Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks


Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks

Total Live Audience: Nearly 12.5 Million Average Viewers for Eagles-Bears

ESPN’s Third-Largest Streaming Audience Ever for MNF

Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – a Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-14 victory over the Chicago Bears – helped ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos for the second time in as many weeks. The MNF game ranked as the #1 telecast of the night among all key male demos and adults 18-34 and 18-49.

Eagles-Bears delivered a total live audience (TV + Streaming) of 12,468,000 average viewers.

  • On TV (ESPN and ESPN Deportes), the game delivered 12,173,000 average viewers. On ESPN, the game averaged a 7.3 US household rating.
  • ESPN’s streaming audience attracted an additional average minute audience of 295,000 viewers – the third-highest streaming audience ever for MNF (behind last week’s season-opening doubleheader games).

In Philadelphia, the game delivered a 16.2 rating on ESPN and a 13.4 on WPHL-IND, for a combined 29.6 rating in the market. In Chicago, the game delivered an 11.1 rating on ESPN and a 10.9 on WCIU-IND, for a combined 22.0 rating in the market. The game rating peaked on television from 9:30-9:45 p.m. with an 8.7 household rating and 14,480,000 viewers.

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (12.9), Norfolk (12.0), Denver (11.3), Richmond (11.2), West Palm Beach (11.2), San Diego (10.9), Baltimore (10.1), Milwaukee (10.0), Las Vegas (9.5), and (tied) Charlotte (9.4) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (9.4).


Falcons vs. Saints Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Superdome Re-Opening after Hurricane Katrina

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints host Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on September 26 (8:15 p.m. ET) – 10 years and a day after the historic reopening of the Louisiana Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. One of the most memorable games in MNF history, the same teams faced off on September 25, 2006, with the Saints defeating the Falcons 23-3. MNF photos via ESPN Images.

*Please note: TV and Streaming metrics include ESPN Deportes.


Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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