NFL Week 1 ratings see spike compared to 2020 season
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NFL Week 1 ratings reportedly see spike compared to 2020 season

Apparently, fans are very happy that football is back.

According to ESPN and other high-profile outlets, the NFL's 16-game opening weekend drew in a very large number of viewers, showing a 7% spike since last season and "having the second-highest TV ratings for Week 1 over the past five seasons."

Games ranked as top broadcasts for the week, "making it the largest Week 1 minutes total since 2016."

ESPN reported specifically that Monday night's dramatic overtime battle between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens averaged 15.3 million viewers between ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, the highest number for a Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup since 2013.

ESPN speculates the jump in viewership over last season is due to the game dynamic going "back to normal" following the pandemic-plagued 2020 campaign, but also that fans are more tuned into streaming services carrying the games than they have been in past seasons. 

With those factors in mind, it is already being speculated that ratings for this season will continue to be the highest they have been in years.

Chelena Goldman grew up on a street where the boys played street hockey and yelling at baseball and football over the radio was a standard -- making life as a sports geek the perfect fit. She believes in dominance on the blue line, good red wine, and the theory that you can never be too overdressed for any occasion. You can find her gabbing away on Twitter at @ChelenaGoldman.

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