NEW YORK – The “Monday Night Football” presentation with Peyton and Eli Manning increased its audiences 138% from last week’s debut, becoming the most-watched alternative show in ESPN history.
ESPN and Nielsen reported that Mannings ‘freewheeling telecast of the Green Bay Packers’ 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions on ESPN2 averaged 1.9 million viewers. The Week 1 overtime thriller between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders averaged 800,000 people.
The previous record for an alternate presentation of ESPN was 1.03 million for the January 2018 college football playoff championship game between Alabama and Georgia on ESPN2.
Monday night’s game had an overall average of 13.81 million on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
The Mannings are expected to play eight more games on Monday night this season, including next week’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. The other seven have not been determined.
NFL audiences grew 14% in the first two weeks of last year, according to the league and Nielsen. The average number of 17.7 million viewers is the highest since 2016.
The Cowboys’ win over the Los Angeles Chargers on CBS late Sunday afternoon averaged $ 24.29 million, making it the most-watched program on television this week.
The NBC Sunday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens averaged $ 20.8 million on television and online.