The numbers were somewhat mediocre, but ESPN managed a modest increase in ratings and viewership for the Broncos’ Monday night comeback over the Chargers.
The Week 6 Broncos/Chargers “Monday Night Football” game drew an 8.2 U.S. rating and 12.841 million viewers on ESPN, up 5% in ratings and 6% in viewership from Jets/Dolphins last year (7.8, 12.062M), and up 32% and 33%, respectively, from Jaguars/Texans in 2010 (6.2, 9.666M).
The game ranks as the highest rated and most-viewed Week 6 “MNF” telecast since 2009 — when another Chargers/Broncos game drew an 8.3 and 13.471 million viewers.
Monday’s game topped Game 2 of the Cardinals/Giants National League Championship Series on broadcast network FOX (5.6M).
Among adults 18-49, Broncos/Chargers drew a 5.2 rating — up 4% from last year (5.0).
So far this season, ESPN has averaged an 8.9 U.S. rating and 13.819 million viewers for NFL coverage (seven games) — up 5% in ratings and 3% in viewership from last year (8.5, 13.421M).