With the Denver Broncos’ win over the Indianapolis Colts last night, Peyton Manning has now beaten all 32 teams in the NFL. However, despite the quarterback and the Broncos 31-24 win at home, the NBC’s debut of Sunday Night Football this year did not trounce the weekend start of the season last year. Sunday’s primetime game drew a 15.1/25 result in metered-market ratings. That’s down 9% from the 16.6/27 that the SNF September 8, 2013 match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants and that other NFL Manning, younger brother Eli. To continue the battle of the Manning siblings, last year’s game was down from the record breaking 18.0/29 of that the 2012 Sunday opener pulled in the time adjusted results when the Broncos took on the Pittsburgh Steelers – that was Peyton’s official debut as a Bronco. Not that the first Sunday of the 2014 season wasn’t jam packed with other non-Manning NFL games all day on Fox and CBS – and of course, tonight they’ll be Monday Night Football on ESPN, with Eli’s Giants taking on the Detroit Lions. Later this week, Thursday Night Football will make its debut on CBS with the Steelers vs. the Baltimore Ravens.
With that in mind, the top 5 local markets results for last night’s SNF game on NBC were Denver (43.6/66) Indianapolis (39.2/58), Las Vegas (22.0/34), Albuquerque (19.8/31) and Nashville (19.7/28). Of course, even with a decline from last year and 2012, NBC will easily win the night among adults 18-49 when more numbers come in later today. We’ll update with more ratings for the NFL and NBC’s SNF and the non-NFL programming last night, like the debut of Fox’s Utopia, as numbers become available.