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.