Tuesday, September 12, 2006
ESPN gets highest rating ever for Vikings-Redskins
NEW YORK -- ESPN's first regular-season Monday night NFL
game under the new contract drew the cable network's biggest
The game between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins,
won 19-16 by Minnesota, drew a 9.9 rating, representing an average
of between nearly 9.2 million and 12.57 million households, the
network said. The previous record was 8.9 million households on
Christmas Day 1994 for a game between Detroit and Miami.
ESPN's second Monday night game, San Diego's 27-0 win over
Oakland, received a rating of 8.5 and was seen in an average of
7.87 million households.
The first game began at 7 p.m. EDT and the second started at
An estimated 22.6 million viewers watched Peyton Manning's
Indianapolis Colts beat younger brother Eli's New York Giants in
NBC's prime-time game on Sunday night.