Monday Night Football ratings way up from 2018 opener

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Week One finished up with a pair of Monday night games and a lot of people tuned in to see the two matchups.

ESPN says that the doubleheader drew an 8.6 overnight rating, which is up 19 percent over the Week One doubleheader last year. It’s the highest-rated opening Monday night since 2015.

The opening game between the Saints and Texans saw a ratings spike of 24 percent over the Lions-Jets matchup that kicked off last year’s slate. Having two 2018 playoff teams playing the first game in New Orleans since the much-discussed NFC title game likely helped draw people in and the fact that the game was the most entertaining of the week kept them there.

Seeing the Raiders’ response to Antonio Brown‘s departure gave the late game a compelling storyline as well. The ratings for the matchup with the Broncos were up 10 percent over last year’s game between the Rams and Raiders.

20 responses to “Monday Night Football ratings way up from 2018 opener

  1. Saints vs anyone will have a large viewership just as Patriots vs anyone will do the same. Enjoy two Hall of Fame QB’s and two coaches that know how to coach. Side note: Watch for new and creative ways for NFL refs to job the Saints!

  2. I watched the first game at the brother in law’s place. Really good game. I do wish Booger didn’t feel the need to talk and provide us with his “insight” after every single play.

  3. bobthebillsfan says:
    September 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    I watched the first game at the brother in law’s place. Really good game. I do wish Booger didn’t feel the need to talk and provide us with his “insight” after every single play.
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    I could tolerate his “insight” perhaps if he didn’t so frequently punctuate it with his giggling like a pre-pubescent valley girl. He always the smartest guy in the room. ESPN doesn’t care about football per se, to them it’s a platform to promote their agenda.

  4. thecape15 says:
    September 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    Some people indicated that they were done with the NFL after the kneeling thing.

    Maybe they are back.
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    Perhaps there is a correlation between less kneeling and an increase in ratings. It’s a shame that the kneelers aren’t doing more for their communities. The faux outrage is not reflected by comparable meaningful action in their communities.

  5. It’s a shame that the kneelers aren’t doing more for their communities.

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    How do you know what they do and dont do for their communities?

  6. “way up”

    LOL

    Sure. Sure. We always hear these spin jobs and then when learn about some ratings metric that is being used to say such a thing later on to spin it that way.

  7. I watched the first game because it was on at a decent time. Most of the games usually start at 845 or later. As someone that gets up very early in the AM, I can’t stay up to watch the whole game. Would have loved to see the second game, buy on way to late.

  8. thecape15 says:
    September 10, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    It’s a shame that the kneelers aren’t doing more for their communities.

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    How do you know what they do and dont do for their communities?

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    Police brutality is still going on. If they were doing more, you’d see a huge difference right now. People are tired of SJW logic.

  9. Police brutality is still going on. If they were doing more, you’d see a huge difference right now. People are tired of SJW logic.
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    I can appreciate your point, but disagree.

    Change usually happens slowly and comes from within.

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