The NFL did an incredible job at drawing television viewers this past season.
The Hollywood Reporter reported the following on the NFL’s ratings in 2018:
Nation - Pro-sports - League - Years - Ratings
The nation’s biggest pro-sports league has stopped two years of ratings declines. Through 16 weeks of the regular season, NFL games across all its TV partners — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network — are averaging 15.82 million viewers, up about 6 percent from the 2017 season. The NFL was easily the top draw on broadcast TV even in its recent down period, but as most entertainment programming has declined (see below), the rebound makes football’s relative position that much stronger.