First Live-Streamed NFL Regular Season Game Sees Good Viewership
2 Nov, 2015
The NFL's first-ever live-streamed regular season game pulled down high, but not quite U.S. TV-caliber, viewing numbers.
According to an article in MediaPost, Yahoo! stated that 15.2 million global viewers watched the game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars in London. About 66% of those came from the U.S. -- around 10 million.
By comparison, Fox is averaging a Nielsen 19.93 million viewers for its Sunday afternoon broadcast of games. CBS is at 18.2 million viewers, followed by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at 23.9 million viewers; CBS/NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” with 18.1 million; and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” at 13.5 million.
According to reports, Yahoo said it sold out its TV ad inventory, but at much lower TV advertising prices than U.S. networks charged -- as low as $50,000 in some cases.
The Sunday game broadcast live from London started at 9:35 a.m. ET., and ended around 1 p.m. Yahoo paid an estimated $15 million for the rights to the game, signing up around 30 advertisers.
Read the full article here.