The first Monday night NFL telecast of the season was off double-digits compared to last year.
Monday’s Jets/Texans NFL preseason game drew 4.966 million viewers on ESPN, down 12% from last year (NYG/NYJ: 5.614M), but up 9% from 2009 (CAR/NYG: 4.561M).
Though down from last year, the game attracted more viewers than the August 11 Seahawks/Chargers matchup, the first nationally televised game of the preseason (4.390M).
Among adults 18-49, Monday’s game drew a 1.9 rating — down 17% from last year (2.3).
(This week’s numbers from TV By the Numbers)