via press release:
CHIEFS-EAGLES HIGHEST-RATED THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME EVER ON NFL NETWORK WITH A 6.0 US HH RATING AND 9.4 MILLION VIEWERS
Ranking #1 in US HH Rating, Thursday Night Football Again Most-Watched Program Among all Shows on Broadcast & Cable TV
Through Two Thursday Games, Average Rating is Pacing +43% Versus 2012 Thursday Night Football Schedule
Last night’s Kansas City Chiefs-Philadelphia Eagles game on NFL Network delivered a 6.0 US HH rating (9.7 Cvg HH rating) and was watched by an average of 9.4 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in Kansas City and Philadelphia) – ranking it as the highest-rated Thursday Night Football telecast in NFL Network history.
Won by the Chiefs 26-16, the game telecast edged out the 2009 Cowboys-Saints (5.7) telecast to become the highest-rated game in NFL Network history. With an average of 9.4 million viewers, the Chiefs-Eagles telecast is the fourth-most viewed game on NFL Network behind the 49ers-Ravens in 2011 (10.7 million), Cowboys-Saints in 2009 (10.5 million) and Packers-Cowboys in 2007 (10.1 million).
The Chiefs-Eagles telecast topped last week’s Thursday Night Football’s 2013 opener between the Jets and Patriots (5.5 US HH Rating & 8.8 million viewers) and also grew by 34% in average viewership and 30% in US HH rating over the NFL Week 3 Thursday Night Football game from 2012 (Giants-Panthers, 4.6 US HH Rating, 7 million viewers).
Overall, the Chiefs-Eagles telecast was the No. 1 US HH rated program last night, making it Thursday’s most-watched program among all shows on broadcast and cable television, out-delivering NBC’s live finale of The Million Second Quiz and Fox’s The X-Factor.
Through two games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 5.7 US HH rating (+43% vs. 2012 average) and 9.1 million viewers (+42% 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 the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers travel to St. Louis to face the Rams in an NFC West showdown on September 26 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 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)
About NFL Network’s 2013 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 third season and are joined by Alex Flanagan, who enters her fourth year as the sideline reporter for NFL Network game telecasts.
Two hours before kickoff, NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff 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. Reporters Alex Flanagan and Stacey Dales provide pregame news reports from the locker rooms, as well as interviews with players and coaches. NFL Media’s national insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media’s Mike Silver are also on-location to provide the latest insight from around the league.
The Lexus Halftime Show and Postgame Show provide additional analysis live from inside the stadium each week on Thursday Night Football.
International award winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra is the opening music act for NFL Network’s 2013 Thursday Night Football schedule. Chopra’s track “In My City” will be featured as the new theme for Thursday Night Football, premiering at the opening of each of the 13-primetime Thursday Night games. Click here for a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Chopra’s Thursday Night Football opening: nfl.com/1dtPbvZ
Thursday Night Football on NFL Network will again be carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and in the city where the game is played, if the game is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff. NFL Network games are again available in Spanish via SAP this season. Roberto Abromowitz is NFL Network’s SAP announcer.
NFL Network 2013 Thursday Night Football Schedule
All games at 8:00 pm ET
- Week 2: 9/12 – New England Patriots 13 – New York Jets 10
- Week 3: 9/19 – Kansas City Chiefs 26 – Philadelphia Eagles 16
- Week 4: 9/26 – San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
- Week 5: 10/3 – Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns
- Week 6: 10/10 – New York Giants at Chicago Bears
- Week 7: 10/17 – Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
- Week 8: 10/24 – Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Week 9: 10/31 – Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins
- Week 10: 11/7 – Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
- Week 11: 11/14 – Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
- Week 12: 11/21 – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
- Week 14: 12/5 – Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Week 15: 12/12 – San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
For the entire 2013 NFL schedule, visit www.NFL.com.
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