NEW YORK — The Eye web gave back some Nielsen yardage Sunday as ratings for week two of the net’s NFL coverage took a mild hit compared to year-ago numbers.
CBS averaged an 8.2 rating and a 19 share for its regional pigskin showdowns, according to overnight Nielsen data released yesterday. That’s down 23% from the 10.7/23 NBC averaged with regional coverage during week two of the NFL season last year, but up 3% from the 7.9/19 overnight number CBS scored during week one.
In fairness, NBC’s year-ago regional average includes ratings for a 4 p.m. Denver Broncos game that the Peacock broadcast to an atypically high percentage of the country, thus boosting the web’s overall regional average.
Over at Fox, week two brought mixed results. Regional coverage on the web averaged an 11.8/27, down 15% from year-ago levels. Fox’s national 4 p.m. game, however, earned a 15.1/31 — up 3% year-to-year.
Fox also won the battle of the pregame shows, with its more established broadcast scoring a 3.9/11 vs. a 2.5/7 for “The NFL Today” on CBS.