Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium has been one of New England’s most anticipated regular season games. Ultimately, a good chunk of Providence tipped on Sunday night to watch Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Patriots.
According to NBC Sports, Providence recorded the highest rating ever recorded by NBC Sunday Night Football with 45.1% of televisions in town watching the Patriots-Buccaneers game.
Providence walked away with an HH rating of 45.1 with a share of 73. This means that of all households with TVs, 73% had their TVs on and 45.1% of those households were watching Brady’s Return to Foxboro. Boston came in second with an HH rating of 43.8 with a share of 70, which is the third highest rating of all time on NBC Sunday Night Football. Tampa was third with a score of 27.1 HH on a share of 51 and it’s their highest score ever.
People got their money’s worth as Brady and Mac Jones put on an entertaining night with four different head changes in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Buccaneers won, 19-17, when Patriots kicker Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal attempt with 55 seconds left.
Much of the nation has seen it happen.
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Best ratings for SNF since 2012
According to NBC, the Patriots-Buccaneers game reached 28.5 million viewers with more than a third of American TVs watching the game on Sunday night. Overall, this is the second most-watched NBC Sunday Night football game since 2012 and the second of all time. The record is the 2012 Week 17 game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington where the winner would claim the NFC East title and go to the playoffs. This game had 30.3 million views as of December 12, 2012.
Overall, the game has averaged 27.2 million views across the country. It’s the biggest program since Super Bowl LV last February.
It turns out that Providence led the way.