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For the second straight week, Thursday Night Football pulled in its smallest audience in several years.
The NFL Network’s telecast of the Denver Broncos’ 37-28 win over the New York Jets led all of primetime across the board, but its 5.41 million viewers was the lowest number since an October 2016 contest. The game’s 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 was off by a tenth of a point vs. last week.
Year to year comparisons for the game aren’t really applicable, as the week four Thursday game on 2019 also aired on Fox, giving it a substantially larger reach. That broadcast drew 17.6 million viewers.
The Broncos-Jets game outdrew all of Major League Baseball’s wild card playoff games Thursday, the largest of which (San Diego Padres-St. Louis Cardinals) averaged 2.33 million viewers. The No. 2 show in primetime was Hannity on Fox News with just above 5 million viewers.
On the broadcast networks, CBS’ Big Brother drew season highs in both adults 18-49 (1.2) and total viewers (4.34 million) with a two-hour episode. ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud ticked up to 0.8 in the 18-49 demo but was down some in viewers with 4.79 million; Press Your Luck and Match Game were steady. The Wall and Dateline both recorded 0.5s in adults 18-49 on NBC. Fox’s election comedy special Let’s Be Real wasn’t much of a draw with a 0.4 in the demo and 1.34 million viewers.
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