The 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 TV ratings through the first two weeks of the regular season, the league boasted on 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 superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes hosting 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 millions fans tuned in to watch the legendary quarterbacks face off in a game that was somewhat disappointing for those hoping to see one last 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 include the highly entertaining Week 2 shootout between the Patriots and Seahawks in Seattle; the tightly contested Cowboys-Rams game in the first-ever game at SoFi Stadium; and the Monday Night Football opener featuring the Steelers and Giants.

The latter game is notable for its strong rating given 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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