8:13am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Thursday Night Football' Rebounds
There was nowhere to go but up for Thursday Night Football after last week's disappointing blowout between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams.
The pre-Christmas match-up featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants proved much more competitive, with ratings climbing nearly 25 percent from the week before. Coverage on NBC and the NFL Network averaged a combined 12.5 rating among metered market households — obliterating what little original broadcast competition attempted to draw a crowd so close to the holiday weekend. It shares No. 2 status for the highest-rated Thursday Night Football game of the season.
Thursday Night Football had to contend with CBS repeats and food-centric reality on ABC and Fox.
After an annual encore of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which fetched a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, ABC had back-to-back episodes of The Great American Baking Show. The show took a 1.0 rating at 9 p.m. and a 0.8 rating at 10 p.m.
On Fox, Hell's Kitchen proved a smaller draw among the culinary set. It averaged a 0.5 rating in the key demo over two hours.