NFL Week 8: With Several Major Markets Excluded, “MNF” Overnight Down From ’11


With some of the largest markets in the country not factored in the numbers, the latest edition of “Monday Night Football” had a decline in overnights on ESPN.

The Week 8 edition of “Monday Night Football,” pitting the 49ers against the Cardinals, drew an 8.3 overnight rating on ESPN — down 5% from Chargers/Chiefs last year (8.7), and down 4% from Texans/Colts in 2010 (8.6).

The 8.3 overnight is the fourth-lowest of the season for “MNF” (nine telecasts), ahead of only Lions/Bears in Week 7 (7.3), Chargers/Raiders in Week 1 (7.9) and Ravens/Bengals in Week 1 (8.1).

Due to inclement weather, top TV markets such as New York (#1), Philadelphia (#4), Boston (#7), and Washington, D.C. (#8) were excluded from the numbers.

Monday’s game drew a 20.3 rating in Phoenix (12.2 on ESPN, 8.1 on local affiliate) and an 18.0 in the Bay Area (7.4 on ESPN, 10.6 on local affiliate).

(Monday’s numbers from Sports Business Daily)