NFL TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Takes Another Dip in Week 5

by Quentin Blount

TV ratings for sporting events have been in the spotlight lately and NFL games have been no different. Viewership is dropping.

This past Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks Sunday Night Football game saw a drop in ratings from last week. Figures from show that 11.4 million viewers watched the Vikings and Seahawks game. Those numbers are down from a week ago when 11.7 million watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers.

With that said, the Seahawks and Vikings game was broadcasted at the same time of Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. reported that 5.6 million viewers tuned into that game.

Viewer Count for “Sunday Night Football:”

  • Week 5: 11.4 million
  • Week 4: 11.7 million
  • Week 3: 24 million
  • Week 2: 14.1 million
  • Week 1: 19.3 million

‘Thursday Night Football’ numbers down as well

Thursday Night Football ratings have offered mixed results as well. Week 5 was a matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, featuring a Super Bowl LII rematch of Tom Brady and Nick Foles on different teams. While the game outcompeted other television competition, it still fell short of ratings from last year. reported 10.1 million viewers tuned into the Bears and Bucs game. That, however, was a significant improvement from the prior week, where 5.4 million viewers watched the Denver Broncos play the New York Jets.

In comparison, the Thursday Night Week 5 Football game in 2019 between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams drew in 14.3 million viewers.

Nonetheless, the results from both Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football match a trend seen throughout the NFL season. While viewership may be down this year compared to last, the NFL is still dominating its competition.

The NBA has seen its ratings drop. The MLB has struggled to draw in high numbers during its playoffs. The NHL just had the least-watched Stanley Cup in more than ten years.

The NFL is losing viewers compared to previous years, but it is still holding strong compared to its peers.