NFL World Reacts To Massive Cowboys vs. Buccaneers Ratings


Thursday night featured a matchup between the reigning Super Bowl champions and arguably the most popular team in America for the first game of the NFL season.

Unsurprisingly, this Buccaneers-Cowboys combination raked in some massive TV ratings.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, last night’s Thursday Night Football broadcast on NBC hit a five-year high in overnight ratings. A 15.9 score, not even including at-home viewing, was up 16-percent from last year’s opening game.

The broadcast averaged about 22 million viewers, per

NFL fans from around the league took to Twitter to react to these massive ratings.

This matchup alone likely drew in a large portion of the viewers, but the game itself kept them around.

The Buccaneers claimed a closely-contested 31-29 victory over the Cowboys on a game-winning field goal. With non-stop offensive action throughout the game, Tom Brady and Dak Prescott’s teams combined for 60 points and 882 total yards.

If these rating are any indication of the rest of this NFL year, the league is in for some big numbers through the remainder of Week 1.


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