12.6 Million Watched Rams V Buccaneers on ESPN

ESPN’s Monday Night Football

ESPN’s Monday Night Football presentation featuring the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8pm ET) delivered an audience of 12,612,000 viewers.

The ratings mark the weekly franchise’s highest audience since Week 3 of this season (Chiefs-Ravens) and up from last season’s week 11 Chiefs-Chargers matchup (12,568,000 viewers).

The more than 12.6 million viewers propelled Monday Night Football to Monday’s most-watched program on television (broadcast and cable) and also drove ESPN to be the most-watched network in primetime (8-11p.m.) among all key demos M18-34, M18-49, M25-54, P18-34, P18-49, P25-54, and P55+.

ESPN’s audience peaked in the fourth quarter, as more than 13,740,000 viewers were watching the quarter hour (10:45-11 p.m.) when Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin scored a tying touchdown, resulting in this amazing pylon camera shot.

Examining the entire second half, all five full quarter hours (10-10:15 p.m., 10:15-10:30 p.m., 10:30-10:45 p.m., 10:45-11 p.m. and 11-11:15 p.m.) generated a higher audience than the average audience for the game.

Audience by Quarter Hours

Quarter HourAudience
10-10:15 p.m.13,232,000
10:15-10:30 p.m.13,607,000
10:30-10:45 p.m.13,228,000
10:45-11 p.m.13,740,000
11-11:15 p.m.13,391,000

Local Market Highlights

• Tampa Bay was the highest-rated market, delivering a 20.3 local rating across ESPN and local affiliate WMOR.
• Los Angeles delivered a 12.2 rating across ESPN and KABC, up from a 10.6 rating when the Rams played on MNF in Week 7.
• Seattle was the second-highest rated market overall, as Seahawk fans tuned-in for their division rival.
• Providence tied Los Angeles with a 12.2 rating, the market’s best non-Patriots MNF rating of the season and up from a 10.4 rating when the Buccaneers played the Giants on MNF (Nov. 2).