With the presidential election hours away, perhaps viewers were not as invested usual in a matchup of sub-.500 NFL teams.
The Week 9 Eagles/Saints “Monday Night Football” game drew an 8.2 U.S. rating and 12.857 million viewers on ESPN, down 23% in ratings and 24% in viewership from Bears/Eagles last year (10.7, 16.847M), and down 11% and 14%, respectively, from Steelers/Bengals in 2010 (9.2, 15.016M).
The telecast was also down compared to Steelers/Washington in 2008 (8.7, 14.205M), the last time “MNF” aired on the eve of the U.S. presidential election.
Overall, Eagles/Saints ranks as the lowest rated and least-viewed Week 9 “MNF” telecast since Ravens/Steelers in 2007 (6.4, 9.9M).
Among adults 18-49, Monday’s game drew a 5.1 rating — down 26% from last year.
ESPN has averaged an 8.4 U.S. rating and 13.117 million viewers for NFL coverage through Week 9 of the season (ten telecasts), flat in ratings and down 1% in viewership from last year (8.4, 13.181M), and down 9% and 10%, respectively, from 2010 (9.2, 14.665M).
(Monday’s numbers from ESPN, with additional information from The Futon Critic)