NFL season opener ratings between Chiefs and Texans drop 13%, attracting 19.3 million viewers, amid BLM support and boos from the crowd
- The Houston Texans vs Kansas City Chiefs kick-off of the season on NBC attracted 13% fewer spectators than it opened in 2019
- An estimated 19.3 million fans tuned in to see the Texans-Chiefs broadcast
- NBC said the live stream brought the total number of viewers to 20.3 million
- Fans booed Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs during a moment of silence they held during the game
The NFL was back on television Thursday night, but not so many fans were watching it.
According to Nielsen, the season kickoff game on NBC between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs drew 13% fewer spectators than the 2019 opening between Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
An estimated 19.3 million fans tuned in to see the Texans-Chiefs broadcast, while the Packers-Bears contest attracted 22.2 million viewers last season.
Players of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans join in a moment of silence before the opening on Thursday
The season kick-off on NBC between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs drew 13% fewer spectators than it opened in 2019
An estimated 19.3 million fans tuned in to see the Texans-Chiefs broadcast
Many sports fans have been waiting for the football season to arrive after other leagues had seasons cut short by the coronavirus.
NBC said the live stream brought the total number of viewers to 20.3 million.
Other sports in action Thursday night included the NBA and NHL playoffs and a Major League Baseball game list. Additionally, Victoria Azarenka posted a Serena Williams overturn in the US Open semifinals.
NBC said the live stream brought the total number of viewers to 20.3 million
The NFL’s new stance encouraging players to take a stand against racial injustice got its first test when fans of Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs booed during a moment of silence to further the cause, sparking a new debate. on how players should use their voices.
The controversy erupted Thursday night moments before the league’s 101st season began in front of a live crowd of 17,000 socially distant fans.
After the Houston Texans stayed in the locker room during the national anthem, fans booed them as they exited the tunnel at its conclusion.
The whistles continued as the two teams approached midfield and shook hands, their intertwined arms stretched from one end zone to the other during what must have been a moment of silence.
Fans, politicians and gamers have all weighed on social media and in interviews. Kansas City Councilor Eric Bunch described what happened in a tweet as “embarrassing”.
Fans booed Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs during a moment of silence they held during the game
“Some NFL fans who boo players for standing up and locking their arms in a moment of silent unity show that for them ‘defending the flag’ always meant perpetuating white supremacy,” said Bunch, who is white.
New York Jets offensive offensive George Fant, who is black, praised bosses and Texans for taking a stand during a Zoom call with reporters where he only took questions about social justice.
“We just want to be treated the same,” he said. ‘Everyone must be treated equally. Everyone must be held accountable. And to make people boo? It’s incredible.’