The change for Thursday Night Football from Fox to Amazon Prime did not work out well in the ratings department.
Austin Karp of Sports Business Journal reported that the NFL averaged 16.7 million viewers for the 2022 regular season. That’s a three-percent dip from 2021, when average viewership was 17.1 million.
This past season saw TNF only being available through streaming, which averaged 9.58 million viewers. That number also includes viewership from local TV stations carrying the games in the markets of the two competing teams.
A year ago when it was available on Fox, it averaged 16.2 million viewers.
Not everybody was receptive to the move and it showed just about every week as viewers had a hard time remembering that the game wouldn’t be available on TV like in years past. These ratings surely will not account for the many people who dive into the illegal streaming department, so we really won’t know what the true numbers are because of that avenue.
In the meantime, DirecTV has lost Sunday Ticket as it moves to YouTube TV for the foreseeable future. We shall see what the numbers look like as many have become accustomed to certain channels to find their games.
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