10 most-watched TV shows since NFL kicked off are all football games


America's favorite sport is a big hit on the small screen.

The NFL has dominated television ratings through the first two weeks of the regular season, the league boasted Tuesday. The 10 most-watched shows beginning on Sept. 10 -- the day of the season opener -- were all NFL games.

The season kicked off with the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and star quarterback Patrick Mahomes beating the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. That game was the second-most watched, behind only the highly anticipated debut of Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Bucs in their season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees. More than 26 million fans tuned in to watch the legendary quarterbacks face off in a game that was somewhat disappointing for those hoping to see a shootout from the 40-something stars.

Not included in the top 10 was the highly rated Saints-Raiders tilt on Monday Night Football in Week 2. That game drew around 15 million combined viewers that were split between two broadcasts -- one on ABC and the other on ESPN, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Other notable games included the Seahawks beating the Patriots in a shootout this past Sunday, the Rams' tightly contested win against the Cowboys in the first game at SoFi Stadium and the Steelers beating the Giants in the Monday Night Football opener.

The latter game is notable for its strong rating given that it aired on ESPN, a cable network, while the others were available over the air. The Giants, Chiefs, Cowboys and Patriots all appeared in two of the top 10 games.

However, ratings were down year over year for the NFL as well as for MLB and the NBA, according to Barrett Sports Media.

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