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Titans' Blowout Win Leads To Ratings Drop For Week 14 "TNF"

Thursday night's game peaked at an 8.7 rating between 9:00-9:30pm ET

Fox and NFL Network combined for an 8.0 overnight rating for the Titans' 30-9 win over the Jaguars on "TNF" last night, down 21% from a 10.2 rating for last year's Saints-Falcons game in Week 14. Two years ago, Raiders-Chiefs drew an 11.2 overnight in Week 14. Thursday night's game peaked at a 8.7 rating between 9:00-9:30pm ET, around the time when Titans RB Derrick Henry tied Tony Dorsett's NFL record with a 99-yard TD run. Nashville led all markets with a 21.8 local rating, followed by Jacksonville with a 19.4. Season to date, Fox/NFL Net are averaging a 10.0 rating for "TNF," flat with CBS/NBC through Week 14 last year (Josh Carpenter, THE DAILY).

PEOPLE LOVE A WINNER: In Boston, Chad Finn writes since the Patriots "began exerting their near two decades of dynastic dominance" in '01, local television ratings for the team have "consistently correlated with a massive audience." However, the numbers lately have been "particularly impressive." The Patriots' 24-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday in Fox' 4:25pm ET national window "delivered the highest local ratings of any of their 12 games this season, earning a 39.8 household rating." Vikings-Patriots was the "highest-rated regular-season game for the Patriots since a Week 12 matchup with the Jets" in '16. The "excellent numbers" were "not a surprise given that it was a relatively compelling matchup in the late-afternoon window." The Patriots' matchup with the three-win Jets on CBS in Week 12 was also the team's "highest-rated" 1:00pm game in three years (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7).