Wednesday January 7th, 2015

With the addition of CBS as a partner, the Thursday Night Football package saw its average viewership increase from an average of 7.06 million viewers in 2013 to an average of 11.8 million viewers this season, according to Sports Business Daily.

The 2014 average also includes two Saturday games in Week 16 that were part of the CBS/NFL Network premium package.

Overall, the NFL averaged 17.6 million viewers per game during the regular season, which was about even with the league's viewership in 2013. 

Fox's and NBC's Sunday games both saw viewership declines this season, while ESPN also saw a decline for Monday games. CBS was "relatively flat" for its Sunday games, according to SBD.

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NBC's primetime package averaged 21.28 million viewers in 2014, a figure that was down about two percent from last season and was the lowest figure for Sunday Night Football since 2009. SNF games had an average margin of victory of 18.3 points, the greatest margin since SNF began being televised on NBC in 2006.

Monday Night Football on ESPN drew in an average of 13.35 million viewers, which was the fourth-highest average since ESPN began airing MNF in 2006. 

The most-watched game of the regular season was FOX's Thanksgiving game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, which drew 32.03 million viewers.

More viewership breakdowns can be found here.

- Molly Geary


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