Thursday Night Football Ratings

Ratings: Thursday Night Football Kickoff Dips vs. 2014

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.

COMING NEXT THURSDAY: The season premieres of Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal, plus the series premieres of Heroes Reborn and The Player.

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    What a thrilling victory for the Broncos right until the very end and Peyton Manning was like the comeback kid for his team just like what happen against the Ravens.

  2. Maria says:

    I’ve been following Peyton’s career since he was at Univ of Tennessee. What a joy to watch a future Hall of Fame qb in action.

  3. Bill P says:

    That’s a weird comment about “those numbers won’t compare to last Thursday’s NBC Sunday Night Football opener,” which was on Thursday night. Why should they compare? Apples and oranges. Last week’s game involved the Patriots, who always rate higher. Secondly, wasn’t last nights game also simulcast on the NFL Network? That would naturally dilute the viewership on CBS. Am I missing something here in the comparison?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      That’s a fair cop. Everyone read what “Bill P” noted above.

      • argenbill says:

        It would be interesting to find out how many people watch the game on the NFL Network to make a more valid comparison, also to find out how much CBS is really helping boost the NFL Network’s viewership. By the way, Matt, I always read your stories and reviews because I find them fair, balanced and on point.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          The rub here is that NFL Network is what we call “cable,” so there’s that infamous waiting game. But now the numbers are in…

          CBS: 15.3 million
          NFL: 3.7 million