NFL ratings soar after voting

NEW YORK (AP) — The first Sunday night after the election produced the highest NFL ratings since Week 2, with an average of 22.51 million viewers tuning in for Seattle’s 31-24 victory over New England.

NFL ratings have been on the decline this year. One theory has been the election; two presidential debates were held at the same time as prime-time NFL games, and some cable news networks reported soaring numbers in the buildup to last Tuesday’s balloting.

The Seahawks-Patriots game, a rematch of the Super Bowl from two seasons ago, drew a 12.7 rating — 11 percent better than last year’s Week 10 game.

The second half of the Fox doubleheader, featuring the Cowboys 35-30 win over the Steelers, drew a 17.8 overnight rating average — the highest-rated individual game of the season.

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