Four KC Chiefs games were among the top 11 TV shows of 2021


Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is heading for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Chiefs beat the Bills 38 -24 and will return to the Super Bowl.

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Part of that can be attributed to the success of the Kansas City Chiefs, but part of it is likely due to quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ fame.

Whatever the reason, four of the Chiefs’ 2021 games were among the 11 most-watched U.S. TV shows of the year.

Number 1 on the list is probably easy to guess – it’s Super Bowl LV. Almost 92 million people logged in and watched the Buccaneers defeat the Chiefs 31-9.

The Chiefs’ 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game is third on the list, and KC’s 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns in an AFC s division game. ‘is ranked sixth.

The only top-12 game that wasn’t a postseason competition or played on a holiday was the Chiefs’ 19-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 21.

No other team has played four games among the top dozen most viewed. Here is the list from Sportico, who compiled the numbers.

If you’ve ever doubted soccer is king in America, a look at the Top 100 shows shows that 82 were soccer games, 75 of which involved NFL teams.

Other sports broadcasts in the top 100: the Olympics (10) and university basketball (two).

Only one Wild Card Game made it into the top 12: the Saints’ 21-9 victory over the Chicago Bears, and that was likely fueled by its airing on Nickelodeon as well as CBS.

This story was originally published January 7, 2022 10:57 am.

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