Chiefs-Eagles set viewing record

Week Three’s Kansas City Chiefs-Philadelphia Eagles matchup ranked as the highest-rated Thursday Night Football broadcast in NFL Network history, the NFL announced on Friday.

The game, won 26-16 by the Chiefs, was watched by an average of 9.4 million viewers and delivered a 6.0 US HH rating, according to the news release. Making the number even more impressive is it didn’t include the over-the-air stations in Kansas City or Philadelphia.

Thursday night’s game grew by 34 percent in average viewership from last week’s New York Jets-New England Patriots season premiere on the NFL Network, according to the NFL.

The NFL said the Chiefs-Eagles broadcast ranked as the No. 1 US HH rated program among shows aired on broadcast and cable TV on Thursday night, beating out NBC’s “The Million Second Quiz” and Fox’s “The X-Factor.”

The Chiefs-Eagles game ranks as the fourth-most viewed game on NFL Network behind the San Francisco 49ers-Baltimore Ravens in 2011 (10.7 million), Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints in 2009 (10.5 million) and the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys in 2007 (10.1 million).

Read the full news release here.