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NFL regular-season ratings increase 10% over last season

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An extra week of games, close finishes and not being in an election year helped propel the NFL to its highest regular-season ratings in six years. The 272 regular-season games averaged 17.1 million viewers across television and digital platforms. That is a 10% increase over 2020 and is the league's highest average since 2015. ESPN's Monday Night Football saw the biggest increase as its 19-game package was up 16% over last year, averaging 14.18 million. It is the network's best regular-season viewership since 2010 and third best since 2006, when the package moved mainly to cable from ABC.