In OBJ’s L.A. Rams debut, the Manningcast audience falls

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The all-in Rams brought extra excitement, in theory, to Monday night’s game between L.A. and the 49ers. The game, featuring the debut of receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not bring with it an excess amount of eyeballs to the companion broadcast on ESPN2, featuring Peyton and Eli Manning.

According to ESPN, the Manningcast generated 1.554 million viewers. That’s down from their most recent appearance. For the Week Eight Giants-Chiefs game, the Mannings racked up a season-high 1.96 million viewers. It’s also below the season-to-date average of 1.586 million.

The game generated, on all platforms, an audience of 12.3 million. This means the Manningcast accounted for 12.6 percent of the total viewership. That also represents a decline from 14 percent in Week Eight.

It’s somewhat surprising that the Manningcast didn’t account for a higher percentage of the audience, given that the second half of the game mainly consisted of garbage time. It would have been a perfect opportunity for viewers to flip from the main broadcast to what at times seems like a very entertaining podcast with a football game going on in the background. As the game become less compelling, the Manningcast beckons.

The Mannings will do it for the seventh of 10 times this season on Monday night, when the Giants visit the Buccaneers.

13 responses to “In OBJ’s L.A. Rams debut, the Manningcast audience falls

  1. “It’s somewhat surprising that the Manningcast didn’t account for a higher percentage of the audience, given that the second half of the game mainly consisted of garbage time.”

    No…it’s because the second half consisted mainly of garbage time that TVs everywhere moved away from the game in general.

  2. The only draw OBJ has is they he might get in a fight with a kicking net and end up losing that battle. Other than that his talent left him a few years ago.

  3. They need to stop with the guests, and just talk about the game. When they do, I find it better than the main broadcast.

  4. The MNF commentators (Levy, Griese, and Louie Riddick) are really good, especially Riddick

  5. Tried Manningcast for the first time this week. Exceptionally boring. I thought it was gonna be a laugh every second the way it was thrown in my face the last 8 weeks. I hung for a while, but once they brought on Draymond Green, I was done with it.

  6. Too many guests and not enough football discussion, explaining of plays and scheme…etc. That’s why I tuned in. Too many guests is why I tuned out.

  7. they need to smooth out the conversation. Way too often two people will speak at once then they will both be silent waiting for the other person to speak..gets kinda awkward

  8. It’s not that entertaining. I actually found their talking a distraction to the actual game. I can see why the ratings are falling and i would expect that they will continue their slide.

  9. If they focused on the game and talked about what they are seeing, through their experienced eyes, I’d watch it more. The guests are mostly distractions from that.

  10. In other words, their ceiling is REALLY low and the vast majority of viewers could care less about two overrated quarterbacks trying to puff up their legacies well beyond their actual accomplishments. But hey, with a ceiling that low they don’t have too far to fall and Peyton won’t have to worry about a concussion when his HGH-enhanced five-head lands.

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