The Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers Week 12 game as supposed to be played on Thanksgiving Night but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the game was moved not once, not twice but three times and was eventually played on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m.
Despite the odd timing for an NFL game, the Ravens-Steelers still pulled in great viewership, with 11.4 million viewers tuning to see Robert Griffin III and the Ravens B-squad take on the Steelers.
In comparison, the 2020 NBA Finals averaged nearly half of what the Ravens-Steelers playing on Wednesday afternoon. The NBA Finals were averaging 6.71 million viewers after three games and attracted an audience of 7.54 million for game four and 5.7 million for game five. Based on the reported figures, the average viewership across the entire series was just over 6.4 million.
The NBA does have a serious ratings problem but one thing is for certain — football is alive and well.