Ratings: Sunday Night Football Tackles Record

It would appear you were ready for some football.

Sunday Night Football‘s season-premiere coverage of the Steelers-Broncos match-up drew an 18.0 rating/29 share in metered-market households, up 7 percent versus the year-ago Cowboys-Jets opener (16.9/27) and representing the best numbers ever for any primetime regular-season game on NBC.

That overnight rating also marks the best for any regular-season primetime NFL game on any network in more than 14 years (since Denver-San Francisco circa 12/15/97, which drew a 19.3).

Based on preliminary fast overnights, subject to change, the SNF premiere averaged 24.7 million total viewers and a 9.8 demo rating, mercilessly trouncing all comers.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football kicks off tonight at 7 pm.