NFL’s playoff openers see solid ratings, Nickelodeon’s game draws 2 million viewers

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints dives within the quit zone to attain a one yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears at some level of the fourth quarter within the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The Nationwide Soccer League came out the gate swinging for its playoff openers, led by ViacomCBS Sports and Nickelodeon’s simulcast, which attracted bigger than 30 million viewers mixed.

Sunday’s CBS airing between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears attracted roughly 30 million viewers, and its children’ model on Nickelodeon drew approximately 2 million, changing into the Nickelodeon’s “most-watched program among whole viewers in nearly four years,” the community acknowledged.

The NFL’s strive to solicit youthful viewers drew reward for its Nickelodeon-themed digital outcomes and commentary on social media. The sport saw the Saints beat the Bears, 21-9, and even featured Saints coach Sean Payton getting slimed on Nickelodeon within the postgame.

Sunday’s NBC Sports Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns contest also averaged 26 million across all platforms and 24.8 million viewers on NBC and peaked at 27.6 million viewers around 9: 15-9: 30 p.m. The community acknowledged it used to be tv’s most-watched primetime level to since Sizable Bowl LIV final February.

The Browns defeated the Steelers, 48-37, for the membership’s first postseason victory since 1995. And it is going to be the final time lengthy-time quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suits up in a Steelers uniform.

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against Adrian Clayborn #94 of the Cleveland Browns on January 11, 2021 at Heinz Subject in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Roethlisberger, who threw four interceptions within the game, shall be a $41 million salary cap hit for the team next season, leading to speculation the Steelers would possibly perhaps well half systems with the 38-year-earlier play-caller, who turns 39 in March.

Saturday’s NBC playoff game, featuring one more lengthy-time quarterback who did substitute groups, Tom Brady, averaged 21.4 million viewers watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Washington Soccer Body of workers.

Brady and Saints quarterback Drew Brees will dart head to pass for the third time this season, as the Saints will host the Bucs this weekend. The duo helped Fox Sports attract over 25 million viewers in their first contest in Week 1.

Fox acknowledged its Saturday game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks averaged 23.9 million viewers on its channel. ESPN reported 24.8 million viewers for its Baltimore Ravens-Tennessee Titans mega-forged. The Disney-owned community aired the game across its ABC and ESPN channels.

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