The opening game of the NFL's 2020-2021 season saw a 13% decrease in viewers from last year's season opener.
The game between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texas drew 19.3 million TV viewers on Thursday night. With streaming viewers included, the total viewers of Thursday's game amounted to 20.3 million viewers (as opposed to 22.75 million viewers in 2019's opener).
? ESPN confirmed it will broadcast when players protest and will air the "black national anthem" during upcoming games. Week 1 of the 2020-2021 NFL season continues on Sunday. The season's first Monday Night Football action is set for September 14.