ESPN Monday Night Football Overnight Rating Up 63 Percent Over a Year Ago

Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – a Dallas Cowboys’ 28-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals earned a 9.3 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. This is an increase of 63 percent compared to Falcons-Saints in 2016. The game rating peaked from 9:15-9:45 p.m. ET with a 10.3 metered market rating.

  • In Dallas, the game delivered a 9.2 rating on ESPN and a 19.8 rating on WFAA-ABC, for a combined 29.0 rating in the market.
  • In Phoenix, the game delivered a 13.6 rating on ESPN and an 8.6 on KUTP-IND, for a combined 22.2 rating in the market.

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): San Antonio (20.9), Austin (20.3), Norfolk (15.1), Richmond-Petersburg (14.0), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (13.7), Memphis (13.4), Washington D.C. (13.3), New Orleans (12.9), Philadelphia (12.6) and Buffalo (11.2).

Final numbers are expected late afternoon.

Note: ESPN’s MNF ratings are now being reported based on Nielsen Total Audience.