Lions-Packers Scores 13.4 Million Viewers on ESPN – Monday Night Football’s Second-Best Audience of the 2019 NFL Season

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Lions-Packers Scores 13.4 Million Viewers on ESPN – Monday Night Football’s Second-Best Audience of the 2019 NFL Season

MNF is the No. 1 telecast of the night among households, viewers and all key male and adult demos, helping ESPN win the night among all networks

Last night’s Monday Night Football game – a Green Bay Packers’ 23-22 victory over the Detroit Lions – averaged 13.4 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, the second most-viewed MNF game of the 2019 NFL season behind the Texans-Saints opener (13.5 million, Sept. 9).

Lions-Packers scored a 10 percent increase over ESPN’s 49ers-Packers week 6 matchup in 2018, according to Nielsen.

The telecast 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, 55+). MNF was also the highest-rated telecast of the night across all broadcast and cable networks among the same demos. ESPN has now won the night all six Mondays since the start of the NFL season, while MNF has been the No. 1 telecast those same weeks.

  • On ESPN, MNF’s Lions-Packers telecast averaged 13,339,000 million viewers – a 10 percent gain over last year’s 49ers-Packers, peaking from 11-11:15 p.m. ET with 14,585,000 million viewers.
  • ESPN Deportes added 102,000 viewers. Season-to-date, MNF on ESPN Deportes is averaging 98,000 viewers, a 46 percent increase year-over-year.

Through seven games, MNF’s average audience of 11,898,000 viewers is up three percent season-to-date (vs. 11,543,000 in 2018).

Local markets:

  • Detroit: The game delivered a 10.5 rating on ESPN and an 18.8 rating on WXYZ-ABC, for a combined 29.3 rating.
  • Milwaukee: The game delivered a 14.8 rating on ESPN and a 33.2 on WISN-ABC, for a combined 48.0 rating.

The top 10 markets: Minneapolis-St. Paul (14.7), San Diego (12.2), Denver (11.4), Seattle-Tacoma (10.9), Las Vegas (10.6), Phoenix (10.2), Chicago (10.1), Charlotte (9.8), Portland, Ore. (9.7), (tied) Jacksonville (9.5) and West Palm Beach (9.5).

Next Week:

ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns next week with an AFC East matchup as Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots face Sam Darnold and the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium on October 21 (8:15 p.m. ET).

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Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s pro football PR, including Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows. Other programs I work on include ESPN soccer, Around the Horn and PTI.
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