NFL Thursday Night Football average viewers 2015-2019

An average of 15.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Thursday Night Football in the United States during the 2019 NFL season, an increase of half a million on the previous year. Ratings for Monday Night Football also increased in 2019, with the average number of viewers rising to 12.6 million.

Prime-time packages receive ratings boost

Thursday Night Football is part of the prime-time television schedule that also includes Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football – these NFL games are broadcast across the entire United States by one major national network. Sunday Night Football is the most viewed TV show in the United States, attracting an average audience of more than 19 million viewers. The opening-weekend fixture between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers – broadcast on Sunday Night Football – ranked as one of the most viewed NFL games in the United States during the 2018 NFL season.

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Exciting players and combative matchups between well-supported teams increase the likelihood of people tuning in to watch NFL coverage. The average television viewership of the NFL regular season is up on previous years, but figures for the Super Bowl continue to decline. Super Bowl LIII was watched by a television audience in the United States of around 98 million viewers, the lowest figure since Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

Average number of viewers of Thursday Night Football in the United States from 2015 to 2019

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Release date

December 2019


United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Special properties

on NBC/CBS/NFL Network/Fox in 2018 and 2019

Supplementary notes

* Including digital viewers on Amazon and Twitch for 2018 and 2019

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