MNF is No. 1 Show on Monday as ESPN Wins the Night for 15th Straight Week


MNF is No. 1 Show on Monday as ESPN Wins the Night for 15th Straight Week

MNF Viewership is Up 10 Percent Season-To-Date

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ESPN’s Week 15 Monday Night Football game (8:13-11:21 p.m. ET) – a New Orleans Saints’ 12-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers – averaged 13,092,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen. This is an increase of 37 percent vs. last year’s week 15 game (9,552,000 viewers).

ESPN won the night among all networks, broadcast or cable, in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos (18-34, 18-49, 25-54) for the 15th straight Monday. Saints-Panthers was also the most-watched telecast of the night across all broadcast and cable networks among those same categories – the 14th week this season MNF has been Monday’s No. 1 show.

  • On ESPN, Saints-Panthers averaged a 7.9 US household rating and 13,006,000 viewers. The telecast peaked from 11-11:15 p.m. ET with a 9.3 US household rating and 15,260,000 viewers.
  • On ESPN Deportes, Saints-Panthers averaged an additional 86,000 viewers.

Local markets: In New Orleans the game delivered a 13.4 rating on ESPN and a 46.4 rating on WDSU-NBC, for a combined 59.8 rating in the market. In Charlotte, the game delivered a 10.3 rating on ESPN and a 16.1 rating on WJZY-FOX, for a combined 26.4 rating in the market.

The top metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): Greensboro (16.9), Raleigh-Durham (13.3), Norfolk (12.7), Kansas City (12.3), San Diego and Seattle-Tacoma (11.9), Richmond-Petersburg (11.6), Washington D.C. (11.5), Greenville (10.9), Minneapolis-St. Paul (10.7).

Season-to-date: MNF on ESPN is up 10 percent vs. last year, averaging 11,817,000 viewers.

Week 16 on ESPN’s MNF (Dec. 24 at 8:15 p.m. ET) features a Christmas Eve matchup between the AFC West’s Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders; these teams will meet for the 18th time on MNF – an NFL record.

Postgame SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt – Up 36 Percent
Monday’s postgame edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt averaged 3,673,000 viewers, which is an increase of 36 percent vs. last year’s comparable show.


Allie Stoneberg

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