Everyone is panicked about NFL TV ratings until the Dallas Cowboys come to town.
This week’s “Monday Night Football” scored the most total viewers and top rating for the ESPN franchise since the same squad hosted the Washington Redskins back on October 27, 2014. This time around, Dallas defeated the Detroit Lions 42-21.
The “MNF” season finale’s total live audience — which includes streaming viewers — was up 18 percent from last year’s version, which saw the Cincinnati Bengals visit the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. It’s worth reminding readers that streaming tune-in naturally grows along with continued technology development and adoption, of course — but regular TV still makes up the vast majority of screen selection.
Detroit-Dallas delivered an overall audience of 18.964 million average viewers and a 10.1 U.S. household rating. Of those tuning in, 18.705 million watched on TV, counting ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
The hot NFC contest handed pregame show “Monday Night Countdown” its best regular season edition since December 19, 2011.
This 2016 National Football League regular season’s previous “Monday Night Football” high-water mark came from the Week 4 New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game.
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The Top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams) were: San Antonio (23.7), Austin (19.4), Norfolk (17.0), Memphis (16.5), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (16.3), Houston (15.6), Richmond-Petersburg (15.5), Las Vegas (14.4), Milwaukee (13.9) and Oklahoma City (13.7).