The Week 1 opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans drew 19.3 million viewers, which is a drop of 12.3 percent from the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears to open the 2019 season.
In early numbers, the primetime NBC game scored a 5.2 among adults 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. ET.
The NFL is facing more competition this year as the NBA and NHL playoffs are competing for eyeballs. Total sports viewership is up in 2020 compared to 2019 while individual games are down.