NFL Week 12: ESPN Has Decline in Overnights For Battle of Beleaguered Teams

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One of the busiest weeks on the NFL calendar ended with a dud on Monday night.

The Week 12 edition of “Monday Night Football,” pitting the 2-8 Panthers against the 3-7 Eagles, earned a 7.8 overnight rating on ESPN — down 22% from Giants/Saints last year (10.0), and down 4% from 49ers/Cardinals in 2010 (8.1).

The 7.8 ranks as the third-lowest “MNF” overnight of the season, ahead of only Chargers/Raiders in Week 1 (7.9) and Lions/Bears in Week 7 (7.3).

Locally, the ESPN telecast drew a 12.2 rating in Philadelphia and an 11.8 in Charlotte. The game was also simulcast on local broadcast affiliates in the teams’ home markets, earning an 11.9 on independent Philadelphia affiliate WPHL and a 10.5 on Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC.

Keep in mind that Monday’s game aired opposite the Knicks/Nets NBA regular season game on TNT. While Panthers/Eagles more than likely crushed Knicks/Nets in the ratings, the unusual competition likely pulled away a few viewers.

(Monday’s overnight from Sports Business Daily)

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