NFL Week 2: Broncos Attract Another Strong Audience, This Time For ESPN


For the second straight week, Peyton Manning and the Broncos attracted strong numbers in primetime.

The Week 2 edition of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” pitting the Broncos against the Falcons, earned an 11.3 overnight rating — up 28% from Rams/Giants last year (8.8), and up 7% from Saints/49ers in 2010 (10.6).

The 11.3 overnight is the best for any “MNF” telecast since Bears/Eagles in Week 9 last year (11.7), and the best for a Week 2 telecast since Eagles/Cowboys in 2008 (12.4).

Even with the strong numbers, Monday’s telecast earned the second-lowest overnight of Week 2 — trailing the singleheader on FOX (13.3), both games of the CBS doubleheader (11.6 and 14.4) and “Sunday Night Football” on NBC (13.9). Only “Thursday Night Football” on NFL Network (6.3) drew a lower overnight.

Locally, Broncos/Falcons earned a 40.3 rating in Denver (18.9 on ESPN and 21.4 on a local affiliate) and a 28.8 in Atlanta (12.5 on ESPN and 16.3 on a local affiliate).

(Monday’s numbers from ESPN)