Last night’s Hall of Fame Game between the Broncos and Falcons drew a 4.1 household rating, according to Rick Porter of the Hollywood Reporter. That is down 15 percent from last season’s 4.8.
The Hall of Fame Game is not a great representation of the league’s overall interest, though. Last season’s also came in at an all-time low and the NFL bounced back in a big way across all of the leauge’s windows. Strong ratings should be expected this season with a bevy of fascinating storylines projected. In particular, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.
To show how much the NFL is king, last year’s Hall of Fame Game averaged a larger audience than 226 of the 244 NBA games on ESPN, ABC, and TNT. We shall see how that compares to this year’s season.