ESPN’s MNF Wins Monday’s Ratings Race

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Monday Night Football brought in some big numbers for ESPN Monday night. The matchup of the Steelers and Texans helped the worldwide leader in sports essentially run the table. The network won the night among all networks in viewers, households, and all key male and adult demographics. It came in as the top broadcast of the night across cable and broadcast among those key male demos, as well as adults 18 – 34 and 18 – 49.

Monday night’s matchup between the Steelers and Texans averaged an 8.1 household U.S. rating. That equals to 9,483,000 households and 13,275,000 viewers (P2+) according to Nielsen. The broadcast peaked from 9:45 – 10pm ET with a 9.1 rating and 15,124,000 viewers.

The battle between the AFC foes pulled in a 14.3 rating on ESPN and a 13.0 on KIAH-CW for a combined 27.3 rating for that market. Pittsburgh viewers pushed the game to a 10.8 rating on ESPN and a 27.8 on WTAE-ABC for a combined 3805 rating in the Pitttsburgh market. In Baltimore, home of the Steelers’ AFC North divisional foes the Ravens, Monday night’s broadcast pulled in a 12.1. Fellow AFC markets Indianapolis and Jacksonville brought in a 10.6 and 10.5 respectively. In the bigger picture of the nation’s top ten metered markets, Las Vegas brought in the highest ratings with a 15.1. It was followed by Sacramento and San Diego. Both pulled in a 12.2 rating. It brought in an 11.0 with San Antonio and Richmond bringing in a 10.8 and 10.7 respectively.

Monday Night Football is averaging an 8.3 household U.S. rating through the first seven weeks of the season for ESPN. That is the equivalent of 9,618,000 households and 13,355,000 viewers.

The numbers or ESPN’s digital broadcast of Monday night’s matchup between the Steelers and Texans was impressive in its own right. Monday’s game reached 313,000 unique visitors on WatchESPN. That is an increase of 87 percent compared to week 7 from last season. It logged 21.5 million minutes viewed. That is an increase of 76 percent from the same time last year. It had an average minute audience of 106,000. That, too is an increase of 76 percent. These combined numbers drove ESPN as the most social network for the seventh straight Monday. Additionally they pushed Monday Night Football to the position of the most social program for the day.

Spanish-speaking audiences helped push Monday night’s game to the top, too. Monday night’s game between the Steelers and Texans averaged a 0.4 average Hispanic household U.S. rating. That is the equivalent of 66,000 Hispanic Household impressions. This is an increase of fourteen percent over the same time last year. It brought in 86,000 Hispanic P2+ impressions. So far this season, ESPN Deportes is averaging a 0.4 Hispanic Household rating. That is a one hundred percent gain, with 59,000 Hispanic Household Impressions and 87,000 Hispanic P2+ impressions. That are increases of 73 percent and 85 percent respectively.

Next week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 8:30 pm ET. It will mark the sixteenth time that the NFC East rivals will face off on Monday night. That is second only to the Raiders and Broncos, who have faced one another seventeen times in the forty-five year history of ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

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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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Bengals, Steelers Face Off On ESPN’s MNF Week 2 Broadcast

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AFC North foes, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers face off this Monday on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast.  Both teams come into week two looking to get into the “win” column after having a tough opening week.  The Bengals lost in Week 1 to the Chicago Bears 24 – 21.  The Steelers fell to the Tennessee Titans 16 – 9 in a tough fought battle on both sides of the ball.  ESPN’s Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will have the call from the booth when the Bengals and Steelers face off live next Monday, September 16th from Cincinnati.  They will be joined by Lisa Salters on the sidelines.  Broadcast of the game is expected to start at 8pm ET.

Next Monday’s broadcast of Monday Night Football will be preceded by ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.  Stuart Scott will anchor the pre-game show live from Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.  He will be joined by NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, Steve Young, and contributor Rick Reilly.  Also on hand for the two-hour pre-game show will be ESPN’s Chris Berman, NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, and Tom Jackson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  The latter group will come to audiences live from ESPN’s offices in Bristol, Connecticut.  Gruden will have an interview with former Steeler and current Bengals linebacker James Harrison during the pre-game show.  Rick Reilly will have an interview with Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon.  Audiences will want to tune in for this eye opening interview as McLendon will discuss how he practices ballet to help his agility.

Also expected for this week, Jon Gruden’s brother Jay is will be featured on “Soundtracks” and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will be on First Take with Stephen A. Smith.  And the day after the fierce foes face off, Bengals star AJ Green will be the focus of ESPN’s E: 60.  Audiences will see his highs and lows, from losing people close to him both as a child and a teenager to his more positive moments.  Lisa Salters will host next week’s episode of E: 60.

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ESPN Announces NFL Preseason Schedule

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The National Football League and ESPN have announced their preseason schedules for the 2013-2014 season.  Four of the NFL’s preseason games will be run on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  It all kicks off Thursday, August 8th at 8pm.  Matt Ryan and the NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons will host Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.  The first of the network’s actual Monday night games will air Monday, August 19th at 8pm.  That night will see the Steelers on the road against the NFC East Champion Washington Redskins.  The Chargers and Bears will go toe-to-toe Thursday, August 15th at 8pm.  This will be an interesting game as both teams will be headed by new coaches.  The network’s preseason schedule wraps with the defending NFL Champion Ravens taking on the Carolina Panthers who look to rebound this season after a very rough 2012-2013 season.

All four games will be called by Mike Trico and Jon Gruden.  They will be joined by sideline reporter Lisa Salters.  The games all lead up to ESPN’s MNF regular season opener Monday, September 9th.  All four of the network’s preseason games will be preceded by a one hour Monday Night Countdown pre-game show. 

ESPN Deportes will offer its own production of MNF preseason and regular season games.  All games will also be available online and on mobile internet via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.

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ESPN Announces Tuesday Superbowl Coverage

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The countdown to Superbowl XLVII is on.  One day down and six more to go.  Superbowl XLVII airs Sunday night on CBS affiliates nationwide.  In the meantime, NFL fans can get their football fix on ESPN and its family of networks both on TV and on the radio.  Tomorrow, the countdown rolls on with another whole day of programming dedicated solely to the big game.  It all starts Tuesday morning with Mike and Mike in the morning from 6am – 10am EST/5am – 9am CT.  Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards at 7:30am.  ESPN Insider Adam Schefter follows at 7:45 and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth will be in at 8am.  Audiences can check it all out on TV at ESPN2 and on the radio at every ESPN Radio affiliate across the country.

Mark and Mark are only the tip of the iceberg for Tuesday’s coverage.  Once they get things started, host Hannah Storm takes viewers into more depth along with ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth and special guest Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel on SportsCenter on ESPN.  That’s from 9am – 3pm EST (8am – 2pm CT).

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd joins in the festivities on The Herd with Colin Cowherd from 10am – 1pm EST (9am – 12pm CT).  He’ll be joined by Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel at 10:30/9:30 CT and NFL legend Bill Romanowski at 12:15pm/11:15pm CT.  That’s on ESPN Radio and ESPNU.

Later in the afternoon, fans can tune in to SVP and Rusillo as hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Rusillo welcome ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi at 2:15/1:15CT.  That’s on ESPN News and every ESPN Radio affiliate across the dial.

Still not enough?  Host Steve Levy takes viewers into the later afternoon hours from 3pm/2pm CT – 4pm/3pm CT on ESPN.  He will be joined by ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Tedy Bruschi in a special edition of SportsCenter presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza.

NFL Live follows the day’s special edition of SportsCenter.  Host Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Ron Jaworski will be discussing Sunday’s game and what to expect from both sides.  That’s Tuesday evening from 4pm/3pm CT – 5pm/4pmCT also on ESPN.

SportsNation presented by Toyota will be on at 4/3CT.  Hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards and special guests Brett Keisel and Bill Romanowski on ESPN2.

As the sun starts to set on the day, the ESPN family of networks still has plenty of coverage for fans.  From 5/4CT  – 6/5CT, hosts Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen welcome fans for NFL32 on ESPN2.  They will be joined by ESPN Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth.

Steve Levy will be back on the air again from 6pm – 7pm EST/5pm – 6pm CT for another edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.  He will be joined by analysts Tedy Bruschi and Cris Carter.

ESPN’s Hispanic audience hasn’t been left out of the celebrations.  From 8pm – 9pm ET/7pm – 8pm CT, ESPN Dos will air the NFL Semanal special.  It will be hosted by Ciro Picuna.  Picuna will be joined by analysts Raul Allegre, Alvaro Martin, Eduardo Varela, John Sutcliffe, and Mauricia Pedroza.  It will also air at 9:30pm/8:30 CT and 12am/11pm CT on Latin North.

Capping the day’s Superbowl coverage is one more edition of SportsCenter from 9pm – 12am/8pm – 11pm CT on ESPN.  Host Stuart Scott is scheduled to host.  Scott will be joined live by analysts Trent Dilfer and Merril Hoge.

All programs are open for public viewing all week as they will be broadcast live from New Orleans.  Fans are encouraged to attend.

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