TV Ratings: 'Thursday Night Football' Rises

Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers October 29, 2020 Game
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Fox's Thursday Night Football broadcast grew by a sizable amount over last week, easily topping the primetime rankings in total viewers and every key demo. Fox News had another strong night as well, and NBC's Superstore opened its season with fairly steady numbers.

Thursday Night Football delivered 11.68 million viewers across Fox and NFL Network, about 1.6 million more than a week ago when it aired opposite the final presidential debate. The game's 3.4 rating among adults 18-49 was by far the best of the night; in fact, other than the 17-minute pregame show prior to kickoff, no other primetime program even cracked the 1.0 mark in the key ad demographic. Fox also led among adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

On the downside, the game was off by about 15 percent from the 13.77 million who watched Thursday Night Football in the same week of the NFL season in 2019.

Tucker Carlson Tonight was the most watched show on cable for the third straight night, drawing 6.13 million viewers. Hannity (5.38 million) and The Ingraham Angle (4.57 million) also put up solid numbers, and Fox News finished second behind its broadcast sibling in viewers in primetime.

The season six premiere of Superstore was about even in total viewers compared to its 2019 debut (2.8 million vs. 2.86 million) but slipped some in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.8). Last season, the show got half of its 18-49 audience from digital platforms (as measured over five weeks). Not a lot of the Superstore audience stuck around for Connecting, which posted a 0.3 in the 18-49 demo and 1.15 million viewers.

The finales of ABC's Celebrity Family Feud (0.7 in 18-49, 5.3 million total viewers) and Press Your Luck (0.6, 3.62 million) were on par with their fall averages, though Press Your Luck hit a high in total viewers. Match Game (0.5, 2.93 million) was also steady. CBS' special Every Vote Counts put up soft numbers with a 0.2 in adults 18-49 and 1.33 million viewers.

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