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CBS’ ‘Thursday Night Football’ Easily Dominates Thursday Ratings

Even though the game was a blowout, CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” towered over the primetime ratings on a night when the other networks were mostly in reruns.

Viewership of Thursday’s lopsided 56-14 game between that saw the Atlanta Falcons stomp the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be down from last week’s premiere “Thursday Night Football” telecast with 9.559 million total viewers.

Last week’s Pittsburgh-Baltimore game was not only a showcase for one of the league’s greatest rivalries but likely saw tune-in boosted by the controversy over the NFL’s handling of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident. “Thursday Night Football” last week brought in an average of 20.7 million viewers.

NBC was the only other English-language broadcast net with new programming on the night, airing a two-hour episode of “The Biggest Loser” that averaged 1.3/5 in 18-49 with 4.6 million viewers overall. This is on par with last week’s season premiere, which brought in 1.6/5 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall. An encore presentation of “The Mysteries of Laura” pilot earned 0.8/3 in 18-49 and 4.0 million viewers overall.

ABC had a lukewarm night, as it aired reruns of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” in preparation for its Shonda Rhimes-Betsy Beers Thursday night takeover next week with the addition of “How to Get Away with Murder.” Fox and CW also stayed out of the spotlight with both concentrating on reruns of their corresponding supernatural-tinged shows “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals.”

“Sleepy Hollow” returns Monday, when it follows the series premiere of Fox’s buzzy Batman prequel “Gotham.” New episodes of “Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” start Oct. 2 and Oct. 6, respectively.

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