Monday Night Football ratings are the lowest for Week 14 since 2011

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Monday night’s game between the Vikings and Seahawks didn’t have many points. Which means that it didn’t draw many eyeballs.

Via Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, the Week 14 Monday night game generated an overnight rating of 7.9. That reflects a seven-percent drop from last year’s Week 14 Monday night contest between the Patriots and Dolphins. Karp notes that it’s also the lowest Week 14 Monday night rating since 2011.

The low Monday and Thursday ratings sandwich the strongest Sunday since 2016. Which underscores the reality that people are more inclined to watch high-scoring games between good teams.

Thursday night’s game between the Chargers and Chiefs should perform well, as should the Sunday night game between the Eagles and Rams and the Monday nighter between the Saints and Panthers.

58 responses to “Monday Night Football ratings are the lowest for Week 14 since 2011

  1. Hmm.
    Well, fans missed a great broadcast.
    Who needs scoring? Booger’s teaching moments are really special.
    And we learned K.Cousins has an $84M contract.

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    As bad as Witten is good ole Boog always butting in stating the same thing he already has 1000 times previously is what really kills the broadcast for me. Witten is bad, but he is improving. Booger is just flat out annoying. I have a feeling the broadcast team will be new next season

  2. Why even watch the game? With the Seahawks having a winning record everyone already knew the Vikings would lose with Kirk Cousins at the help. The stiff had 22 yards passing in the 1st half and the only reason his yardage looks even mediocre is because the Seahawks gave up a bunch of garbage yards after the game was all but over.

  3. The Seahawks are terrible for ratings because they still play NFL football vs. the arena league stuff the rest of the teams play that everyone seems to like more.

  4. Nationally people don’t care about the Vikings. This is no surprise. If they play a team people care about…Packers, Cowboys, Steelers, Giants…the ratings will be there. Without a marquee team to play Minnesota won’t draw much.

  5. Someone please tell Seattle to stop wearing the Lime Green uniforms. I could not watch the game with those nauseating uniforms and had to change the channel.

  6. Move the games away from ESPN and back on ABC TV channels. Everybody would be able to see the MNF games, and the garbage shows on ABC on Monday can then go away.

    MNF used to be a special treat for football fans on Monday nights.

  7. How about quit force feeding the public NFC North and NFC East featured teams. The Powers that be are going after the big market teams also these teams have the biggest spread of fans around the country. Just get us exciting games, the Cheifs Rams game was football bliss for me and I really dont want to watch another prime time game unless there is the possibility of similar results. I will follow the Rams ir KC wherever they pop up. And i have no ties to either city. Show us more shootouts. Less Viks Giants, Eagles(what happened there) Cowboys, and the Washington football team. The helmet alone is no longer enough give us good produt on the field!

  8. Jeze even i think that was long winded. Ladies and gentlemen.presenting my dissertation on why 3 yards and a cloud of dust is no longer viable! Now give me my Doctorate

  9. Monday Night Football used to be special treat. I’m sorry, but Jason Witten needs to go. Booger, and Tessitore are fine in my opinion, but Witten is the worst Monday night commentator since Dennis Miller. He does not help the ratings. His comments seem forced. Tony Romo, and Troy Aikman are great.

  10. People outside of Minnesota just don’t care about the Vikings I live in New York and you see a lot of people wearing besides jets and Giants, cowboys, Steelers ,Packers attire but I rarely see Vikings . I guess they have to win something so the younger fans appreciate them . But that’s not happening anytime soon.

  11. People I talked to are angry that the Redskins refused to sign Kaepernick and are boycotting. I’m not sure why people protesting over what is being done to an innocent man isn’t being talked about in the media as a primary reason ratings are down.

  12. briang123 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 7:08 pm
    People I talked to are angry that the Redskins refused to sign Kaepernick and are boycotting. I’m not sure why people protesting over what is being done to an innocent man isn’t being talked about in the media as a primary reason ratings are down.
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    If true, one thing is for certain…
    You have dumb friends/acquaintances

  13. “People outside of Minnesota just don’t care about the Vikings”

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    Bingo!

    They are irrelevant to most everyone on earth. The NFL is for sure rooting for Philly, Wash, or Green Bay to get that other wilcard spot with Seattle.

  14. Two reasons ratings were bad-
    1. Everyone listened to Witten and Booger last Monday and couldn’t take it anymore
    2. There’s not a person in America outside of Minnesota who ever thought for a second the Vikings could win the game. Seattle was going to win and everyone knew it, so why stay up late?

  15. And if you think this MNF games ratings were down you ought to look at about 50% of the stadiums on any given Sunday a lot are 25% to well over 50% empty and so of the team are in the middle of a playoff race! I think it was 3 weeks ago I was watching the KC home game and the stands were 30-40% empty = ARE YOU KIDDIN’ ME, with the season they’re having? Why doesn’t this never get reported?

    And what’s up with these godawful color-rush uni’s I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING SO UGLY IN MY 58yrs!!! I was searching for the proper words to describe just how ugly they are but everything I came up with all have expletives.

  16. David Muehlhausen says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm
    Hmm.
    Well, fans missed a great broadcast.
    Who needs scoring? Booger’s teaching moments are really special.
    And we learned K.Cousins has an $84M contract.

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    As bad as Witten is good ole Boog always butting in stating the same thing he already has 1000 times previously is what really kills the broadcast for me. Witten is bad, but he is improving. Booger is just flat out annoying. I have a feeling the broadcast team will be new next season
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    I think I heard Booger say, “You can’t win if you don’t score any points.” Why wouldn’t people tune in for that kind of brilliant analysis?

    And Witten disappeared for long stretches at a time. Not sure if he was intimidated by Booger’s awesome comments, or if he’s just gun-shy now that everyone is making fun of the things that come out of his mouth.

    When it’s a bad game, the announcers have to be halfway entertaining to hold the viewer’s interest. This group definitely is not that.

  17. The game stunk! It was 3-0 well into the third quarter. I watched the 2nd and most of the third, fell asleep and turned it off.

    Now, if the game was 27-24, still a 3 point difference, I probably would have watched it….game play matters….

  18. Nobody outside of Minnesota cares about the Vikings.
    And there’s a large percentage of the people inside the state that feel the same way.
    It’s really that simple.

  19. David Muehlhausen says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm
    Hmm.
    Well, fans missed a great broadcast.
    Who needs scoring? Booger’s teaching moments are really special.
    And we learned K.Cousins has an $84M contract.

    ==============
    As bad as Witten is good ole Boog always butting in stating the same thing he already has 1000 times previously is what really kills the broadcast for me. Witten is bad, but he is improving. Booger is just flat out annoying. I have a feeling the broadcast team will be new next season

    +++++++++++++=

    Yeah. I thought the sarcasm was dripping… but guess not.

  20. I thought the game announcers were just fine… but then I was watching espn desportes and though I didn’t hardly understand anything, I enjoyed listening to a MNF game for once

  21. mcna7167 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    Someone please tell Seattle to stop wearing the Lime Green uniforms. I could not watch the game with those nauseating uniforms and had to change the channel.
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    EXACTLY looking like Highlighter markers running up and down the field! LOL

  22. When December arrives the only games at night must have a first place team exception Thursday which should be taken off the schedule. No NFL fan wants to watch Giants, 49ers, Cardinals, Jets or any other also ran in December. Eagles, Rams this Sunday night should be switched unless league wants a replay of Saints, Eagles.

  23. It’s the halftime show if you ask me. I have to turn the channel and forget to back if it is not a good game. I want football, not obscure music.

  24. Could it be too much football? Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, Monday night, and Thursday night. Maybe less is more. I remember a big college game on Thursday night. But Booger and Whitten don’t help, they’re horrible. Listening to Booger repeat himself 100 times is not entertaining.

  25. The NFC is boring to watch compared to the AFC. The Chiefs/Chargers Thursday night game ratings will be through the roof. Monday Night Football has another NFC dud next week. Are people really going to watch the Saints kick the Panthers head in? Also, there is nothing more boring than watching the NFC East play each other in primetime and it happens all the time.

  26. I enjoyed the game – As a longtime NFL fan, I don’t mind the occasional hard-hitting, low-scoring defensive struggle, which that was. I found it tense and interesting, actually. But I can see why some casual viewers would turn away.

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