Ratings: NFL Kickoff Game Down 12% vs. 2019, Holey Moley Dips With Finale

NFL Kickoff Game Ratings

In the latest TV ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Thursday-night NFL kickoff game between the Chiefs and Texans averaged 19.3 million total viewers (per finals), down 12 percent from last year’s Packers/Bears match-up (which marked a three-year high).

With digital viewing folded in, the game’s Total Audience Delivery (20.3 mil) is down 11 percent from 2019.

Among regularly scheduled Thursday fare, CBS’ Big Brother (3.9 mil/1.0) dipped week-to-week but led the pack; lead-out Love Island (1.7 mil/0.4) was also steady.

ABC’s Holey Moley (2.9 mil/0.4) matched and hit season lows with its sophomore finale, while a programming hole-filling recap special (Rob Riggle’s words, not mine!) did 1.7 mil/0.3. A harrowing/cool/inspirational special about shark attack survivor Paige Winters then drew 1.7 mil and a 0.3.

Lastly, The CW’s Mysteries Decoded (821K/0.1) was steady.

The Live+Same Day Nielsen numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and and streaming platforms. These numbers instead are reported simply to illustrate any trends or superlatives. Kids, ask parents before calling.

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