ESPN's Monday Night Football Game Has Best Overnight Rating Since 2014
Last night's ESPN MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game - a thrilling Los Angeles Rams' 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs that produced the most combined points in a game in MNF history - earned an 11.3 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. It is the best overnight rating for an ESPN MNF game since 2014 (12.1, Dallas-Washington, 10/27/2014) and ESPN's highest overnight rating since the COLLEGE FOOTBALL Playoff National Championship Game on January 8.
The Chiefs-Rams overnight rating also represents a 57 percent increase over the 7.2 rating for the week 11 game (Atlanta-Seattle) in 2017.
The game rating peaked at 12.5 on the final drive from 11:45 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET as Patrick Mahomes attempted to lead the Chiefs down the field.
Originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City as part of the 2018 NFL International Series, the Chiefs-Rams game was moved on Nov. 14 to the Los Angeles Coliseum. Last night's game was the first MNF game played in Los Angeles in 33 years (October 28, 1985).
· In Kansas City, the game delivered a 16.6 rating on ESPN and a 36.2 rating on KMBC-ABC, for a combined 52.8 rating in the market.
· In Los Angeles, the game delivered a 10.4 rating on ESPN - the highest rating in the market since 2016 - and a 9.2 on KABC-ABC, for a combined 19.6 rating in the market.
Top 10 markets:
The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (21.4), San Diego (16.2), Denver (15.7), Seattle-Tacoma (15.5), Phoenix (14.4), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (14.3), Richmond, Va. (14.0), Minneapolis-St. Paul (13.8), Washington, D.C. (13.8), and Las Vegas (13.7).
Postgame SPORTSCENTER with Scott Van Pelt - up 59 percent
The MNF postgame SPORTSCENTER with Scott Van Pelt continued its streak of year-over-year overnight ratings increases with a 3.0 average metered market rating last night, an increase of 59 percent vs. last year's comparable show (1.9).
Final numbers are expected late afternoon.