Raiders win over Chiefs was the most-watched NFL Christmas Day game since 1989

Dec 27, 2023, 9:09 AM

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) carries the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders durin...

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 25: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) carries the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL football game on December 25, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 20-14. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)

An NFL Christmas Day game reached just under 30 million viewers, but it wasn’t the primetime matchup between the 49ers and Ravens. According to CBS, the Las Vegas Raiders win over the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 29.171 million viewers, the most since 1989.

The evening game between San Francisco and Baltimore averaged 27.2 million viewers. The Chiefs and Raiders peaked at 37.163 million viewers and became the most-watched Christmas Day program ever for CBS.

In the matchup, the Raiders defense was able to dominate Patrick Mahomes, scoring two touchdowns in seven seconds off the Chiefs offense.

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While the Raiders and Chiefs were able to dominate Christmas Day in 2023, it sounds like the league will take a holiday break in 2024. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hans Schroeder, the NFL’s executive vice president of media distribution, says the league won’t schedule games on Tuesday or Wednesday. Christmas in 2024 lands on a Wednesday.

What is the upcoming schedule for the Raiders?

  • Sunday, Dec. 31st @ Indianapolis Colts – 10 a.m.
  • Vs. Denver Broncos – TBD

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