NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Drop to 4-Year Low

by Hunter Miller
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This week’s TV ratings for the NFL matchup pitting the Miami Dolphins against the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to the lowest in four years for Thursday Night Football. The broadcast averaged 5.43 million viewers on the NFL Network, marking the lowest since an October 2016 contest only drawing 5.1 million viewers.

While the game still held the top spot for viewers in the coveted 18-49 demographic, the matchup barely edged out other primetime options. In comparison, the NBA’s Western Conference Finals on TNT, the game brought in 4.6 million viewers.

Compared to the week before, Thursday Night Football was down 1 million viewers, Sportsnaut.com reports. The ratings dip came in the same week that Monday Night Football saw a major year-over-year increase.

The Las Vegas Raiders matchup against the New Orleans Saints game marked a 31 percent uptick in viewership. Moreover, the game from the Raiders’ new stadium on the Las Vegas strip was the highest-rated among viewers in Las Vegas in more than a decade, The Hill reports.

‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Plummet, But Still a Record-Setting Night

The Miami Dolphins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-13 on Thursday. The game was not a highlight in terms of viewership. However, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick set a notable NFL record.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the win meant that Fitzpatrick recorded at least one victory against the Jaguars while playing for six different teams. No NFL player achieved such a record in at least seven decades, Newsweek reports.

TV Ratings for Major Networks and Cable Broadcasts

Several other shows on major networks closely competed with the NFL’s Thursday Night Football. On ABC, Celebrity Family Feud began its fall run averaging 5.26 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. CBS series Big Brother led the networks in 18-49 with 4.21 million viewers.

On cable, Fox News shows took the top slots. Tucker Carlson Tonight brought in 4.71 million viewers while Hannity garnered 4.51 million.

[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]

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