Thursday Night Football gets strong rating on CBS, NFL Network

AP

Thursday night’s Patriots-Buccaneers game generated a strong rating for CBS and NFL Network.

The game had a combined 11.1 overnight rating, up 26 percent from the Thursday night game in Week Five of last season, which also aired on both CBS and NFL Network.

Apples-to-apples year-to-year comparisons of Thursday Night Football ratings are a little difficult because the league makes changes about which games air exclusively on NFL Network and which games are also on a broadcast network, either CBS or NBC. But generally speaking, Thursday night ratings this year are up, when comparing NFL Network-only games this year to NFL Network-only games last year, and when comparing broadcast network games this year to broadcast network games last year.

There’s been much hand-wringing about NFL ratings over the last two years, but there’s little doubt that the NFL remains the most-watched programming on American television.

51 responses to “Thursday Night Football gets strong rating on CBS, NFL Network

  1. I don’t believe it for one second. We’ll see what the sponsors independent numbers look like. Networks fudging numbers happens all the time. The league and their sponsors still won’t get another dime from me until they decide to respect my flag.

  2. Watched again this week via Amazon on my iPad. I like being able to just click the Amazon app and one more click and there’s the game. Easy. And I can watch it anywhere with no requirement for a TV provider. I’m already a Prime Member at Amazon; NFL games make it even better. 🙂

  3. It’s the overall drop in interest and popularity of the NFL that’s important. The ratings for the local games, NFL merchandise sales, etc. are a more reliable indicator of fan interest than national games. What about the fan who watched the game but was only half as interested as before? It’s all about trends. I know for myself I have slowly lost interest in the NFL over the past 10 years as the game and players have changed.

  4. Pats got away with that win. Ratings for Pats games aren’t going to be so great anymore. They aren’t even a top 15 team.

  5. Last sunday the league said they were up 1%. When the independent numbers came out they were down 19%. Who do I believe?

  6. “The league and their sponsors still won’t get another dime from me until they decide to respect my flag.”

    Can anyone explain why these people who proclaim to be done with the NFL won’t just go away?

  7. helldog33 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

    First time in awhile there was actually a competitive game scheduled on TNF.
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    I guess you missed the game last week.

  8. willycents says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Last sunday the league said they were up 1%. When the independent numbers came out they were down 19%. Who do I believe?
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    All these numbers are just made up, so it doesn’t really matter who you believe.

    That said, the NFL has zero credibility, so I wouldn’t believe them even if I knew what they told me was true.

  9. jackodn says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Can anyone explain why these people who proclaim to be done with the NFL won’t just go away?
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    For the same reason that all of the entertainers, that said they would, never moved out of the country after Trump was elected. They were just being drama queens.

  10. Personally, I hate the color rush uniforms, worse than high school in my mind, but the color rush the Patriots wore last night was not too bad.

    I too think there is Patriot blood in the water. They just don’t seem to be as sharp as normal this year, except for Brady.

  11. “Watched again this week via Amazon on my iPad. I like being able to just click the Amazon app and one more click and there’s the game. Easy. And I can watch it anywhere with no requirement for a TV provider.”

    Yeah because you can see all the details so well on the small Ipad screen lolz.

    First they want people to buy huge flatscreen TVs to have such a “great viewing experience”, but now they want us all to watch games on tiny phone and tablet screens.

    The one and only time I watched a streamed game was last year when the Pats were playing on Thursday and I was on a flight to Asia. In that setting it was nice to be able to buy the flight wifi and watch the twitter stream of the game.

    But at home with the option of a large flat screen ? No thanks to tiny screens.

  12. The only valid argument for the rise is the matchups. Last year was Cardinals and Niners… don’t see many people excited about that. Any National Patriots game is ratings gold, just saying

  13. red says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:16 am
    Pats got away with that win. Ratings for Pats games aren’t going to be so great anymore. They aren’t even a top 15 team.
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    Yet you and the rest of the troll brigade will be tuned in praying for a loss while sticking pins in your Pats doll, lol.

  14. “The league and their sponsors still won’t get another dime from me until they decide to respect my flag.”
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    Technically it’s “OUR” flag.

  15. ackodn says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:30 am
    “The league and their sponsors still won’t get another dime from me until they decide to respect my flag.”

    Can anyone explain why these people who proclaim to be done with the NFL won’t just go away?
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    With all my new found free time I’m going spend it irritating the anti American idiots that ruined the game.

  16. Flag guys. Just go away. Game was decent. Brady won’t last with those hits. Chung’s deceptive holding/good defense was the saving grace for the Patriots secondary. Seems like Amendola and Hogan have resurrected Edelman’s cajones. They play tough. I didn’t like Romo as a QB, but I dig him as a color guy. Famous couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat (last night), D. Jax showed some toughness, and Martin was possessed. I’ve learned not to doubt the Patriots, so we will see how the season shakes out for both teams. If the Bucs’ can get the timing together, that offense could be lethal.

  17. I hate to say this, but as a Patriots fan, I think our enemies (the rest of you) smell blood in the water.

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    As a Bills fan, can confirm…then again, the Patriots have a pretty easy schedule. Even if you guys drop every game I expect to be competitive, the Pats are still a 9-7 or 10-6 team. Barring something going catastrophically wrong in the next few weeks, they end up with 12+ wins again.

    On the other hand, the Bills have a lot of tough games left and can easily “Bills this up” if we arent careful

  18. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    October 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    As a Bills fan, can confirm…then again, the Patriots have a pretty easy schedule. Even if you guys drop every game I expect to be competitive, the Pats are still a 9-7 or 10-6 team. Barring something going catastrophically wrong in the next few weeks, they end up with 12+ wins again.
    On the other hand, the Bills have a lot of tough games left and can easily “Bills this up” if we arent careful
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    (sigh) With the exception of the two games where the Pats play 1st place teams and the Bills play 3rd place teams they have the same schedule.

  19. harrisonhits2 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

    First they want people to buy huge flatscreen TVs to have such a “great viewing experience”, but now they want us all to watch games on tiny phone and tablet screens.
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    Who is they? I can stream it through my XBOX on my 50″ flatscreen television. If I am out somewhere, I can watch it on my laptop. Or, if I am in church or at a wedding, I can watch on my phone. It’s all about choices.

  20. I don’t believe the ratings were up. Nobody that I know watched the game and NFL on Friday morning was the main talk at work in the past. I watched reruns of The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family followed by Ozark. Done with the NFL and their sponsors. Goodell likes to pick and choose which rules he enforces so I will pick and choose my entertainment.

  21. See if you bring a good product and leave politics aside, then the people will watch and be entertained. Roger that!

  22. I personally would prefer if the fair weather fans left, then we could go back to the time when there wasn’t all the commercials trying to attract even more fair weather fans. (dream on)

    As an aside, I was out and about at kickoff and watched the first quarter on my phone via the Amazon app. I must say that I was very impressed with it.

  23. “With all my new found free time I’m going spend it irritating the anti American idiots …”

    And there it is. What a sad life that must be.

  24. One reason Thursday night football can’t find an audience is because the audience can’t find the game.Is it on NFL Network? CBS? NBC? So people just give up looking for it, and go watch reruns of Mayberry RFD instead.

  25. Well – the key you left out was that there was NO Anthem protest.

    NFL wising up maybe? Don’t protest the flag and America – people will watch.

  26. Some people in here seriously need to get over themselves. “I don’t believe it, nobody i know watched the game, therefore this is fake because how could people possibly disagree with my narrow and biased point of view, i expected ratings to drop and kept saying i was gonna boycott, so if me and my friends didn’t watch then obviously nobody else is either”

    Sorry guys but you’re just not as important as you seem to think. People like football and your petty ignorance isn’t our concern. All these people who say they’re boycotting yet are constantly around every day talking about the league saying “let’s see what happens when the fans stop coming, then the league will really be hurt”, well stop coming then. See how much it matters.

    Enjoy your Big Bang reruns. Go hit up some Leonard and Penny comment boards, or go discuss that Young Sheldon spin off. I promise, you won’t be missed.

  27. jackodn says:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:30 am
    “The league and their sponsors still won’t get another dime from me until they decide to respect my flag.”

    Can anyone explain why these people who proclaim to be done with the NFL won’t just go away?
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    What happened to all that people get to express their opinion thing? And once the Trump supporters/conservatives/constitutional patriots figure out the playders association is giving money to the American hating George Soros the numbers will tank further.

  28. Participation in this forum is implicit endorsement of the NFL, and its broadcast partner NBC.

    They track web participation and every time you tell us you’re leaving, they put a little black check in the plus column.

  29. We started watching EVERY game and buying EVERY jersey of my team after the protest. Proud to be a Pats fan

    Our support clearly shows “NFL remains the most-watched programming on American television”

  30. As a Bills fan, can confirm…then again, the Patriots have a pretty easy schedule. Even if you guys drop every game I expect to be competitive, the Pats are still a 9-7 or 10-6 team. Barring something going catastrophically wrong in the next few weeks, they end up with 12+ wins again.

    On the other hand, the Bills have a lot of tough games left and can easily “Bills this up” if we arent careful
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    This is wrong. How can the Pats have an easier schedule when the Pats and Bills play the EXACT same schedule, except that the Pats play Pittsburgh and Houston and the Bills play Cinn and Indy. All the other teams are the same……I’d say the Pitt/Houston are tougher than Cinn/Indy

    The only reason the preseason “strength of schedule” for the Bills looks harder is because they have to play the Pats twice while the Pats have to play the Bills twice…..

    The only reason the

  31. Helldog33 says: October 6, 2017 at 11:34 am First time in awhile there was actually a competitive game scheduled on TNF.
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    mmack66 says: I guess you missed the game last week.
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    Your sarcasm light better be lit up….the TNF game last week sucked. 35-14 is competitive?

  32. vjack says “What happened to all that people get to express their opinion thing?”

    Pretty hypocritical question coming from people who want to censor every form of peaceful expression they disagree with, don’t ya think?

    Wait, i just asked if you think lol my bad.

  33. Agree on whoever said they’re watching on Amazon Prime. I love just being able to click and watch on whatever device I want. I think Romo is a great color guy. He’s knowledgeable and engaging. Listening to him is like talking ball with buddies. I’ll keep watching.

  34. I think Romo is the best new announcer in memory. He’s funny, seems genuinely excited, self-deprecating; and the best part is when he is talking, Nance isn’t.

  35. I’m kind of bummed that all the drooling hillbillies didn’t follow through on the boycott threats. It’s exactly this kind of person that makes going to the games dangerous and unpleasant at times. You know who I mean. Those loud drunk idiots who are singing along to the anthem one minute, then berating and swearing at the young family in opposing jerseys the next. You see them out on the concourse, drunk-yelling and staggering around in a pair of flag pants, starting fights with random fans and eventually being asked to leave.

    We’re all still waiting for you people to leave for good. You promised a boycott, now follow through please. Seriously.

  36. halfcentaur says:
    October 6, 2017 at 2:32 pm
    vjack says “What happened to all that people get to express their opinion thing?”

    Pretty hypocritical question coming from people who want to censor every form of peaceful expression they disagree with, don’t ya think?

    Wait, i just asked if you think lol my bad.
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    ” people who want to censor every form of peaceful expression they disagree with”
    Yes half, let’s discuss “thinking”. How does opposing the players protest translate into
    “every form of peaceful expression”?…..Hypocracy? Full grown men playing a childs game and making millions are protesting the country that alllows them to do so? Wow….Try some common sense half: there’s a time and a place for everything. Their “message” is not only lost but meaningless as they simply lack the intelligence and self discipline to express themselves in the proper forum. The result is declining ratings and hacked off fans. Now that’s thinking, right?

  37. How exactly were the so-called “boycotters” supposed to know in advance that nobody would be kneeling? Are they psychic? So that explanation for the strong ratings makes no sense. And the amount of people here who don’t understand how ratings work is staggering. “I don’t believe it because nobody I know watched the game.” Facepalm.

  38. There wasn’t a chance in hell that many people were really going to boycott any of the these games. They are all talk and virtually no action. Just typical loudmouth couch potatoes.

  39. The best thing about TNF is making up names for Color Rush. When the Bills and Jets play, I call it the Christmas Light Bowl. There is the Condiment Bowl. Possibilities are endless. I don’t enjoy TNF but then again, every team does get to play in prime time. As for the ratings, its is based on the qb. People will watch Brady and Rogers plays to either root for them to win or root for them to fail.

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