Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will defend their Super Bowl title, against … [+] Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7. (AP Photo / Reed Hoffmann)
After dropping scores during the NFL regular season and the first two weeks of the playoffs, audiences at both championships games increased from last year. This bodes well with the following Super Bowl LV.
NFL postseason: before the Super Bowl, the three weeks of the NFL playoffs games rank among the top rated TV shows each season with each game with an average of over 20 million viewers. This season has been no different as teams from both conferences have played a number of “win or come home” playoffs. games, getting the right to play Super Bowl LV on February 7.
This playoffs there was a new wrinkle, in March 2020 the NFL announced that it was increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14. As a result, the team with the seventh best record in each conference was is now qualified for the playoffs. Going forward, the second-favorite team no longer received a bye in the first round of the playoffs and instead played against the lowest team (seventh). Therefore, only the first team ranked in the two conferences received leave. Before the Super Bowl, there are now twelve playoffs games instead of ten.
Wild-Card Weekend: With the expanded playoff format, there were six NFLs games played during the opening weekend of the playoffs instead of four. A “triple header” of games was played Saturday and Sunday, giving football fans around 22 hours of live TV coverage for the weekend.
Saturday: one of games added was played early Saturday afternoon (Buffalo vs. Indianapolis) on CBS. the game had an average audience of 20.1 million viewers, the lowest rated of the six wild-card games and the least watched wild card contest since 2003. The late Saturday afternoon contest on Fox (Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle), drew an average audience of 24.6 million viewers. Despite being the highest rated game of the day, it was a decrease of 6% compared to 26.3 million last year for the same period. Saturdays during prime time game (Tampa Bay vs. Washington) on NBC averaged 21.4 million viewers, a significant drop (-32%) from last year’s prime-time contest of 31.4 million.
Sunday: early afternoon game Sunday (Baltimore vs Tennessee) on ABC / ESPN / Freeform / ESPN2 averaged 24.8 million viewers, down 18% from last year game in the same period. Late afternoon game (New Orleans vs Chicago) was the highest rated joker game of the weekend with 30.7 million viewers on average. the game aired simultaneously on CBS and Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon has averaged 2.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched show on the cable network in four years. child-oriented news, fun graphics, guest journalists and trending on Twitter throughout the game. Plus, it was the most watched Sunday Joker game on CBS in seven years. However, compared to last year, ratings are down 13%. The sixth game aired in prime time (another addition from last year), on NBC between two rivals of the AFC North (Cleveland vs Pittsburgh). The contest attracted an average of 26 million viewers, the second highest game of the weekend.
The six wild cards games averaged 24.3 million viewers, a significant increase from the NFL regular season (15.4 million), but well below the average audience for last year’s four wild cards games of 30.7 million. In addition, the average audience of the four games broadcast in the same periods as …
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