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Chiefs-Patriots clash draws lowest TV ratings for an NFL opener since 2009

Chiefs-Patriots clash draws lowest TV ratings for an NFL opener since 2009
Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt scores on a four-yard run against the New England Patriots on Sept. 7. (Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

The NFL opened the 2017 season Thursday night to its lowest television ratings in eight years.

NBC’s broadcast of the Kansas City Chiefs’ stunning 42-27 upset of the New England Patriots drew an overnight rating of 14.6. That’s down nearly 12% from the 16.5 posted by the Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers season kickoff from a year ago.

That’s bad news for the NFL since the ratings had also dropped for the 2016 opener, down approximately 7% from the 17.7 rating posted the previous year, when the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers played in the first game of the season.

This year’s opening-night ratings are the lowest since 2009, when the Steelers and Tennessee Titans drew a 12.8 rating.

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