ESPN Releases Full Season Monday Night Football Schedule

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ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.

ESPN opened the 2013 season with a double header and will do so again for the 2014 season. ESPN will open its Monday Night Football regular season broadcast schedule with a double header on September 8th. The first game on the night will see the New York Giants on the road against the Detroit Lions. The game will be the first MNF game to be broadcast from Detroit since September 1971. Mike Tirico will anchor the broadcast and will have play-by-play duties. He will be joined by analyst Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines. The trio will also handle all MNF games, which will begin at 8:15pm ET. Kickoff for all of ESPN’s MNF games is scheduled for 8:30pm ET.

The second game on ESPN’s double header slate for Monday, September 8th will see the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Diego Chargers at 10:15pm ET. It will come live from the University of Phoenix Stadium, which will also play host to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.

Now in its 45th season, Monday Night Football’s 2014 season will feature all twelve teams from the 2013 NFL Playoffs. This includes the 2013 NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC Champion Denver Broncos. The Seahawks will take on the Washington Redskins on ESPN’s MNF broadcast October 6th while the Broncos will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati on December 22nd.

Eight NFL organizations will each have two games broadcast nationally on ESPN’s MNF. Those teams are the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins. Speaking of the Redskins, Washington will renew its long held rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys once again in the 2014 NFL regular season. Washington and Dallas will meet on October 27th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The meeting will be the 16th between the two teams; second only to the rivalry between the Raiders and Broncos, who have met seventeen times.

All of ESPN’s MNF games can be seen both on television on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available daily across ESPN’s various platforms including Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter before and after each game. ESPN’s complete Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is listed below.

ESPN’s 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins
Regular Season
Sept. 8 7 p.m. New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
10:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 15 8:15 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 22 8:15 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Sept. 29 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 6 8:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins
Oct. 13 8:15 p.m. San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
Oct. 20 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 27 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 3 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Nov. 10 8:15 p.m. Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 17 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Nov. 24 8:15 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
Dec. 1 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Dec. 8 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Dec. 15 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 22 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
TBD TBD NFL Wild Card Game
Jan. 25, 2015 8 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)



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Bears, ‘Boys Bring ESPN Its Highest Rated MNF Broadcast Of 2013 Season So Far

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This week’s broadcast of Monday Night Football turned in some big numbers for ESPN.  The matchup between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys was the network’s highest-rated and most-viewed MNF broadcast of the 2013 season.  The game ranked as the number one show on the night across both cable and broadcasting in households, viewers, and all key adult demos.  The high numbers mean that ESPN took the night on Monday across all networks (broadcast and cable) in the same categories.

Monday night’s game earned a 10.2 U.S. rating.  That means that an average of 11,815,000 households and 16,192,000 viewers (P2+) tuned in to Monday night’s game.  This is according to Nielsen numbers.  Coverage of Monday’s game reached its highest point from 9:45pm ET to 10pm ET with an 11.9 rating.   Before Monday night, ESPN’s September 9th MNF broadcast was the network’s highest rated MNF game.  That game featured the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Washington Redskins.  It pulled in a 10.1 rating with 16,524,000 viewers.

Dallas viewers gave Monday night’s game a 19.9 rating on ESPN and a 5.8 on KTXD-IND for a combined 25.6 rating in that market.  In Chicago, the broadcast pulled in a 12.9 rating on ESPN and 24.5 on Chicago’s ALS-ABC for a combined 37.4 combined rating in the Chicago market.  ESPN’s MNF average rating through Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season is 8.6.  That equals to an average of 10,012,000 households, and 13,677,000 viewers.  That is an increase of two, four, and four percent respectively against the same period in 2012.

On an even better note, Monday Night’s NFL broadcast on ESPN Deportes was also the most watched NFL game ever on nationally broadcast Spanish language television.  It averaged a 0.7 Hispanic household rating.  That is the equivalent of 105,000 Hispanic households and 174,000 Hispanic viewers.  It marks the second time this season alone that ESPN Deportes has reached this mark.  It bests the network’s previous high mark from the November 18th match between the Pats and Panthers on November 18th.  That matchup pulled in a 0.6 Hispanic Household rating for ESPN Deportes, which equals to 90,000 Hispanic households and 157,000 Hispanic viewers.

ESPN Deportes’ Monday Night Football broadcasts are averaging 45,000 Hispanic households and 67,000 Hispanic viewers (P2+) so far in the 2013 season.  Those are increases of twenty-three and thirteen percent respectively.  That is based on a 0.3 Hispanic household rating.

ESPN’s digital numbers for Monday Night Football are also up, along with its television numbers.  To date, WatchESPN has generated an average minute audience of 628,000 during telecasts.  That number is up twenty-eight percent from the same period last year.  WatchESPN viewers logged 13.8 million live minutes 204,000 unique viewers, and an average minute audience of 73,000.  Those are increases of one hundred twenty-seven percent, one hundred-fifteen percent, and one hundred-twenty-percent respectively over the same time last year.  So far this season, WatchESPN is averaging so far this season for its Monday Night Football coverage 186,000 unique viewers, (up 110 percent), 13.0 million live minutes (up 145 percent) and an average minute audience of 66,000 (up 142 percent) per game.

Next on ESPN’s MNF schedule is an interdivisional matchup between the Ravens and Lions with playoff implications on the line.  That game is scheduled for next Monday, December 16th.  More information on ESPN’s MNF schedule is available online at,, and  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at