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[10/02/18 - 08:59 AM]
ESPN Delivers Its Two Highest-Rated Regular Season Afternoon Baseball Games in 20 Years for Historic MLB Tiebreaker Doubleheader
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, October 1.

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN Monday Night Football Overnight Rating Update

· Chiefs at Broncos - Up 8 Percent Versus Comparable Game a Year Ago

Last night's ESPN Monday Night Football game - a Kansas City Chiefs' 27-23 dramatic come-from-behind victory over their AFC West Division rival Denver Broncos - earned a 9.1 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. This is an increase of 8 percent compared to the 8.4 rating for the Redskins-Chiefs week 4 game in 2017. The game rating peaked from 11:00-11:15 p.m. ET with a 10.6 metered market rating.

The Monday Night Football debut of Kansas City's first year quarterback Patrick Mahomes also delivered the series' highest overnight rating since the 9.3 rating for Dallas-Arizona on September 25, 2017.

Local markets:

· In Kansas City, the game delivered a 15.5 rating on ESPN and a 30.3 rating on KMBC-ABC, for a combined 45.8 rating in the market.

· In Denver, the game delivered a 15.8 rating on ESPN and a 20.7 on KTVD-NBC, for a combined 36.5 rating in the market.

Top 10 markets:

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (14.7), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (14.0), Washington, DC (12.5), Norfolk (12.0), Richmond-Petersburg (11.8), Baltimore (11.6), Sacramento (11.2), Tulsa (11.0), Phoenix (11.0), and San Diego (10.9).

Final numbers are expected late afternoon.

Chiefs-Broncos - ESPN's Most-viewed Monday Night Football Game Since September 2017

· Up 10 Percent Compared to Week 4 Redskins-Chiefs Game Last Year

· No. 1 Telecast of the Night among Households, Viewers and All Key Male and Adult Demos

Last night's Monday Night Football - a dramatic 27-23 Kansas City Chiefs come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos - averaged 13.3 million viewers across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen. It is the most-viewed Monday Night Football since last year's Cowboys-Cardinals game on September 25 (13.8 million viewers).

The week 4 MNF audience reflects a 10 percent increase compared to last year's Redskins at Chiefs week 4 game (12.2 million viewers).

Chiefs-Broncos helped ESPN win the night among all networks, broadcast or cable, in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos (18-34, 18-49, 25-54). The telecast also delivered the highest-rated telecast of the night across all broadcast and cable networks among the same demos - television households, viewers (P2+), key male and people demos. This is the fourth straight Monday that ESPN has won the night in all key categories.

· On ESPN, the week 4 MNF telecast averaged a 7.9 US household rating and 13.2 million viewers. The telecast peaked from 11:00-11:15 p.m. ET with a 9.5 US household rating and 15.8 million viewers.

· On ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Chiefs-Broncos averaged an additional 120,000 viewers.

Local markets:

· In Kansas City, the game delivered a 15.5 rating on ESPN and a 30.3 rating on KMBC-ABC, for a combined 45.8 rating in the market.

· In Denver, the game delivered a 15.8 rating on ESPN and a 20.7 on KTVD-NBC, for a combined 36.5 rating in the market.

Top 10 markets:

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (14.7), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (14.0), Washington, DC (12.5), Norfolk (12.0), Richmond-Petersburg (11.8), Baltimore (11.6), Sacramento (11.2), Tulsa (11.0), Phoenix (11.0), and San Diego (10.9).

Next Week:

ESPN's Monday Night Football returns next week with the Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints from the Superdome in New Orleans on October 8 (8:15 p.m. ET).

ESPN Delivers Its Two Highest-Rated Regular Season Afternoon Baseball Games in 20 Years for Historic MLB Tiebreaker Doubleheader

Record Regular Season Local Ratings on ESPN in Several Markets

On Monday, ESPN delivered its two highest-rated MLB regular season afternoon telecasts in 20 years (since 1998), according to metered market ratings from Nielsen. The Los Angeles Dodgers victory over the Colorado Rockies (4 p.m. ET start time), generated a 2.3 rating. Additionally, the Milwaukee Brewers victory over the Chicago Cubs (1 p.m. ET start time), drew a 1.9 rating. The historic MLB tiebreaker doubleheader averaged a 2.1 rating.

The Rockies vs. Dodgers game telecast generated record regular season local ratings on ESPN in both the Denver and Los Angeles markets. In the Denver market, the telecast drew a 9.0 rating, while in the Los Angeles market, the game drew a 6.9 rating.

The Brewers vs. Cubs game telecast delivered a 13.5 rating in the Milwaukee market, making it the highest-rated regular season MLB game on ESPN in the market. In Chicago, the telecast drew an 8.3 rating, making it the highest-rated regular season MLB game on ESPN since their World Series Championship banner-raising ceremony in April of 2017.

The tiebreaker doubleheader was part of another significant day of live sports on ESPN. For information on ESPN Monday Night Football's ratings increase, visit ESPN Media Zone.

The Cubs will host the Rockies in tonight's MLB National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire, exclusively on ESPN. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be called by the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball team: Matt Vasgersian, Jessica Mendoza, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney. For more coverage details, including ESPN2's alternative viewing experience, visit ESPN Media Zone.





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