Ratings for NFL season opener drop 13 percent amid BLM support and booing

Ratings for NFL season opener between the Chiefs and Texans drops 13 percent - attracting 19.3 million viewers - amid BLM support and booing from the crowd The season kickoff game on NBC between the and Kansas City Chiefs drew 13 percent fewer viewers than the 2019 opener An estimated 19.3 million fans tuned in to see the Texans-Chiefs broadcast NBC said live streaming boosted 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 

By Reuters and Associated Press

Published: 04:53 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 04:58 BST, 12 September 2020

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The NFL was back on television sets Thursday night but not as many of the fans were watching.

According to Nielsen, the season kickoff game on NBC between the and Kansas City Chiefs drew 13 percent fewer viewers than the 2019 opener between the 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.

The season kickoff game on NBC between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs drew 13 percent fewer viewers than the 2019 opener

The season kickoff game on NBC between the and Kansas City Chiefs drew 13 percent fewer viewers than the 2019 opener

An estimated 19.3 million fans tuned in to see the Texans-Chiefs broadcast

An estimated 19.3 million fans tuned in to see the Texans-Chiefs broadcast

The size of the drop is surprising due to the lack of sports to watch during the coronavirus pandemic. Many sports fans have been waiting for the football season to arrive after other leagues had seasons interrupted by the virus.

NBC said live streaming boosted the total number of viewers to 20.3 million.

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