Drew Brees # 9 of the New Orleans Saints dived into the end zone to score a yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The National Football League came out the door, swinging for its opening playoffs, led by ViacomCBS Sports and the simultaneous broadcast of Nickelodeon, which drew more than 30 million viewers together.
The NFL’s attempt to attract younger viewers has been praised for its digital effects and comments on social media about Nickelodeon. In the game, the Saints defeated the Bears, 21-9, and even included Saints coach Sean Payton, who lost to Nickelodeon in the game after the end.
Sunday’s NBC Sports Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns also averaged 26 million on all platforms and 24.8 million viewers on NBC and reached 27.6 million viewers around 9: 15-9: 30 a.m. The network said it was the most watched the TV premiere show of the LIV Super Cup last February.
The Browns beat the Steelers, 48-37, for the club’s first win since the season since 1995. And this may be the last time longtime quarterback Ben Rotlisberger has dressed 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 Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Roethlisberger, who threw four interceptions in the game, will be a hit for a $ 41 million salary for the team next season, leading to speculation that the Steelers may break up with the 38-year-old, who turns 39 in March.
Playing in the NBC playoffs on Saturday, featuring another longtime quarterback who changed teams, Tom Brady, averaged 21.4 million spectators watching the Tampa Bake Buccaneers beat the football team in Washington.
Brady and Saints Drew Breeze’s quarterback will face off for the third time this season, as the Saints will host the Books this weekend. The duo helped Fox Sports attract more than 25 million viewers in its first competition in week 1.
Fox said Saturday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks averaged 23.9 million viewers on its channel. ESPN reported 24.8 million viewers for its Baltimore Ravens-Tennessee mega-actors. The Disney-owned network broadcast the game through its ABC and ESPN channels.