'Thursday Night Football's' Saints-Falcons Tops 7 Million Viewers

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November 30th, 2012

via press release:


Ratings up 21% vs. Week 13 in 2011

Ranks as Thursday’s No. 1 Show on Cable


NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast of the Saints-Falcons game was watched by an average of 7.1 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in New Orleans and Atlanta) making it the most-watched program overall on cable TV for Thursday, Nov. 29.


The Saints-Falcons game delivered the highest Thursday Night Football audience since September 27th (Cleveland at Baltimore – 8.1 million viewers) and is the third most-watched of NFL Network’s expanded 13-game schedule in 2012. Compared to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football game in Week 13 of 2011, the rating (4.4) for the Saints-Falcons game is up +21% and viewers +19%. (Philadelphia at Seattle 12/1/11 – 3.6 US HH rating / 5.9 million viewers)


Through 11 games, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 4.1 US HH rating and 6.4 million viewers on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.


Thursday Night Football continues next week with one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries when four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 6 at 8:00 PM ET.


The Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show begins at 6:00 PM ET. All Thursday Night Football games are streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon with complementary online coverage via NFL.com/LIVE Thursday Night Football.


About NFL Network’s 2012 Thursday Night Football


Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock return to the Thursday Night Football broadcast booth for the second season and are joined by Alex Flanagan, who enters her third year as the sideline reporter.


Two hours before kickoff, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET, taking viewers right up to kickoff with analysis and the latest reports. Host Rich Eisen is joined by Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, and former head coach Steve Mariucci. Reporter Stacey Dales provides pregame news reports from the locker rooms, as well as interviews with players and coaches.


The Lexus Halftime Show and the Kay Jewelers Postgame Show provide additional analysis live from inside the stadium each week on Thursday Night Football.


Bollywood superstar and 2101 Records/Desi Hits!/ Interscope Records recording artist Priyanka Chopra is the featured artist for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show. Priyanka’s debut single “In My City,’ featuring will.i.am and produced by RedOne (Lady Gaga) and Brian Kennedy, is the music bed for the intro to Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman. For more information on Priyanka Chopra, please visit priyankachopramusic.com.


Leading in to every Thursday Night Football game, Grammy Award-winning artist Cee Lo Green sings the anthem entitled is “Blitzkrieg Bop” (I Love Football), set to The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The 90-second show open for each Thursday Night Football game features fan-sourced videos uploaded by fans. To submit videos, please visit www.nfl.com/fanchise.


Thursday Night Football on NFL Network was first broadcast in 2006.


NFL Network 2012 Thursday Night Football Schedule

All games at 8:00 pm ET

  • Week 2 - 9/13: Green Bay 23, Chicago 10
  • Week 3 - 9/20: New York Giants 36, Carolina Panthers 7
  • Week 4 - 9/27: Baltimore Ravens 23, Cleveland Browns 16
  • Week 5 - 10/4: St. Louis Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 3
  • Week 6 - 10/11: Tennessee Titans 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
  • Week 7 - 10/18: San Francisco 49ers 13, Seattle Seahawks 6
  • Week 8 - 10/25: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36, Minnesota Vikings 17
  • Week 9 - 11/1: San Diego Chargers 31, Kansas City Chiefs 13
  • Week 10 - 11/8: Indianapolis Colts 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
  • Week 11 - 11/15: Buffalo Bills 19, Miami Dolphins 14
  • Week 13 - 11/29: Atlanta Falcons 23, New Orleans Saints 13
  • Week 14 - 12/6: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
  • Week 15 - 12/13: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles

For the entire 2012 NFL schedule, visit www.NFL.com.


NFL Network broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon. For more information, log on to www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

  • bsp

    Falcons rule!!!! :^)

  • cc

    So, a new TBBT beats football too.

  • Adam


    Only because Thursday Night Football is on NFL Network which is no only cable but on most cable/satelite it doesnt even come on the basic package.

    If they where to put TNF on like NBC or ABC or FOX it would beat TBBT every week.

  • bsp

    In metro Atlanta, the game also aired on CW69 (WUPA). I would guess that the local ratings were substantial.

  • Ccemerson

    NBC needs to write the NFL a blank check or jump whatever hurdle they can to get the Thursday night game on their network next season. That would give them a win Sunday, Mondays and Tuesday w/The Voice. And they could really focus on making Weds. and Friday a stronger night. Plus with NFL consuming alot of holes in the beginning of the season they could introduce new shows later in the season vs. all in the fall. It would give new shows a better Platform for advertising and would not be competing with the other three networks all competing for eyeballs in September. Second it would greatly reduce gaps between new episodes and reduce reruns. NFL and The Voice till early December. Three weeks of filler/holiday themed programming. Then January thru May run with little or no reruns. The price may be high for the rights to the NFL but it will reward them and set them on the right course to steer this ship that has been sinking and drifting for many, many seasons to come.

  • David

    NBC doesn’t make much money from Sunday Night Football so it wouldn’t do them any good to have Thursday Night Football. They could profit more if they were able to get it on NBC Sports.

  • ccemerson

    Bragging rights to say they win on Sundays and Thursdays, plus plug holes on nights they have hard struggles with. Also Thursdays are BIG advertising revenues with new movies opening Friday.

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