Thanks, Tom Brady! Ageless quarterback helps NBC in ratings

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Desperate Tom Brady is due for a thank you note from NBC

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The Tampa Bay Books quarterback helped the network to a gargantuan audience of 24.8 million for the NFL kickoff game, where he beat and defeated the Dallas Cowboys. This is up from last year’s season opener, which reached 19.3 million.

It was a less flashy matchup for the start of the season for “Sunday Night Football”, where the Chicago Bears and LA Rams were watched by 17.6 million. This is down from the start of the 2020 season of the Sunday Night franchise, which has clocked 18.9 million views.


Two prime-time football games gave NBC weekly ratings wins, as its viewership averaged 7.8 million. CBS had 3.5 million viewers in prime time, ABC had 3 million, Fox had 2.4 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.12 million and Telemundo had 1.06 million.

Fox News Channel led the cable network in prime time, averaging 2.23 million viewers. ESPN had 1.89 million, HGTV had 1.07 million, MSNBC had 1.06 million and TLC had 910,000.

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ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.4 million and “CBS Evening News” had 4.6 million.

For the week of September 6-12, the 20 most popular shows in prime time, their networks and viewership:

1. NFL Football: Dallas, NBC, 24.81 million in Tampa Bay.

2. NFL Football: Chicago at LA Rams,” NBC, 17.64 million.

3. “NFL Pregame” (Thursday), NBC, 16.21 million.

4. “NFL Pregame” (Sunday), NBC, 12.81 million.

5. “NFL Kickoff,” NBC, 10.42 million.

6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.98 million.

7. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 9.97 million.

8. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.9 million.

9. “Football Night in America, Part 2,” NBC, 6.5 million.

10. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 5.95 million.

11. “The OT,” Fox, 5.78 million.

12. College Football: Washington, ABC, 4.75 million in Michigan.

13. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 4.223 million.

14. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 4.218 million.

15. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.07 million.

16. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 3.89 million.

17. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 3.86 million.

18. “FBI” (Thursdays, 8 p.m.), CBS, 3.42 million.

19. “FBI” (Thursdays, 9 p.m.), CBS, 3.37 million.

20. “20/20” (Fridays, 9 p.m.), ABC, 3.34 million.


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