A full house of 50,023 fans inside Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany, watched the Kansas City Chiefs top the Miami Dolphins 21-14 during Week 9 NFL action Sunday. Many, many, many more tuned in back in the United States on television.
According to Sports Media Watch, the NFL's second-ever International Series game in Germany drew a 4.8 average rating and 9.18 million total viewers for the NFL Network broadcast Sunday morning, which began at 9:30 a.m. ET. It is the most-watched morning game since the Dolphins and New York Jets drew 9.86 million viewers for their 2015 London game, and it is the most-watched morning game ever broadcast on NFL Network, topping the 5.5 million viewers who tuned into watch the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Munich last season.
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The Chiefs’ win delivered the second-largest NFL audience on cable this season, trailing the ESPN and ESPN2 portion of Bills-Jets in Week 1 (10.96M). Keep in mind that only two 'Monday Night Football' games have aired exclusively on the ESPN networks thus far — and both overlapped with a competing matchup on ABC.
As you can imagine, the game drew a massive audience in Kansas City alone, as Sports Business Journal's John Ourand noted:
Yesterday morning’s Chiefs game posted an incredible 94 share in Kansas City.
That means that 94% of the TVs in use were tuned to the Chiefs-Dolphins game.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) November 6, 2023
The game's total rating ranked behind the Week 1 Buffalo Bills-New York Jets matchup on "Monday Night Football" and the Colorado State-Colorado matchup Sept. 16 as the most-watched cable sporting events since Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in May.