The story of the 2019 NFL season is that ratings are up. The downside risk is that some of the best-known quarterbacks in the league are now out with injuries.
The first Sunday of the season saw Fox draw its highest ratings in three years for “America’s Game of the Week,” which is in the 4:25 p.m. window. The Dallas Cowboys’ 35-17 victory over the New York Giants drew 23.9 million viewers.
That was an increase of 2.5 percent from last year and the best performance for an opening weekend since 2016. Other games in that window included the San Francisco 49ers at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals hosting the Detroit Lions.
Fox’s early window, which is centered around regional coverage, drew 12.6 million that day, up slightly from last year and its best in that time window since 2016.
Week Two also saw an increase in ratings from last year, as CBS had a 9.9 rating for its single-game window, a 19 percent increase, while Fox’s double-header averaged a 13.6 overnight rating.
It also saw two high-profile quarterbacks suffer serious injuries, as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger sustained an elbow wound and Drew Brees of the the New Orleans Saints tore ligaments in his thumb that can keep him out up to two months.