Andrew Norwell Mens Jersey The NFL scored its biggest TV audience of the season in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ controversial loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night 锟斤拷 but it wasn’t enough to reverse overall viewership declines.
That’s better than the 4.4 million drawn to the Miami Dolphins’ rout of the New York Jets in the same slot a season ago, but it barely moved the needle.
Thursday Night Football was the week’s biggest loser, down 40 percent, despite being telecast on NBC and NFL Network 锟斤拷 as well as streamed by Amazon.
The 10.9 million viewers drawn to the tri-cast, pitting two second-division teams, was a season low for TNF.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football and ESPN’s Monday Night Football also posted double-digit declines.
On SNF, the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Oakland Raiders drew a respectable 19.2 million viewers 锟斤拷 but it was down 26 percent from last year.
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On MNF, the Atlanta Falcons beat the Buccaneers in a game won by a field goal. Yet viewership was down 16 percent from 2016’s Carolina Panthers-Washington Redskins game.
The National Football League on Wednesday inked a monster TV rights deal that will move Thursday Night Football to Fox.
TNF will move to Fox beginning with the 2018 season, the NFL and the network announced Wednesday.
The Thursday telecasts had aired on CBS and NBC the past two seasons after the Tiffany Network had exclusive broadcast rights to the game in 2014-15 锟斤拷 the first two years Jamie McGinn Jersey the NFL offered the TV-rights package.
Terms of the Fox-NFL deal were not disclosed, but reports put the price of the five-year deal at about $3.3 billion 锟斤拷 or roughly $60 million per game for the 11-game slate.
The NFL said the agreement marks the fifth media rights deal between it and Fox Sports, dating back to the agreement struck in December 1993 that helped solidify Fox as a major broadcast network.