Football Helps ESPN Win the Night 11 Times among all Viewers


Football Helps ESPN Win the Night 11 Times among all Viewers

On the strength of ESPN’s Monday Night Football and ABC’s Saturday Night Football, ESPN programming has “won the night” – averaged more viewers in prime time than any network, broadcast or cable – on 11 of the 15 nights those two series have aired this season.

Since the college football season began, ABC or ESPN has averaged the most viewers of any network on five of eight Saturday nights: ABC-4 (August 30, September 20, October 4 and 18); ESPN-1 (Oct. 11).

Monday Night Football’s 45th season got underway September 8, and ESPN has won the night among all networks on six of seven Mondays (all but September 22).




Dave Nagle

It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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