NFL Hall of Fame Game Outpaces NBA All-Star Game & Game 6 Of The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals
The power of the NFL continues to reign supreme in the United States.
The 2017 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the 2017 Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. According to reports, more people tuned into a meaningless NFL game than the NBA All-Star Game and Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
5.4: Overnight rating for last night’s Hall of Fame Game on NBC
4.8: Overnight rating for Game 6 clincher of 2017 Stanley Cup Final on NBC
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 4, 2017
NBC posted 5.4/10 overnight in 1st-ever Thurs night HOF Game – best weeknight NFL preseason game in 6 years (5.7/10, Phi-Pitt, 8/18/11, FOX)
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) August 4, 2017
“The audience of 8.2 million for a game that featured no star players surpassed the 7.8 million who watched the NBA All-Star game earlier this year.
That said, it’s been better in the past. Via Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, the overnight rating of 5.4 represents a sharp drop from the 6.9 generated in 2015 by a Vikings-Steelers matchup. In 2014, Giants-Bills cranked out a 5.8 and Cowboys-Dolphins in 2013 resulted in a 6.7.”
When the NFL is on, everything else sports-related becomes a distant second.