For all the hype, the New York Jets have not moved the needle much this season.
The Week 5 edition of “Monday Night Football,” a Jets defeat at the hands of the undefeated Texans, earned a 10.0 overnight rating on ESPN — down 12% from Bears/Lions last year (11.3), and down 18% from Vikings/Jets in 2010 (12.2).
The 10.0 overnight is the lowest for “MNF” since the Week 1 doubleheader games drew overnights of 8.1 and 7.9. In addition, the 10.0 is the lowest for a Week 5 “MNF” telecast since Jets/Dolphins drew the same number in 2009.
So far this season, the Jets have been featured in three NFL telecast windows — the Week 2 national window on CBS (Jets/Steelers in 82% of markets), the Week 4 regional window on FOX (49ers/Jets in 58% of markets) and Monday’s game. Only one of the three games managed an increase in overnight ratings over last year — the Week 4 telecast, which was up 5%.
Monday’s game drew a 34.4 rating in Houston (12.0 on ESPN, 22.4 on local affiliate) and a 13.8 in New York (9.5 on ESPN, 4.3 on local affiliate). Las Vegas (18.4) led all neutral markets.
(Monday’s overnight from ESPN)