MNF’s Vikings-Seahawks Powers ESPN to 14th Straight Monday Night Win


MNF’s Vikings-Seahawks Powers ESPN to 14th Straight Monday Night Win

MNF Viewership is Up Eight Percent Season-To-Date

Vikings-Seahawks Photos via ESPN Images

This week’s Monday Night Football game (8:13-11:15 p.m. ET) – a Seattle Seahawks’ 21-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings – averaged 11,462,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen.

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 14th straight Monday this fall. Vikings-Seahawks was also the most-watched telecast of the night across all broadcast and cable networks among those same categories – the 13th week this season that MNF has been Monday’s No. 1 show.

  • On ESPN, Vikings-Seahawks averaged a 6.9 US household rating and 11,389,000 viewers. The telecast peaked from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET with a 7.8 US household rating and 12,962,000 viewers.
  • On ESPN Deportes, Vikings-Seahawks averaged an additional 73,000 viewers.

Season-to-date: Through 14 weeks (15 games), MNF on ESPN is up eight percent vs. last year, averaging 11,725,000 viewers (vs. 10,807,000 in 2017).

Local markets:

  • In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the game delivered a 13.1 rating on ESPN and a 25.3 rating on WCCO-CBS, for a combined 38.4 rating in the market.
  • In Seattle, the game delivered an 11.1 rating on ESPN and a 28.6 rating on KIRO-CBS, for a combined 39.7 rating in the market.

The top metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): Portland, Ore. (14.9), New Orleans (13.9), Norfolk, Va. (11.4), Las Vegas (11.0), Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (11. 0), Phoenix (10.5), Kansas City (10.4), San Diego (10.3), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (10.2) and Chicago (10.1).

Week 15 on MNF: On Dec. 17 at 8:15 p.m. ET, Drew Brees and the NFC-leading New Orleans Saints travel to Charlotte to face Cam Newton and the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers, who need a victory to remain in the hunt for a NFC Wild Card spot.


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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