NFL’s playoff openers see strong rankings, Nickelodeon draws 2 million audiences

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

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints dives in completion zone to score a one lawn goal versus the Chicago Bears throughout the 4th quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff video game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The National Football League came out eviction swinging for its playoff openers, led by ViacomCBS Sports and Nickelodeon’s simulcast, which brought in more than 30 million audiences integrated.

Sunday’s CBS airing in between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears brought in approximately 30 million audiences, and its kids’ variation on Nickelodeon drew roughly 2 million, ending up being the Nickelodeon’s “most-watched program among total viewers in nearly four years,” the network stated.

The NFL’s effort to obtain more youthful audiences drew appreciation for its Nickelodeon-themed digital impacts and commentary on social networks. The video game saw the Saints beat the Bears, 21-9, and even included Saints coach Sean Payton getting slimed on Nickelodeon in the postgame.

Sunday’s NBC Sports Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns contest likewise balanced 26 million throughout all platforms and 24.8 million audiences on NBC and peaked at 27.6 million audiences around 9: 15-9: 30 p.m. The network stated it was tv’s most-watched primetime program given that Super Bowl LIV last February.

The Browns beat the Steelers, 48-37, for the club’s very first postseason success given that 1995. And it might be the last time veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fits up in a Steelers uniform.

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

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Roethlisberger, who tossed 4 interceptions in the video game, will be a $41 million wage cap hit for the group next season, causing speculation the Steelers might part methods with the 38-year-old play-caller, who turns 39 in March.

Saturday’s NBC championship game, including another veteran quarterback who did alter groups, Tom Brady, balanced 21.4 million audiences viewing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Washington Football Team.

Brady and Saints quarterback Drew Brees will go head to head for the 3rd time this season, as the Saints will host the Bucs this weekend. The duo assisted Fox Sports bring in over 25 million audiences in their very first contest in Week 1.

Fox stated its Saturday video game in between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks balanced 23.9 million audiences on its channel. ESPN reported 24.8 million audiences for its Baltimore Ravens-Tennessee Titans mega-cast. The Disney-owned network aired the video game throughout its ABC and ESPN channels.

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