Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks


Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks

Seahawks-Bears is No. 1 Telecast of the Night among Households, Viewers and All Key Male and Adult Demos

The Week 2 Monday Night Football game – a Chicago Bears’ 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks – 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). This marks 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 (out-delivering the Emmy Awards) among households, viewers and all key male and adult demos.

Seahawks-Bears delivered a total live audience (TV + Streaming) of 11.8 million average viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

  • On ESPN, the Seahawks-Bears game averaged a 7.0 US household rating and 11,720,000 viewers. The game peaked during the 9:15-9:30 p.m. quarter hour with a 7.9 US household rating and 13,377,000 viewers on ESPN
  • On ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Seahawks-Bears averaged 129,000 viewers.

Local markets:

  • In Seattle, the game delivered a 9.8 rating on ESPN and a 21.3 rating on KIRO-CBS, for a combined 31.1 rating in the market.
  • In Chicago, the game delivered an 8.8 rating on ESPN and a 20.3 on WLS-ABC, for a combined 29.1 rating in the market.

The top metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (15.2), Denver (10.8), Kansas City (10.5), Raleigh-Durham (10.5), Columbus (10.4), Minneapolis (10.3), Las Vegas (10.2), Washington, DC (10.2), Portland, Ore. (9.8), and (tied) Buffalo and Philadelphia (9.5).

Additionally, the Week 2 post-game SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt is up nine percent year-over-year (3,052,000 vs. 2,797,000 viewers).

The 2018 Monday Night Football season continues next week with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on September 24 (8:15 p.m. ET).


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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