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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