Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia proved more popular than The X-Factor or even Tom Brady vs. Rex Ryan.
The Chiefs’ 26-16 win at Philadelphia on Thursday night on NFL Network delivered a 6.0 household rating, making it the highest-rated Thursday Night Football telecast in NFL Network history. The telecast surpassed a Cowboys-Saints game in 2009 that had a 5.7 rating.
That made it the most-watched program among all shows on broadcast and cable television on Thursday night, beating out shows like NBC’s live finale ofThe Million Second Quiz and Fox’s The X-Factor
The game was seen by an average of 9.4 million viewers, not counting those watching on over-the-air stations in Kansas City (Channel 41) and in Philadelphia.
The 9.4 million viewers made the Chiefs-Eagles game the fourth-most viewed game on NFL Network behind the 49ers-Ravens in 2011 (10.7 million), Cowboys-Saints in 2009 (10.5 million) and Packers-Cowboys in 2007 (10.1 million).
The Chiefs-Eagles telecast topped last week’sThursday Night Football’s
2013 opener between the Jets and Patriots (5.5, 8.8 million viewers).
NFL Network has been televising games since 2006, and the Chiefs appeared in the first game on Thanksgiving night against Denver at Arrowhead Stadium. The NFL awarded that game to Kansas City as a tribute to then-owner Lamar Hunt, who had championed the cause to bring Thanksgiving Day games to other cities besides Dallas and Detroit.