TV Ratings: Bears-Packers Game Breaks Thanksgiving Night Record

NBC's game logs 28.2 million viewers for its second-best primetime showing ever.
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Capping off a football-filled day, NBC saw the third and final match-up score for primetime on Thanksgiving.

The Bears-Packers game managed to pull a primetime best, averaging 28.2 million viewers. That's not only a Thanksgiving high — for NBC, it stands as the second-most-watched football game in network history. It trails only the 30.3 million who tuned into the 2012 playoff-ensuring week 17 match-up between Dallas and Washington.

For the League, it marks a 21 percent jump from last year's Seattle-San Francisco game. It likely had a boost from the fact that it was a rather tight game compared to the afternoon's comparable blow-outs.

Final tallies for Thursday's daytime games, including the Lions-Eagles day starter and the Cowboys-Panthers showing, will arrive later.

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