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NFL opener between Eagles, Falcons nets lowest TV ratings in 10 years

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| Friday, September 7, 2018 10:09 a.m
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The Eagles' Rodney McLeod breaks up a pass intended for the Falcons' Eric Saubert during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 6, 2018 in Philadelphia.

The trend continues.

The weather-delayed kickoff of NFL season drew a 13.4 overnight TV rating, according to NBC, the league’s lowest rating in 10 years for a season-opener.

The game between the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons was delayed about a half hour because of severe weather around Philadelphia.

The Steelers-Patriots opening game in 2015 was the highest-rated season opener over the past six seasons at 17.7

The numbers have fallen each season since then.

NBC’s take is that the number is a good showing for a weather-delayed game that ended after midnight in the Eastern time zone — and it’s a number that does not include streaming.

Philadelphia was far and away the market with the highest rating, posting a 32.9

Alanta’s NFC South rival city, New Orleans, was the second-highest rated market at 24.6. Atlanta ranked third.

The rating was the league’s lowest since 2008, when the Giants-Redskins kickoff was pushed up to 7 p.m. to accommodate Sen. John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. That game has a 10.1 rating, according to Sports Media Watch.

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