NFL Network's 'Thursday Night Football' Delivers a 5.0 US Household Rating and 7.8 Million Viewers

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October 11th, 2013

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via press release:

NFL NETWORK’S THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DELIVERS A 5.0 US HH rating AND 7.8 MILLION VIEWERS

 

Thursday’s No. 1 Show on Cable –

Rating & Viewership for ‘Thursday Night Football’ 28% Higher than Game 5 of AL Division Series between Tigers & A’s

 

Through Five Thursday Games, Average Rating is Pacing +28% Versus 2012 ‘Thursday Night Football’ Schedule

 

Last night’s New York Giants-Chicago Bears game on NFL Network delivered a 5.0 US HH rating and was watched by an average of 7.8 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in New York and Chicago). Won by the Bears 27-21, the telecast topped last week’s Thursday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns by 19% in rating (4.2) and 13% in viewership (6.9 M).

 

Giants-Bears was Thursday’s most-watched program among all shows on cable and topped the MLB AL Division Series Game 5 on TBS by nearly 1.7 million viewers (Detroit Tigers at Oakland A’s: 3.9 US HH rating, 6.1 million viewers).

 

Through five games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 5.1 US HH rating (+28% vs. 2012 average) and 8.1 million viewers (+27% vs. 2012 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.

 

Thursday Night Football continues next week as quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks travel to the desert to face wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West showdown on October 17 at 8:00 PM ET. The Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show begins at 6:00 PM ET.

 

All Thursday Night Football games are available in their entirety on NFL Mobile from Verizon with complementary online coverage via NFL.com/LIVE Thursday Night Football. Additionally, TNF Xtra is a free, downloadable feature on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app which offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast.

 

This year marks the eighth season of live regular season primetime games on NFL Network. Last year’s edition of Thursday Night Football was the most-watched in the network’s history with a record average of 7.3 million viewers per game, marking the fourth consecutive year that Thursday Night Football has set an all-time high viewership mark for NFL Network. Each week of the 2012 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network’s game telecast was the most-watched program on cable TV that day.

 

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

 

(Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live + Same Day viewing)

 
  • Baseball4Ever

    I LOVE BASEBALL….

  • Daw Johnson

    Weird that a game between two marquee teams from two of the 3 largest cities in the US…one that actually got close…performed below the season average.

  • Edward

    I’ve always challenged the conventional thinking that if it isn’t big market. It won’t draw. Especially, in football. Green Bay, Denver and Dallas smaller markets are probably more pound for pound better draws….

  • E

    Thursday Night Football is going to put a big dent in the post season baseball ratings and viewership. Football is on Sunday, Monday and Thursday Nights. If the World Series goes 7 games, baseball will be going up against football on 4 out of 7 games. Does not bode well for MLB ratings.

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