Chiefs-Broncos – ESPN’s Most-viewed Monday Night Football Game Since September 2017


Chiefs-Broncos – ESPN’s Most-viewed Monday Night Football Game Since September 2017

  • Up 10 Percent Compared to Week 4 Redskins-Chiefs Game Last Year
  • 1 Telecast of the Night among Households, Viewers and All Key Male and Adult Demos

Last night’s Monday Night Football – a dramatic 27-23 Kansas City Chiefs come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos – averaged 13.3 million viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen. It is the most-viewed Monday Night Football since last year’s Cowboys-Cardinals game on September 25 (13.8 million viewers).

The week 4 MNF audience reflects a 10 percent increase compared to last year’s Redskins at Chiefs week 4 game (12.2 million viewers).

Chiefs-Broncos 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, 25-54). The telecast also delivered the highest-rated telecast of the night across all broadcast and cable networks among the same demos – television households, viewers (P2+), key male and people demos. This is the fourth straight Monday that ESPN has won the night in all key categories.

  • On ESPN, the week 4 MNF telecast averaged a 7.9 US household rating and 13.2 million viewers. The telecast peaked from 11:00-11:15 p.m. ET with a 9.5 US household rating and 15.8 million viewers.
  • On ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Chiefs-Broncos averaged an additional 120,000 viewers.

Local markets:

  • In Kansas City, the game delivered a 15.5 rating on ESPN and a 30.3 rating on KMBC-ABC, for a combined 45.8 rating in the market.
  • In Denver, the game delivered a 15.8 rating on ESPN and a 20.7 on KTVD-NBC, for a combined 36.5 rating in the market.

Top 10 markets:

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (14.7), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (14.0), Washington, DC (12.5), Norfolk (12.0), Richmond-Petersburg (11.8), Baltimore (11.6), Sacramento (11.2), Tulsa (11.0), Phoenix (11.0), and San Diego (10.9).

Next Week:

ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns next week with the Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints from the Superdome in New Orleans on October 8 (8:15 p.m. ET).


Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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