Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks


Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks

Lions-Giants Ranked No. 1 Telecast of the Night among Households, Viewers and All Key Male and Adult Demos

ESPN’s Week 2 Monday Night Football game – a Detroit Lions’ 24-10 victory over the New York Giants – helped ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos (18-34, 18-49 and 25-54) – the second straight Monday that ESPN has won the night in all categories. Yesterday’s MNF game also ranked as the No. 1 telecast of the night among households, viewers and all key male and adult demos.

Lions-Giants delivered a total live audience (TV + Streaming) of 12,741,000 average viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

  • On ESPN, Lions-Giants averaged a 7.4 US household rating and 12,287,000 viewers, which is up from last year’s Eagles-Bears game. The game peaked during the 9:15-9:30 p.m. quarter hour with an 8.6 US household rating and 14,465,000 viewers.
  • On ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Lions-Giants averaged a 0.3 Hispanic US household rating.

Additionally, across Twitter and Facebook, MNF was the most social telecast of the night for the second week in a row.

In Detroit, the game delivered an 11.3 rating on ESPN and a 17.4 rating on WXYZ-ABC, for a combined 28.7 rating in the market. In New York, the game delivered a 9.4 rating on ESPN and a 5.4 on WPIX-CW, for a combined 14.8 rating in the market.

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (13.8), Norfolk (12.9), Philadelphia (12.5), Richmond-Petersburg (12.1), Washington, DC (11.0), Buffalo (10.7), Atlanta (10.4), Las Vegas (10.3), Baltimore (10.2) and Denver (10.1). Note: we do not have ratings data for Miami or Ft. Myers-Naples.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns next week with the Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals from University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25 (8:15 p.m. ET).


Allie Stoneberg

I advance ESPN’s communications and publicity efforts for NFL studio programming, Monday Night Football, the NFL Draft and our coverage of the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League. I enjoy meeting journalists in person at games and events and delight in showing them around our Bristol, Conn., campus.