Inside The Numbers: Monday Night Football Taking It To Network Television

Thursday, September 20, 2007


In the essence of fair and balanced reporting I wanted to pass along this set of ratings for Monday Night Football. While ratings are down from last year after two weeks, MNF is destroyed every other show on television during the three games they've aired this year. An average of 8+ million (9.1 Rating) people watched the Redskins-Eagles game making it the second most watched show on cable for the year (High School Musical #1), and the number one (cable or network television) for the night.

Even more impressive than that is that ESPN's three Monday Night telecasts have finished first on their respective nights (cable or network television), and they also rank second, third, and fifth in overall ratings for the year. To beat out network television when just over half the Country has cable is a pretty big deal.

With that said......There's going to be a HUGE drop in numbers next week as Men everywhere lose their right to the remote when Dancing With The Stars, The Bachelor, Heroes, and Two And A Half Men all start back up. If they start beating those shows routinely then I'll be REALLY impressed.

That's the one true advantage SNIFNIA has over MNF....there's nothing on TV to compete with NBC. Desperate Housewives just isn't pulling the way it was, and NBC even beat the Emmys last Sunday in the Ratings. Allbeit the Primetime Emmys, which no one cares about, but they're still the Emmys.

(Ratings via ESPN PR)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:43 AM

13 Comments:

Dammit, AA, you're supposed to READ the press releases, not PROPERLY INTERPRET them!

Anonymous said...
Sep 20, 2007, 11:36:00 AM  

I'll take that as a compliment.

Sep 20, 2007, 12:01:00 PM  

so you're saying people watch the daytime emmys?

rs27 said...
Sep 20, 2007, 1:36:00 PM  

For some reason they do rs27.

Sep 20, 2007, 1:45:00 PM  

Um..AA maybe you should read this..I think you have your awards shows mixed up.

http://www.tv.com/the-primetime-emmy-awards/show/61570/story/7351.htmlom_act=convert&om_clk=headlinessh

No one watches the daytime emmys..

rs27 said...
Sep 20, 2007, 1:56:00 PM  

Hmmm....I stand corrected. Why do people watch either?

Sep 20, 2007, 2:05:00 PM  

I watched the primetime emmys because I just like to see what Jon Stewart, Colbert and Carrell have to say

rs27 said...
Sep 20, 2007, 2:54:00 PM  

I'll give you that one RS, a lot of the better shows are pulling in awards. I probably won't watch until Always Sunny in Philadelphia wins something though.

Sep 20, 2007, 3:00:00 PM  

You must be an abortion survivor who wears a cape then???

GMoney said...
Sep 20, 2007, 4:01:00 PM  

Cable's in just over half the country????? How about almost 90%!!
And despite the nonsense coming out of Bristol's p.r.machine, the MNF ratings are by far the lowest in the history of the show. The media writers are too stupid to figure this out. Wake up......

Anonymous said...
Sep 20, 2007, 6:31:00 PM  

Anon, I'd love to see where you found that stat, but 90% is impossible. I think the total is around 60% for the country.

AA said...
Sep 20, 2007, 6:57:00 PM  

Do your homework. 88-90% is the figure. Call any ad agency. And while you're at it, don't forget that ESPN spent $1.1 billion a year to wind up with that dreck schedule. Disney spent less over the long term for Pixar. Old Mark Shapiro sold his bosses this bill of goods before he walked out the door for Six Flags. Have you checked out THEIR stock price lately? They should call it Three-and-a-half Flags. It's a business full of frauds......

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2007, 1:02:00 AM  

Anon, you really need to do YOUR homework before you start going crazy. 90% of the country having anything is impossible. Hell even having a TV wouldn't be 90%. Think of all of the areas of the country. Poor cities, Mountains, Farm lands...

I can't find 2007 numbers but in 2006 the number was 67%. You see it here in this Nielsen Study Article.

Sep 21, 2007, 10:28:00 AM  

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