Thursday Night Football Ratings

Ratings: Thursday Night Football Opens Down vs. 2015, Beast Flat With Finale

CBS and NFL Network’s combined coverage of the Thursday Night Football match-up between the Jets and Bills on Thursday averaged 15.4 million total viewers and a 5.4 demo rating (per finals), down 27 and 28 percent from the networks’ broadcast of last year’s kickoff game between the Broncos and Chiefs.

The night’s only other fresh broadcast programming — The CW’s Beauty and the Beast series finale — drew 700,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating, clutching onto the series-low demo number it maintained for all of Season 4.

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  1. c-mo says:

    National NFL coverage on CBS just isn’t as good as NBC, Al & Cris are the best team on TV. Besides, last night’s game was between two somewhat ho-hum teams. And even though last year’s game turned into a blowout the Broncos are usually a pretty safe bet as a ratings draw.

    • KLS says:

      I totally agree about the boring matchup and last year’s Broncos-Chiefs had a better pre-game appeal, but I have to draw the line with NBC being called the best network/broadcast team. Can’t stand Chris C. and Al is getting anoying. As long as you turn the sound off and ignore their analysis you can get through it. (IMHO of course)

  2. KLS says:

    I don’t understand the ratings comparisons. Last night’s night game was not the season opener for either team or for Thursday Night Football on the NFL network for 2016. A better comparison would have been last Thursday to last night or last Thursday to last year. Or are you trying to compare Thursday Night Football on CBS vs Thursday Night Football on NBC?

  3. iakovos says:

    If The CW’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was played in a forest, would there be a sound? This series was wrong from the get-go, but heck if it did not last four seasons! Go figure!!!

  4. TraciWallz says:

    It’s down because the NFL has given other outlets to watch the games other than sitting at home in front of a television. Thurs games are even streamed on twitter now. Twitter audience was huge.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      “The average digital audience for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL’s season opener across Twitter, NFL Mobile from Verizon, Watch NFL Network, NFL Game Pass (International) and authenticated users on CBS Digital platforms users was 314,000.” (Press release)

  5. Mark says:

    You mean don’t bring up anthem protests to please the liberal press. Sorry the protests are wrong.

  6. PatriciaLee says:

    The husband has been lamenting that ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown has lousy chemistry, now. my words. his words: “The new guys are just like robots. Keyshawn Johnson used to make you feel so happy. Just look at his smile. The guys they have on now are not very good. They never smile, and they don’t know what they are talking about, even. I’m never going to watch it again. I used to love that show, but I don’t watch it now.” This he told me after he had me spend the evening looking up articles to help figure out why Cris Carter, Mike Dikta, and Ray Lewis were no longer on the Countdown show. I happened to spot this article, and I thought it might be a good place to share his comments. There might be reasons for falling football viewership. And this might be one of them.