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.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    I assume these numbers are a little bit higher because of Peyton Manning’s return.

  2. madbengalsfan85 says:

    Honestly wasn’t expecting Manning to perform as well as he did…for someone who’s been out of football for a year, he was pretty damn good

  3. ReeseWinchester says:

    I still have no idea why people call this football! Plain stupid!

  4. im2insaine says:

    i’m with rebecca, renee and madbengalsfan85, those ratings had more to do with peyton’s return than anything …