Ratings: Thursday Night Football Sacked By Blowout, Loser Hits Low

Thursday Night Football Ratings

The Atlanta Falcons’ 56-14 blowout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put the hurt on Thursday Night Football‘s numbers, as well.

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CBS’ broadcast of the game this Thursday drew 9.2 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating (per fast nationals), down 42 and 40 percent from last week’s prelim numbers.

Because you were wondering: TNF kicked off at 8:30 pm with 10.5 mil and a 7.6, then dropped to 7.6 mil/2.9 during the 10:30 half-hour. (As a colleague on Twitter quipped, “Surely the other networks are like, ‘This game couldn’t have aired next week?'”)

Over on NBC, The Biggest Loser (4.6 mil/1.3) shed 15 and 19 percent from its season opener, hitting a series low, while a Mysteries of Laura pilot encore did 4 mil/0.8 (besting the night’s other five drama repeats).

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  1. ninamags says:

    What a pathetic showing. I thought they were going to have better teams on these Thursdays.

    TB and Atlanta? Really?

    I bet CBS wished they were showing a repeat of BBT.

  2. Kristina says:

    Wondering if college football impacted it?

  3. John NYC says:

    Really, by the half I was hoping there was an NFL “Mercy” rule….