Ratings: Thursday Night Football Is a Big Win for CBS, Loser Returns Down

Thursday Night Football Ratings

CBS’ premiere telecast of Thursday Night Football on Thursday night drew a 20.8 million total viewers and a 7.5 demo rating (per finals).

Folding in pre-game coverage, CBS drew 19.4 mil and a 6.9 for the night — its best primetime Thursday audience since Nov. 8, 2007 (Survivor, CSI/Without a Trace crossover episodes) and its best primetime Thursday demo delivery (among 18-49) since March 9, 2006 (Survivor, CSI, Without a Trace).

TNF‘s game numbers are down 22 and 26 percent from NBC’s week-ago Sunday Night Football kick-off, however.

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Facing off against football — and on a new night — NBC’s Biggest Loser (5.4 mil/1.6) was down 25 and 30 percent.

ABC’s two-hour Quest finale (1.8 mil/0.5) was flat.

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  1. Carla Krae says:

    The Quest might not have Nielsen viewers, but there’s definitely a Quest Army of fans! This show is what a reality competition show should be – no drama, backstabbing, talking smack kind of immature crap. The paladins were encouraged to be the best of themselves.

    • Et al says:

      It was a cute show with great production values. I didn’t even realize until last night they weren’t actually competing for anything. Lol.

    • Moment says:

      I disagree. Christian even admits to picking a team to fail because he thought his friends would save him(Shows poor sportsmanship there among other things). Also you then have the mini alliances which were going on which resulted on some decent contestants being voted off. It was a typical reality series in a fantasy setting.

      • Carla Krae says:

        Christian was the only one that did any crap, though. As for people bonding, that’s natural, it happens. But overall, the show focused on saving Everrealm, and not climbing over each other for some greedy prize.

        • Moment says:

          Because the Everrealm thing was part of the overall plot of the show. And yes you’re right about the bonding but many things in this show was typical reality tv. The alliances were the main thing you see on pretty much any show out there, some contestants weren’t voting for what’s best for ‘Everrealm’ but were more thinking of their friendships first and foremost. Some people were carried longer than they should be.

          I enjoyed the show regardless, and it was a little different from your average reality show.

  2. Dean says:

    I think its cuz Baltimore was playing and NFL fans wanted to see if the superbowl champs still had a-game.

  3. FJ2 says:

    Isn’t 15 million a little low for NFL? How do they determine ratings for events like these when there are probably so many people watching in bars and in groups? I ant see the numbers ever being close to accurate