Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks

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Monday Night Football Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks

  • Browns-49ers was the No. 1 telecast of the night among households, viewers and all key male and adult demos
  • MNF audience is up one percent season-to-date, averaging 11.5 million viewers

Last night’s Monday Night Football game – a San Francisco 49ers’ 31-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns – averaged 11.2 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, a four percent increase over ESPN’s week 5 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). MNF was also the highest-rated telecast of the night across all broadcast and cable networks among the same demos.

  • On ESPN, MNF’s Browns-49ers telecast averaged 11,125,000 million viewers – a four percent gain over last year’s Redskins-Saints, peaking from 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET with 13,107,000 million viewers.
  • ESPN Deportes added 63,000 viewers.

Through six games, MNF’s average audience of 11,501,000 viewers is up one percent season-to-date (vs. 11,435,000 in 2018).

Local markets:

  • Cleveland: The game delivered a 19.6 rating on ESPN and an 11.0 rating on WKYC-NBC, for a combined 30.6 rating.
  • San Francisco: The game delivered an 8.4 rating on ESPN and a 13.8 on KGO-ABC, for a combined 22.2 rating.

Top 10 markets:

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): Sacramento (15.7), Columbus Ohio (15.1), San Diego (9.8), Las Vegas (9.7), Cincinnati (9.5), Seattle-Tacoma (9.5), Denver (9.3), Portland, Ore. (9.2), Charlotte (8.7) and Pittsburgh (8.7).

Next Week:

ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns next week with a key NFC North matchup as Aaron Rodgers and the first-place Green Bay Packers host Matthew Stafford and the rival Detroit Lions at historic Lambeau Field on October 14 (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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