Opposite the Olympics and relegated to NFL Network, the first Hall of Fame Game in two years did not garner much of an audience Sunday night.
The 2012 NFL Hall of Fame Game, pitting the Saints against the Cardinals, drew just 1.971 million viewers on NFL Network Sunday night — down 83% from Cowboys/Bengals on NBC in 2010 (11.438M), and down 75% from Bills/Titans on NBC in 2009 (7.920M).
Last year’s Hall of Fame Game was canceled due to the NFL owners’ lockout of players.
Sunday’s telecast, which aired opposite the Olympics on NBC, drew fewer viewers than rain delay coverage of the NASCAR Pennsylvania 400 on ESPN (2.395M).
(This year’s viewership from TV By the Numbers)