Week 13 Wrap: Star Studded “MNF” Matchup Big Draw For ESPN


Big market NFC East rivals gave ESPN a boost on Monday night.

The Week 13 Giants/Washington “Monday Night Football” game drew a 10.2 U.S. rating and 16.2 million viewers on ESPN, up 67% in ratings and 71% in viewership from Chargers/Jaguars last year (6.1, 9.5M), and up 2% and down 2%, respectively, from Patriots/Jets in 2010 (10.0, 16.5M).

The game ranks as the most-viewed and the third-highest rated and second-most viewed “MNF” telecast of the season, and the top telecast since Bears/Cowboys in Week 4 (10.5, 16.6M).

Among adults 18-49, Monday’s game drew a 6.0 rating — up 58% from last year (3.8), and the highest demo rating since Week 4 (6.8).

Locally, the ESPN telecast drew a 20.9 rating in Washington, D.C. and an 11.9 in New York. The telecast was also simulcast on local affiliates in both markets, earning a 10.3 on independent D.C. affiliate WDCA and a 6.9 on independent New York affiliate WWOR.

Through Week 13, ESPN has averaged an 8.4 U.S. rating and 13.114 million viewers for NFL games.

(Monday’s numbers from ESPN Media Zone, with adults 18-49 rating from The Futon Critic)