Monday, May 20, 2024

Ratings: A Whopping 22 Million People Watched Tom Brady Beat the Patriots on their Field in the Rain



A whopping 22 million people are estimated to have watched Tom Brady beat his old team, the Patriots, on their field last night, in the rain.

NBC won the ratings night and then some. Brady’s Buccanneers took on the New England Patriots in an emotional and historic game. The Bucs won 19 to 17, and Brady hit a milestone for passing.

The end of the game was the best part, as Brady was overwhelmed by former Patriots colleagues, current players, everyone at Gillette Stadium. Even Bill Belichick begrudgingly came over for a sort of hug handshake nod.

That’s three million more than last week’s NFL on NBC. A number like 22 million is something from the old days when there were just seven channels on the TV and no internet. So people still watch TV sometimes!

Over on CBS, “60 Minutes” had almost 10 million viewers who watched the Facebook whistleblower tell us what really goes on over there. Today, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have all been knocked off line. Coincidence?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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