Raiders-Chargers on Thursday Night Football Most-Watched NFL Network Opener

More than 5 million fans watched — up 6 percent from 2010

Ranks as cable’s No. 1 show of night

Last night’s Oakland Raiders-San Diego Chargers game on NFL Network was watched by an average of 5.3 million cable viewers (not including over-the-air stations in Oakland-San Francisco and San Diego) – topping last year’s opening night record (5.0 million for Ravens-Falcons) by six percent and ranking as the most-watched opener in the six seasons of Thursday Night Football.

The game, which marked the debut of the TNF announcing team (Mike Mayock, Brad Nessler and Alex Flanagan), was also the night’s No. 1 show among all programs on cable. Other sports competition included Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech college football on ESPN, which drew 3.1 million viewers.

Thursday Night Football continues with the New York Jets at Denver Broncos next Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 PM ET. The Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show begins at 6:00 PM ET.

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