In this article Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson # 8 throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chris Unger | Images
The National Football League finished the first week of its 2021 regular season with an average of 15.29 "million viewers on ESPN channels, including ABC Network, for the Monday Night Football opening game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens .
The Raiders beat the Ravens 33-21 in a round-trip overtime game with several twists to wrap up Week 1. Viewership is up 42% from the game in the game. 'last year, andmajor markets included Baltimore, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Kansas City, and San Diego.
The 2020 MNF contest between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers averaged just 10.76 million viewers. Pandemic playing a role, this game was down about 17 % compared to the first ESPN game. The 2019 Week 1 doubles schedule, which featured the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans and averaged 13.2 million "viewers on ESPN channels.
On Monday, ESPN also rolled out its MegaCast alternate featuring Peyton and Eli Manning providing commentary for the game Raiders-Ravens on his ESPN2 channel. The telecast drew800,000 viewers. The Manning brothers signed a three-year contract with ESPN owned by Disney , "which will feature the pair offering their thoughts and playoffs during the NFL season. Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) finds an opening in the line against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 12 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.William Purnell | Sportswire Icon | Images
Meanwhile, Sunday's NFL National Game on ViacomCBS featuring the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs attracted on average 19.53 million "viewers . It was the most watched opening weekend national game on CBS since March.tch 2015 opening between the Ravens and Denver Broncos (23.28 million viewers).
Fox Sports 'a averaged 16.23 million viewers for its Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans National Game of Saints. That's down from last year's national opener between the Tampa Bay Saints and Bucs, which featured a featured quarterback game between Drew Brees and Tom Brady, and which featured attracted an average of 25.8 million viewers.
The network entered. the NFL opener after drawing 7.7 million viewers for its Saturday varsity game Oregon against Ohio State.
The NFL began its 102nd season last Thursday with an average of 26 million total viewers for his Tampa Bay Buccaneers Contest vs. the Dallas Cowboys. NBC said the match had culminated on television with 25.4 million viewers between 9.45 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. The 2021 opener marked a 20% increase in total viewership from last year's NFL kickoff with the Chiefs and Texans.
Overall, the NFL said Week 1 games combined averaged 17.4 million viewers, and attracted "about " 100 million total viewers for all games.
Disclosure: NBC Sports, which shares parent company NBCUniversal with CNBC, broadcasts NFL games.