ESPN’s week 1 Monday Night Football rankings fall almost 11%

ESPN's week 1 Monday Night Football ratings fall nearly 11%

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New York Giants pass receiver Sterling Shepard (87) captures a pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers strong security Terrell Edmunds (34) and linebacker Devin Bush (55) throughout the very first half at MetLife Stadium.

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ESPN’s very first trip of the 2020 National Football League including the New York Giants hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in approximately 10.7 million audiences on Monday’ night the network revealed, down 10.8% from in 2015’s very first Monday night video game.

Despite hosting the Steelers in a fan-less MetLife Stadium, the Giants lost their opener, 26-16, in the launching of brand-new head coach Joe Judge and offending planner Jason Garrett. The video game peaked at 13.1 million audiences around 9: 00 p.m. to 9: 15 p.m. The leading markets for the consisted of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York Baltimore, and Washington D.C. 

The 2nd video game in between the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos signed up 7.6 million audiences as the Titans won, 16-14.

The numbers are below in 2015’s average of 12 million audiences for the Monday Night Football doubleheader, which was likewise a decrease from 13 million audiences in 2018, for the 2019 opener that included the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is sacked by Trey Hendrickson #91 of the New Orleans Saints throughout the 2nd quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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But regardless of a 12% decrease in viewership for the NFL’s kickoff opener Thursday night, and decreases for NBC’s Sunday Night Football and CBS’ 12% drop for local video games, Fox reported a boost in its nationwide video game.

Fox stated the contest in between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including quarterback Tom Brady, and the Drew Brees-led Saints balanced 25.8 million audiences, a boost of 7% over in 2015’s Week 1 nationwide video game, which balanced 24.2 million.

“Fox squashed it on a video game that, yes it’s [Drew Brees] and [Tom Brady] however it wasn’t that close,” stated Dan Cohen, senior vice president of Octagon’s international media rights speaking with department “That speaks volumes to matchups and big names.”

On the local front, NFL video games balanced 13.5 million audiences in Week 1, up 6% from in 2015 (12.7 million) and many seen opening because 2016. Cohen stated the viewership numbers shows the “[NFL] is still the lion of the jungle” regardless of the league’s now helpful position on social oppression concerns. 

With usage routines altering and an overload in sports material, Cohen stated the competitors for eyeballs has actually been an aspect as all 4 significant U.S. sporting leagues are on at the exact same time.

“I don’t think the social injustice issues are even one, two, three or four of the top factors in any ratings decline,” Cohen stated. He included significant sports league are set to overlap a minimum of 10 times this month which might provide more of a “a programming challenge.”