UPDATE, 3:34 PM: The final score is in and it is a big triumph for ESPN and the NFL, in more ways than one. Eight weeks in, last night’s overtime underdog win by the Washington Redskins over the Dallas Cowboys hit a Monday Night Football ratings season high. The 20-17 game got a 6.9 among adults 18-49. That’s a 43% rise over last week’s Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans. In a season of big spreads and low drama, last night’s game was also up 18% from the previous current season high of the Philadelphia Eagles nail bitter 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts on September 15.
In terms of household ratings, the game between long time rivals D.C. vs. Dallas last night had an 11.4 result. That’s the best MNF has done in HH ratings since November 30, 2009 when the Saints thrashed the New England Patriots 38-17. Needless to say, ESPN won the TV night this Monday.
Last night’s game also was a 4-year touchdown for MNF viewershipwise. The 18.809 million who watched the battle in Dallas last night not only made it easily the most watched show on broadcast and cable but also the most watched MNF since the December 27, 2010 game when the New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-14. Boosted by a holiday crowd, that game had 19.137 million viewers.
PREVIOUS, 7:38 AM: It was an overtime win for the Washington Redskins last night and it was a big win for ESPN and the NFL. The D.C. team’s 20-17 dramatic upset over the Dallas Cowboys scored Monday Night Football its best overnight rating since December 27, 2010. The 12.1 metered market result matches the result of the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons in that post-Christmas game nearly 4 years ago. Last night’s game on ESPN also was the best MNF result since the Cowboys and the Redskins faced off on October 25, 2010. That battle between the two highly competitive teams got a 12.3.
Deep into the 2014-2015 NFL season, the Redskins’ win over rivals the Cowboys in Dallas topped the MNF opener of September 8 between the winning Detroit Lions and the New York Giants by 31%. Last night’s MNF is also up a linebacker strong 28% from the metered market results of the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on October 20. The 8:15 – 11:45 PM ET game in the Lone Star state last night peaked with a 14.3 between 11:15 – 11:30 PM ET as the match-up headed into its final minutes.
The top 10 markets for last night’s game were D.C. (17.8), Dallas (14.0), Richmond (24.7), San Antonio (24.5), Norfolk (20.2), Austin (19.3), Las Vegas (18.9), New Orleans (18.0), Baltimore (16.9), San Diego (16.7), Albuquerque (16.1) and Houston (15.9).