ESPN on Wednesday revealed its viewership numbers for both its main Monday Night Football broadcasts and the companion coverage featuring Eli and Peyton Manning. And the numbers paint a very positive picture for the network.
Overall, Monday Night Football viewership is up 11% from the 2020 season and 7% from 2019, averaging an audience of 13.5 million each week. It experienced the best season-long viewership since 2013.
The top broadcast was way back in Week 1 with the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Las Vegas Raiders. Just under 17 million tuned in for that contest, making it the most-watched MNF telecast since 2016.
The games in Week 14 (Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals) and Week 15 (Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears) drew similar numbers. The Rams/Cardinals game on Dec. 13 saw 15.895 million tune in, while the next week 15.841 million watched the Vikings beat the Bears.
The Minnesota/Chicago game was ESPN’s largest audience for a Week 15 game since 2011, according to the network.
The Manningcast turned out to be a huge hit for the network. The duo’s presentations made for eight of ESPN’s most-watched alternate telecasts ever, averaging 1.6 million over nine episodes.
The best showing for the two came in Week 8, when the New York Giants took on the Kansas City Chiefs. Nearly 2 million tuned in to watch the Chiefs narrowly beat Eli’s former team 20-17.
While MNF would normally wrap up the week prior to the end of the regular season, this year ESPN will present games over the league’s penultimate regular season weekend. Fans can tune in Saturday afternoon and night for Chiefs/Broncos in the early game, followed by Cowboys/Eagles in primetime. Both games will be simulcast on ABC.
For the first time, ESPN will present a wild card playoff game on Monday night. It’s all part of the league’s expanded playoffs dubbed “Super Wild Card Weekend.” The MNF playoff game can be seen Jan. 17 at 8 p.m., also simulcast on ABC with MegaCast offerings on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
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SEC on CBS Draws College Football’s Most-Watched Game for Third Straight Week
Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years.
Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years. That game also peaked at nearly 7 million viewers at one point.
FOX Scores Another Big College Football Weekend
Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX.
FOX continues to grabs heaps of viewers for its prime viewing window of college football coverage.
Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX. To date, thru five weeks of the college football season, Big Noon Saturday is averaging 5,767,000 viewers, the most-watched window in college football.
NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.
The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.
Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.