With just a few days until the NFL’s free agency period opens on July 1, there’s still plenty of time for you to tune in to the league’s games, whether you’re an avid fan or just want to catch up on the action.
In fact, according to new research from The Accenture Group, the number of people watching each of the NFL games on television and online has increased from 5.9 million in 2020 to 6.6 million in 2019.
Here are some of the big takeaways from the Accenture report, which examines the TV viewership and digital audience of the league.1.
The NFL’s TV audience is growing at a faster rate than the overall American audience.
The league’s TV viewership grew 8% in 2019, compared to 7% in 2020.
This growth is especially notable given the NFL is set to begin a five-year, $2.7 billion broadcast deal with the network NBC.
According to the Accent Group, in 2020, viewers on TV watched 4.1 million of the 11.5 million live games on broadcast networks.
By 2019, the average viewership of NFL games increased by nearly 7%.2.
The most popular sports leagues are still struggling.
The top two sports leagues remain the NFL and MLB, with the AFL-CIO’s AFLW League League USA and the American Association of State and County Attorneys’ Association’s AASAC Association League America, respectively, each growing by fewer than 1% each year.
The second-most popular sport in 2019 was golf, with a growth of 2%.3.
There are fewer fans watching online.
In 2020, just 6.4 million people watched at least one live game on television, down from 10.1% in 2021.
In 2019, 5.8 million people did so, down by nearly 11%.4.
The average number of fans watching each NFL game increased by 5% during the 2019-2020 season.5.
The ACC’s ACC Network is the most popular sport on broadcast TV, with an average of nearly 6.8 people watching a live game.
The next-most-popular sport, the National Basketball Association (NBA), was only at 4.7 people watching.6.
Most NFL fans are over-50.
The median age of NFL fans has increased by 8.3 years over the past five years, from 35 to 39 years old.7.
Fans of NBA teams are still more likely to watch the league on broadcast than on television.
The highest-rated NFL games were aired on ESPN on average and on ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, and ESPN2.
This season, there were more than 50 million viewers of NFL and NFL Network games on network TV, up from about 50 million in 2018.8.
The largest increase in NFL viewership was in the Northeast.
The New York Jets had the most viewers, averaging more than 4.4m viewers, and the Washington Redskins averaged 3.9m.9.
The greatest increase in viewership for the NFL was for the Atlanta Falcons.
The team averaged 6.3 million viewers per game in 2019 and 6.7 million in 2021, up by 6% and 7%, respectively.10.
NFL fans love the team they watch.
Fans have watched NFL games at a higher rate than any other major sports league.
This year, fans were more likely than fans of any other sport to watch an NFL game on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox and CBS.
The best-rated football games aired on NBC, ESPN, and ABC, with ESPN averaging 4.9, 3.7, 3, and 3.3 viewers respectively.11.
The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event on television every year.
Super Bowl XLIX is the largest live sporting event in history, taking place in the Rose Bowl on Feb. 6.
It drew more than 6 million fans to Pasadena, California, which was the largest city in the U.S. for the day.
Fans were more interested in watching the game than the actual games, as they watched the championship on TV more than the game itself.12.
There’s an enormous gap between how many people watch NFL games and how many have been watching football in the past.
In 2018, the league averaged a million fans a game.
This was a record-breaking year for a live sporting activity.
In 2022, NFL games averaged 1.4 billion viewers.13.
Fans watch their favorite teams in the Super Bowl.
Fans watched the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears play in Super Bowl LI, as well as the New York Giants, the Atlanta Braves, the Seattle Seahawks, and other teams that made the playoffs.14.
Fans are increasingly buying tickets for Super Bowl 50.
In 2021, Super Bowl tickets were sold out, but this year, more people were signing up to attend the event.
Fans still love their teams, but they are more likely now to buy tickets for the