New Orleans Saints # 9 Drew Brees # 9 dives into the end zone to score a one-yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana .
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The National Football League came out for its playoff openings, spearheaded by ViacomCBS Sports and Nickelodeon’s Simulcast, which together drew more than 30 million viewers.
The Sunday CBS broadcast between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears drew approximately 30 million viewers and the children’s version of Nickelodeon drew approximately 2 million, making it “Nickelodeon’s most-watched program by total viewers in nearly four years.” the network said.
The NFL’s attempt to attract younger viewers was recognized for its Nickelodeon-themed digital effects and social media comments. The game saw the Saints beat the Bears 21-9, and even Saints coach Sean Payton was reduced to Nickelodeon in the aftermath.
Sunday’s NBC Sports Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns competition averaged 26 million on all platforms and 24.8 million viewers on NBC, peaking at 27.6 million viewers at around 9:15 p.m.-9:30 a.m. The network said it was the most-watched prime time show on television since Super Bowl LIV last February.
The Browns defeated the Steelers, 48-37, for the club’s first postseason Victory since 1995. And it could be the last time longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wears a Steelers uniform.
Ben Roethlisberger # 7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against Adrian Clayborn # 94 of the Cleveland Browns on January 11, 2021 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Roethlisberger, who threw four interceptions in the game, will hit a salary cap of $ 41 million for the team next season. which leads to speculation The Steelers could part ways with the 38-year-old play caller, who will turn 39 in March.
Saturday’s NBC playoff game with another long-time quarterback who switched teams, Tom Brady, had an average of 21.4 million viewers watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Washington Football team.
Brady and Saints quarterback Drew Brees will face each other for the third time this season as the Saints will host the Bucs this weekend. The duo helped Fox Sports draw over 25 million viewers for their first week 1 competition.
Fox said his Saturday game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks was average 23.9 million Viewers on his channel. ESPN reported 24.8 million viewers for its mega-cast Baltimore Ravens-Tennessee Titans. Disney’s own network broadcast the game on its ABC and ESPN channels.