Ratings: Sunday Night Football Has Huge Kick-Off, Big Brother Rises

Sunday Night Football Ratings

NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Thursday night kicked off its new season with big numbers — 26.9 million total viewers and a 10.2 rating (per finals).

As such, it was up 7 percent from last year’s opening game and ranks as the third-most watched NFL Kickoff game in the 13-year history of the event.

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Facing off against football, ABC’s double-pump of The Quest averaged 1.85 mil and a 0.5 — more or less on par with last week’s numbers.

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CBS’ Big Brother meanwhile did 6.5 mil and a 2.2, up 12 and 10 percent week-to-week.

NEXT THURSDAY: NBC’s The Biggest Loser, CBS’ Thursday Night Football and Syfy’s Haven (which now is airing at 8/7c) all premiere.

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8 Comments
  1. ABC’s Shondaland marathon line-up on Thursdays is gonna take a huge hit versus the CBS NFL games.

    • torimelching says:

      Everything is going to take a hit for those 8 games. I still think next year CBS will air all 16 which they will have the right to.

      • drhenning says:

        NFL will be simulcasting on NFL Network the first half games also on CBS and will go it alone for the back half using the same crew but only shown on NFL Network… The purpose of all this is to grow that network… But I’m sure CBS money might convince them to keep em all on CBS in Prime Time… This might also cause the end of good ESPN Thursday college football games… The best one this year will be FSU at Louisville..

        • torimelching says:

          CBS had the option this year to air all the games and chose not to. But they are producing all of them. The NFL Network is a joke and I think the NFL knows that and that is why they were willing to make a deal with someone. The NFL holds the option for the 2015 with CBS. I fully expect them to use that option. Way way more people will get to watch football on CBS than the NFL Network. As much as I don’t care for Jim Nantz and Phil Simms I am glad I get them for all 16 games instead of the horrible announcers on NFL Network.

  2. torimelching says:

    Is Haven only airing at 8pm on Thursdays for the month of Sept. then moving back to 10 on Thursday, when Smackdown moves to Thursday?

  3. Moment says:

    The Football had a huge adjustment up, final numbers have it at 26.91 million, 10.2/32 18-49/share.