Cowboys-Redskins match-up scores huge ratings for ESPN
| 29 October 2014
The Washington Redskins' 20-17 upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys in overtime on 27 October was a big success for ESPN, delivering its highest rated and most viewed Monday Night Football telecast since 2009.
The game, a classic sporting rivalry in the US, saw Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys face off for the 19th time in the weekly fixture's history.
Overall, the game is now also the seventh most-viewed telecast in the entire history of cable programming among households, and the ninth most-viewed among viewers (P2+), excluding breaking news.
The game ranked as the top telecast of the night across cable and broadcast in viewers, households and all key male and adult demos, helping ESPN win the night among all networks in those same categories.
The match averaged a season-high 11.4 household US rating; 13.3 million households; and 18.8 million viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen. It peaked from 11.30-11.45pm with a 13.6 rating and 22.5 million viewers.
The Redskins-Cowboys matchup was the highest-rated MNF game since the New Orleans Saints-New England Patriots telecast on 30 November 2009 and the most-viewed game since the New Orleans-Atlanta Falcons game on 27 December 2010.
Monday Night Football continues to be, perhaps unsurprisingly, a big hit for ESPN; last year it was the most-watched series on cable as a whole.