The Chiefs’ 42-27 victory over the Patriots on Thursday night was the most-watched program in three months, according to Nielsen ratings reported by NBC.
The game averaged a total audience of 22.2 million viewers, with 21.8 million watching on television and another 355,000 via live streaming.
The game was television’s most watched program since Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June.
But the game drew fewer viewers than last year’s opener, a Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers that attracted 25.2 million.
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The top five local markets for Thursday’s game were Providence, R.I. (35.6 rating 55 share), Kansas City (35.5/55), Boston (35.0/59), Denver (20.6/38) and New Orleans (20.4/29).