Week 14 Wrap: Texans/Pats Strong For ESPN, But No Season-High


The hype over Monday’s clash between the Texans and Patriots dissipated quickly as the game got out of hand, but the numbers were still good.

The Week 14 Texans/Patriots “Monday Night Football” game drew a 9.0 U.S. rating and 14.5 million viewers on ESPN, up 45% in ratings and 47% in viewership from Rams/Seahawks last year (6.2, 9.9M), and up 17% and 21%, respectively, from Ravens/Texans in 2010 (7.7, 11.9M).

The game is tied as the 5th-highest rated “MNF” telecast of the season, and stands alone as the 5th-most viewed.

After a seven-week stretch where “MNF” drew less than a 9.0 rating and 13 million viewers each week, Monday’s telecast was the second straight to clear that bar.

Among adults 18-49, Texans/Patriots drew a 5.5 rating — up 49% from last year (3.7).

Locally, the ESPN telecast drew a 13.5 in Boston and a 12.9 in Houston. The game was simulcast on local affiliates in both markets, earning a 25.6 on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and a 21.7 on Houston CBS affiliate KHOU. Outside of Texas and the New England region, the top market was Las Vegas (14.6).

Through Week 14, ESPN has averaged an 8.4 U.S. rating and 13.2 million viewers for NFL games.

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