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The Buccaneers vs. Cowboys sport was the most-viewed NFL opener since 2015

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes towards the Dallas Cowboys in the course of the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on September 09, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.

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The Nationwide Soccer League began its 2021 season with an thrilling contest that includes two high quarterbacks and a stadium of followers, which helped it lure probably the most viewers since 2015.

NBC stated its 2021 NFL opener Thursday between the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys averaged 26 million complete viewers on all platforms and peaked on NBC TV at 25.Four million viewers between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.

The sport marked a 20% improve in complete viewership from final 12 months’s NFL kickoff that includes the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Houston Texans. That contest averaged 19.three million viewers and was the primary NFL sport in the course of the pandemic.

The 2020 NFL opener confronted competitors from the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, Main League Baseball, Main League Soccer and tennis’ U.S. Open. These leagues performed on the identical time because of the pandemic postponements, which impacted NFL viewership. By comparability, the 2019 opener that includes the Inexperienced Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears averaged roughly 22 million viewers.

The Bucs beat the Cowboys, 31-29, behind Tom Brady’s late fourth-quarter drive, resulting in the game-winning area aim. Brady, 44, completed the sport finishing 32 of 50 passes and 4 touchdowns. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott additionally placed on a present, throwing for 403 yards and three touchdowns.

NBC, which shares a dad or mum firm with CNBC, stated the 2021 contest averaged 24.Four million viewers on TV and was the most-watched kickoff sport because the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots opener in 2015. That sport additionally featured Brady and attracted 27.Four million viewers.

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a go in the course of the common season sport between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 09, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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High markets for the 2021 NFL opener included Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Tampa Bay, Florida, and Windfall, Rhode Island.

Based on promoting knowledge agency EDO, the community introduced in an estimated advert spend of greater than $60 million for the 2021 NFL opener, up 16% from final 12 months. EDO measures advertisements by way of search engine visibility, which quantifies advert engagement 5 to 10 minutes after an advert airs.

The agency instructed CNBC that crypto and monetary companies corporations shared 8.8% of complete search engagement for advertisements that appeared in the course of the Bucs vs. Cowboys matchup, whereas corporations within the playing class shared just one.7%. The typical advert in final evening’s sport generated 21% extra engagement than final 12 months’s contest.

“Final evening’s opening sport was nice information for NFL advertisers, NFL broadcast companions, and the league,” stated EDO CEO Kevin Krim by way of electronic mail. “We noticed sturdy year-over-year efficiency with high search scores considerably larger than final 12 months’s opener.”

Disclosure: NBC and CNBC are divisions of NBCUniversal.

Correction: This text has been up to date to replicate that viewership on NBC TV peaked at 25.Four million and that, based on EDO, crypto and monetary companies corporations shared 8.8% of complete search engagement for advertisements in the course of the sport and playing corporations shared 1.7%.


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