ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Patriots-Bills Up 10 Percent Year-Over-Year


ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Patriots-Bills Up 10 Percent Year-Over-Year

Last night’s Monday Night Football (8:15-11:30 p.m. ET), a New England Patriots 25-6 road victory over the Buffalo Bills, earned a 7.9 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. This is an increase of 10 percent vs. last year’s Broncos-Chiefs game (7.2) – MNF’s second best year-over-year increase of the 2018 season. The telecast peaked from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET quarter-hour with an 8.9 rating.

Local markets: In New England, the game delivered a 9.8 rating on ESPN, 6.2 rating on WMUR-ABC and 21.4 on WCVB-ABC, for a combined 37.4 rating in the market. In Buffalo, the game delivered a 10.5 rating on ESPN and 30.5 rating on WKBW-ABC, for a combined 41.0 rating.

The top metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): Providence (20.0), New Orleans (13.0), Hartford-New Haven (12.6), Kansas City (11.1), Norfolk (10.2), Washington, DC (10.2), Cleveland (9.7), Denver (9.4), Richmond-Petersburg (9.4) and Ft. Myers-Naples (9.3).

SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt – Up 25 Percent

The postgame edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt earned a 2.5 metered market rating, which is a 25 percent increase vs. last year’s program following the Broncos-Chiefs game (2.0).


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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