Ratings: Thursday Night Football Opens Down vs. 2015, Beast Flat With Finale

Matt Webb Mitovich

CBS and NFL Network’s combined coverage of the Thursday Night Football match-up between the Jets and Bills on Thursday averaged 15.4 million total viewers and a 5.4 demo rating (per finals), down 27 and 28 percent from the networks’ broadcast of last year’s kickoff game between the Broncos and Chiefs.

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The night’s only other fresh broadcast programming — The CW’s Beauty and the Beast series finale — drew 700,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating, clutching onto the series-low demo number it maintained for all of Season 4.

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