Patrick Mahomes’ lead team was way ahead of Houston, leading 31-7 in the fourth eliminating possibly any drama the Texans might have been able to make a comeback.
“As of now, the viewership results for the game — in front of 17,000 socially distanced fans at KC’s Arrowhead Stadium — is looking like a 10-year low for the NFL and NBC,” the report adds.