Lucky 13: ESPN’s Monday Night Football Delivers 16.5 Million Viewers, Most-Watched Week 13 MNF Game in 13 Seasons

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Lucky 13: ESPN’s Monday Night Football Delivers 16.5 Million Viewers, Most-Watched Week 13 MNF Game in 13 Seasons

  • Bengals-Jaguars Up 46% from Week 13 in 2022

  • Season-to-Date: Monday Night Football Up Nearly 30%

ESPN’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars (December 4, 8:15 p.m. ET) delivered 16.5 million viewers (ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and NFL+), the most-watched Week 13 MNF game since 2010 (Jets-Patriots). The audience of 16,484,000 was up 46% year-over-year (Saints-Buccaneers). Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli generated 1 million viewers on ESPN2.

Season-to-date, Monday Night Football is averaging 16.7 million viewers per game through Week 13, up 29% from the same point last season (15 games this season vs. 14 in 2022). The impressive numbers include all televised games, including Week 3 which featured two overlapping games vs. one in the 2022 season. Excluding this year’s Week 3, Monday Night Football would be up 31% year-over-year, averaging 17 million viewers a game.

More Bengals-Jaguars:

  • Audience averaged nearly 18 million viewers late in the fourth quarter through overtime (11 – 11:45 p.m.).
  • Monday Night Football was the most watched telecast of the night and led across all key demos.

Media Contacts:
Derek Volner: [email protected]
Lily Blum: [email protected]

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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