Note these numbers do NOT include any of the viewing on local affiliates in New York and Cincinnati which carried the game.
via press release:
BENGALS-JETS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
MOST-WATCHED NFL NETWORK THANKSGIVING GAME
Thursday Night Football viewership on record pace,
up 37 percent from 2009
Last night’s Cincinnati Bengals-New York Jets game on NFL Network was watched by an average of 7.1 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in Cincinnati and New York) – to rank as the most-watched Thanksgiving game in the five seasons of Thursday Night Football.
NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football is averaging 5.9 million cable viewers this season — its best mark through three games and up 37 percent from last year (4.3 million viewers).
With 7.1 million viewers (not including OTAs), Bengals-Jets is the third-most watched game in the five years of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network behind Dallas-New Orleans on Dec. 19, 2009 (10.5 million viewers) and Green Bay-Dallas on Nov. 29, 2007 (10.1 million viewers).
Thursday Night Football continues with the Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles next Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 PM ET. The Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show begins at 6:00 PM ET.
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