Sunday Night Football TV Ratings Beat Out The Emmys

For those of you who don't know, there was an epic game between the Ravens and Chiefs on Sunday night, where Lamar Jackson lead the Ravens to a slim 36-35 win while inching his team closer to NFL records along the way. 

There was also an award show where a group of Hollywood celebrities gathered to pay tribute to all that is good in TV. It's called the Emmys, but it's certainly lost its lustre over the years, and Sunday's TV ratings proved it. 

According to, the Ravens & Chiefs pulled in 16.1 million viewers on Sunday night, while the Emmys averaged only 6.28 million viewers.

This is adding on to a positive ratings trend for the NFL starting in week 1. 

According to The Athletic, NFL week 1 ratings drew in an average of 17.4 million viewers on television and digital platforms.

That's a 7% increase from last season. 

And that's not all. 

The season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys earned an average of 24.8 million TV and streaming viewers for NBC, becoming the best opening game since 2015 when the Steelers took on the Patriots, earning 27.4 million. 

For comparison, last seasons' opener between the Chiefs & Texans averaged 19.3 million viewers. 

And it's not all bad news for the Emmys. In fact the awards shows' viewership is up 16% from last year when Jimmy Kimmel hosted. 

However, ratings are still down 34% since 2017. 

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