Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman scores a touchdown ahead of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, left, in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Packers 36-16. (AP Photo/Scott
Scott Eklund
September 05, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Fans eagerly welcomed the NFL's return on Thursday night.

The regular-season opener between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on NBC was watched by 26.9 million viewers, an increase of 7 percent from last year, when Baltimore played at Denver.

The Seahawks' 36-16 win was the third-most watched Thursday night kickoff game in the 13-year history of the event.

The game had a national household rating of 15.5/26.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program.

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