NFL Week 13 Wrap: Saints/Seahawks Blowout Down on ESPN

Posted by | December 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

A lopsided score kept ESPN from blockbuster numbers for Monday’s much-hyped Saints/Seahawks game.

The Week 13 Saints/Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game drew a 9.7 U.S. rating and 15.5 million viewers on ESPN, down 5% in ratings and 4% in viewership from Giants/Washington last year (10.2, 16.2M), but up 59% and 64%, respectively, from Chargers/Jaguars in 2011 (6.1, 9.5M).

Despite the modest decline, Saints/Seahawks earned the fourth-highest rating and viewership of the season for “Monday Night Football” — trailing only Patriots/Panthers in Week 11 (9.9, 15.8M), Bears/Packers in Week 9 (10.1, 16.1M), and Eagles/Washington in Week 1 (10.1, 16.5M).

Monday’s game drew a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49, down 10% from last year (6.0), but up 43% from 2011 (3.8).

Locally, the ESPN telecast drew a 21.3 rating in Seattle and an 18.0 in New Orleans. The game was simulcast on local affiliates in both markets, earning a 25.2 on Seattle independent affiliate KONG and a 37.2 on New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU.

Through Week 13, ESPN has averaged an 8.5 U.S. rating and 13.5 million viewers for NFL coverage — up 1% and 3%, respectively, from last year (8.4, 13.1M).

(Mon. finals from ESPN Media Zone, TV By the Numbers)

  • Nate Johnson

    This is the 8th Season since Monday Night Football moved to ESPN and Sunday Night Football to NBC… I wonder would Al Michaels admit that there has better match-ups this season and recently on MNF than it was when he was broadcasting it on ABC. The NFL and ESPN has to be relieved that Teams are Better top to bottom than ever before