TV Ratings: 'Thursday Night Football' Falls to 4-Year Low

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A lackluster Thursday Night Football matchup led to the smallest audience for the midweek game in four years. ABC's Celebrity Family Feud and TNT's NBA playoff game were close on the NFL Network's heels.

The Miami Dolphins' 31-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars averaged 5.43 million viewers on the NFL Network. That's the lowest tally for a Thursday game since an October 2016 contest (also involving the Jaguars) drew 5.1 million viewers.

While the NFL game still topped the primetime in both total viewers and adults 18-49, it was a close call. Celebrity Family Feud began its fall run on ABC with 5.26 million viewers, on par with its summer average (as was its 0.7 rating among adults 18-49). TNT's telecast of the NBA Western Conference finals scored a 1.87 in the 18-49 demographic, just a few hundredths of a point behind Thursday Night Football's 1.9.

CBS' Big Brother led the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 with a 1.1 (even with a week ago), to go with 4.21 million total viewers. Love Island (0.5, 1.87 million) improved slightly, but the on-air debut of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery (0.2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers) didn't fare so well.

On ABC, Press Your Luck (0.6 in 18-49, 3.41 million viewers) and Match Game (0.5, 2.79 million) were in line with their summer runs. The Wall returned to NBC with a 0.4 in the demo and 2.95 million viewers.

On cable, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight (4.71 million viewers) and Hannity (4.51 million), along with TNT's NBA game (4.6 million), all finished within shouting distance of the NFL.

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