NFL Week 13 Overnights: ESPN Hits High, FOX/NBC Up, CBS Down

Posted by | December 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The Week 13 NFL overnight ratings, including a season-high for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

  • ESPN Ties Season-High: The Week 13 Giants/Washington “Monday Night Football” game drew an 11.6 overnight rating on ESPN, up 68% from Chargers/Jaguars last year (6.9), and up 4% from Patriots/Jets in 2010 (11.2). The 11.6 is tied as the highest “MNF” overnight of the season, tying Bears/Cowboys in Week 4.
  • Despite Poor Records, Eagles/Cowboys Up: The latest edition of “Sunday Night Football,” pitting the 3-8 Eagles against the 5-6 Cowboys, earned a 13.5 overnight rating on NBC — up 13% from Lions/Saints last year (11.9), but down 8% from Steelers/Ravens in 2010 (14.6). The 13.5 is tied as the eighth-highest NFL overnight of the season on NBC (15 telecasts).
  • Big Numbers For FOX Singleheader: The Week 13 NFL singleheader window on FOX, featuring Vikings/Packers in 33% of markets, earned a 13.5 overnight rating — up 9% from coverage on CBS last year (12.3), and up 27% from coverage on CBS in 2010 (9.7). The 13.5 is likely the highest of the season for the NFL singleheader on any network (overnights from Week 9 were not available).
  • On a Bad Day For CBS, Lower Ratings: On a day when CBS was panned by media critics for its NFL coverage, the network had declines for both doubleheader games. The NFL national window, featuring Steelers/Ravens in 93% of markets, drew a 15.3 overnight — the highest of Week 13, but down 17% from Packers/Giants on FOX last year (18.5), and down 15% from Cowboys/Colts on FOX in 2010 (18.0).

    In the early window, regional action drew a 10.2 overnight — trailing all other Week 13 games on the major networks. The 10.2 marks an 8% decline from both last year and 2010 (11.0).

NFL Week 13 Overnights on the Major Networks
With comparisons to the previous week and the previous two years

Window Featured Game Net Ovrnt. Rating Last Week Last Year 2010
Away Home
Single Vikings Packers FOX
13.5
10.5
12.3
9.7
Regional Patriots Dolphins CBS
10.2
8.7
11.0
11.0
National Steelers Ravens CBS
15.3
16.5
18.5
18.0
SNF Eagles Cowboys NBC
13.5
13.5
11.9
14.6
MNF Giants Washington ESPN
11.6
7.8
6.9
11.2

(Week 13 numbers from Sports Business Daily, ESPN)