Christmas Day television ratings were abysmal for the National Basketball Association, as its games failed to attract even a quarter of the viewers that the National Football League’s games did.
The NBA is presumably indignant with the statistics, given that basketball was the most-watched sport on Christmas in the past. However, according to Sports Media Watch, football has consistently outperformed its NFL counterparts on Christmas Day since the 1990s.
AS.com, a sports website, reported that the NFL scheduled three games for Christmas Day in contrast to the NBA’s five-game schedule.
Christmas was not traditionally a day for football. Prior to 2016, the NFL’s Christmas Day schedule comprised a mere 15 contests.
13 games were contested between 2017 and 2022, which is virtually the same number as before 2016.
It is worth noting that the NFL did not schedule a Christmas Day game until 1989.
The NBA, on the other hand, has annually hosted a sequence of Christmas Day games since its inception in 1947.
However, statistics do not deceive. With the NFL nearing its tinkling bell season, Americans are considerably more enthusiastic about it.
This year, tens of millions of eyes were drawn to televisions and screens by the NFL.
CBS and Nickelodeon combined their viewership for the NFL’s first game of Christmas Day, which featured the Las Vegas Raiders versus the Kansas City Chiefs, at 29.171 million.
The Christmas Day program received the highest viewership in the annals of CBS and was deemed “the highest-rated NFL game since 1989,” according to AS.com.
Sports Media Watch further stated that the Bengals-Vikings game of 1989, which averaged a 19.4 rating and 33.06 million viewers on ABC, was the previous highest-rated game.
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As to the other two pro football games, the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants on FOX earned 29 million viewers, while the San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens game on ESPN found itself with 27.1 million viewers, USA Today noted.
On the other hand, the woke NBA did not fare as well. CONTINUE READING…