Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle pulls in 19.845 million viewers

Denver Broncos v Seattle Seahawks
Getty Images

A great matchup with a great storyline culminating in a great game results in (wait for it) great ratings.

Monday’s game between the Broncos and Seahawks, featuring quarterback Russell Wilson‘s return to Seattle in his very first game with a new team, generated a total audience of 19.845 million.

That figure includes all viewers on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 (the ManningCast), ESPN+, and ESPN Deportes.

It was the third biggest audience during ESPN’s ownership of the rights to the Monday night game. The other two contests (Packers at Vikings in 2009, 21.838 million; Saints at Patriots, in 2009, 21.4 million) were televised only on ESPN. Last night’s game was simulcast on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN2.

The ManningCast accounted for 1.5 million of those viewers, or 7.5 percent of the total audience. The audience for the ManningCast represented what ESPN called a “staggering” 86-percent increase over the debut in 2021.

Last year, the Week One Manning Brothers audience of 800,000 shot to 1.532 million for Week Two. This year, they’ll return for Week Three’s game between the Giants and Dak-less Cowboys.

In Week Two, ESPN and ABC have an overlapping double-header, with Titans-Bills starting at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and Vikings-Eagles at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

On behalf of the many NFL fans who would prefer to focus on one game at a time in prime time, here’s a simple question: Why?

9 responses to “Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle pulls in 19.845 million viewers

  1. That manningcast is brutal. Poor audio quality. Reduced game screen size. Distracting topics that are hard to follow.

  2. Monday night something good happened. I switched to ESPN2, where the Mannings where on. It was more enjoyable watching the game without having to listen to Buck and “hall of famer” Aikman (I did not know that Joe). I’ll be watching the Manning Brothers if they are doing the game.

  3. Oh crap, now nearly everybody knows that our Broncos coaches are awful. Head coach didn’t play starters while he had the preseason to get the kinks out. The Defensive Coordinator’s group can’t go 5 minutes without a stupid penalty, The Offensive Coordinator can’t get the ball in the end zone from the 3-yard-line with 12 plays,
    And the head coach doesn’t know how to work the clock in the two-line drill.
    This Bronco fan in embarrassed.

  4. “That manningcast is brutal. Poor audio quality. Reduced game screen size. Distracting topics that are hard to follow.”

    Agreed. But if I’m watching a Giants-Cowboys game, that’s all mostly welcome.

  5. I love the MNF doubleheader but having the start times just over an hour apart is totally lame!

  6. Ease up embarrassed Bronco fan. It was one game. They played poorly…and still almost won. On the road. Against a HIGHLY motivated team. Think things will still work out well…Nathaniel just has to remember to let Russ cook when it counts.

  7. Remember, when Manning arrived the Broncos lost 2 of their first 3 games and 3 of their first 5. They then ran the table to their eventual playoff loss that year.

    Of course you should expect first game hiccups if you’ve not played a real game in pre-season (which you could argue is dumb or not). Look at Greenbay’s first game this year and last.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.