Ratings: Thursday Night Football Kickoff Dips vs. 2014

Thursday Night Football Ratings

The season opener of Thursday Night Football, in which the Broncos bested the Chiefs, drew 19.1 million total viewers and a 6.7 demo rating across CBS and NFL Network, dipping 8 and 11 percent from last year’s kickoff game between the Ravens and Steelers (which amassed 20.7 mil/7.5).

Those numbers don’t compare to last Thursday’s NBC Sunday Night Football opener (which drew 24.4 mil and a 10.3 in the finals).

Broken down, TNF brought 15.3 mil/5.0 to CBS and 3.7 mil/1.7 to NFL Network.

Elsewhere, NBC’s Jeff Dunham special drew 6.4 mil/1.2, while the Mat Franco magic show did 5.5 mil/1.1.

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