The NFL ratings are surging so far to start the 2021 season. The league was expecting an increase no matter what because of what was happening in 2020. However, they were not expecting a surge this big. As a result, the NFL is averaging over 17 million viewers.
This is a 17 percent increase from the 2020 season. The 2020 season was played in front of no fans and during the same year as one of the most anticipated presidential races in history. However, it is also a three percent increase in comparison to the 2019 football season.
It’s looking like people are excited to be watching live games again. There have also been a lot of competitive primetime games taking place. In addition, there are new storylines taking place that people want to tune into.
Tom Brady and his return to New England is the most viewed game so far this season and for obvious reasons. Brady spent 20 seasons in New England and was finally making his return after leaving in 2020. As a result, the game generated 26.7 million viewers.
NBC Sports Group Chairman Pete Bevacqua says the fans being back is what is generating more television viewers.
“I think the league right now is firing on all cylinders. As much as last year was a wonderful achievement getting the season in with no delays, you see what the full stadiums have added, along with the power and passion that fans bring.”Pete Bevacqua
Bevacqua also adds that the level of play on the field is bringing in more viewers. Most of the primetime games this season have been close, hard-fought battles.
“Not only have we had great matchups on paper, but they have been unbelievable on the field.”Pete Bevacqua
Close games and full stadiums are the most significant reasons the NFL ratings are surging this season. It’s tough to say whether or not this continues for an entire year. However, for now, the NFL is happy with the results they see after four weeks.