ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Giants-49ers Up 19 Percent Year-over-Year


ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Giants-49ers Up 19 Percent Year-over-Year

Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – a dramatic New York Giants’ 27-23 come-from-behind road victory over the San Francisco 49ers – earned a 7.4 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. This is an increase of 19 percent compared to the 6.2 rating for the Dolphins at Panthers week 10 game in 2017.

The game rating peaked from 11-11:15 p.m. ET with an 8.3 rating when Eli Manning led the Giants offense downfield for the go-ahead touchdown and the defense held off the 49ers’ final drive.

Local markets:

  • In New York, the game delivered a 6.8 rating on ESPN and a 4.8 rating on WPIX-CW, for a combined 11.6 rating in the market.
  • In San Francisco, the game delivered a 6.7 rating on ESPN and an 11.9 on KGO-ABC, for a combined 18.6 rating in the market.

Top 10 markets:

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (14.7), Sacramento (13.8), Norfolk, Va. (11.5), Richmond-Petersburg (10.2), Seattle-Tacoma (10.0), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (9.8), Phoenix (9.7), Washington, DC (9.6), Hartford-New Haven (9.4) and Columbus, Ohio (9.1).

Click here to view memorable moments from last night’s telecast.

Postgame SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt – Up 24 Percent

The MNF postgame SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt continued its streak of year-over-year overnight ratings increases with a 2.1 average metered market rating last night. This is a double-digit increase of 24 percent vs. last year’s comparable show.

Final numbers are expected late afternoon.


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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