Despite being the curtain jerker for what was dubbed as 2023’s worst slate of featured games, Thursday night’s showdown between the Panthers and Bears drew quite the number of eyes. According to Nielsen’s National TV Ratings, the broadcast averaged 9.56 million viewers—up 41 percent from last year’s Week 10 Thursday nighter.
Oh, and last year’s Week 10 Thursday nighter showcased the Panthers as well—in a 25-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The clash also garnered a bigger audience than the following TNF games from the 2022 season:
Week 6: Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears
Not too shabby for a middle-of-the-season contest between a 1-7 and a 2-7 team, huh?