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Broncos vs. Steelers 2012 NFL Season Opener Draws Huge Ratings

How many people wanted to see Peyton Manning’s neck square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense yesterday? A lot more than you would think.

According to NBC, the final game of what was a very entertaining football Sunday did an overnight rating of 18.0 – the highest mark ever for a primetime regular season game on the peacock network. It was also a full eight percent higher than last year’s debut Sunday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

A few other interesting tidbits regarding the ratings from this one, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell and the NFL’s Brian McCarthy:

44.2% of Denver watched the Broncos-Steelers game last night

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 10, 2012

Crazy stat: 70% of the TVs that were on in Pittsburgh last night were tuned in to Steelers-Broncos game.

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 10, 2012

Big #s for Pitt-Den RT @nbcsportspr: 18.0 overnight for #SNFonNBC best for any primetime game in 15 years

— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 10, 2012

The Broncos wound up beating the Steelers 31-19.

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