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Monday Final Nationals: ‘Monday Night Football’ on ESPN Concludes Its Season on High Note

The tenth season finale of “Monday Night Football” – a Denver Broncos’ 20-17 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals – delivered a 9.4 household rating and 15.806 million viewers, based on Nielsen ratings, giving ESPN its highest-rated and most-viewed MNF telecast of the season. The game peaked from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET with an 11.2 rating and 18.58 million viewers.

ESPN led all networks (broadcast or cable) in viewers, households and all key male and adult demos, while MNF led all the night’s programs in those same categories.

In Cincinnati, the game delivered a 15.6 rating on ESPN and a 28.6 on WLWT-NBC, for a combined 44.2 rating in the market. In Denver, the game delivered a 17.7 rating on ESPN and a 24.3 on KTVD-IND, for a combined 42.0 rating in the market.

2015 MNF Season Highlights

ESPN’s presentation of the 46th season of MNF (17 telecasts in 16 weeks) in 2015 averaged an 8.1 U.S. household rating, 9.392 million households and 12.898 million viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen.

ESPN won the night all 16 weeks of the 2015 MNF season among all key male demos and adults 18-34 and 18-49; ESPN won the night 14 weeks among households and 13 weeks among viewers.

ESPN’s MNF was the No. 1 telecast of the night all 16 weeks of the 2015 MNF season among key male demos and adults 18-34; 15 weeks among adults 18-49.

Top-10 metered markets for the MNF season: Las Vegas (14.0), New Orleans (13.0), Denver (12.3), San Diego (12.2), Norfolk, Va. (12.1), West Palm Beach (11.8), Richmond (11.5), Seattle (11.4), Dayton (11.2) and Phoenix (11.1).

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Monday, December 28, 2015
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.2/4 3600 0.8/2 1.1/3
8:00 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (r) 2.9/5 4851 0.6 1.1/3 1.4/4
9:00 Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (r) 1.8/3 3087 0.4 0.7/2 1.0/3
10:00 Castle (r) 1.9/3 2870 0.3 0.5/2 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.7/6 5880 0.9/3 1.4/4
8:00 Supergirl (r) 3.3/5 5196 0.4 0.9/3 1.3/3
9:00 Scorpion (r) 4.1/7 6448 0.4 1.0/3 1.5/4
9:59 NCIS: Los Angeles (r) 3.8/7 6003 0.5 0.9/3 1.4/4
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.6/2 2380 0.6/2 0.8/2
8:00 Superstore (r) 2.2/4 3395 0.5 0.9/3 1.2/3
8:30 Telenovela (r) 1.5/2 2344 0.3 0.6/2 0.8/2
9:00 Superstore 1.7/3 2622 0.4 0.8/2 1.1/3
9:30 Telenovela 1.5/2 2234 0.3 0.6/2 0.8/2
10:00 Blindspot (r) 1.2/2 1829 0.2 0.4/1 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.2/2 1720 0.4/1 0.6/2
8:00 Gotham (r) 1.0/2 1503 0.3 0.4/1 0.6/2
9:00 Bones (r) 1.3/2 1935 0.2 0.5/1 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.1/2 1830 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (r) 1.1/2 1849 0.4 0.5/2 0.7/2
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (r) 1.0/2 1802 0.4 0.5/2 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2255 0.9/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.1/2 2082 0.8/3
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.1/2 2128 0.8/2
9:00 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2342 0.9/3
10:03 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.2/2 2294 0.9/3

Cable Rankings – Monday 12/28/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Monday, December 28:


  1. “Monday Night Football: Cincinnati @ Denver” (ESPN, 8:15-11:59 p.m.; 4.81 adults 18-49): 15.806 million

  2. “WWE Raw” (USA, 8-9 p.m.): 3.695

  3. “WWE Raw” (USA, 9-10 p.m.): 3.488

  4. “WWE Raw” (USA, 10-11:07 p.m.): 3.425

  5. “Love & Hip Hop 6” (VH1, 8 p.m.): 2.812
  6. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.164

  7. “Monday Night Countdown” (ESPN, 5:51 p.m.): 2.098

  8. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.980

  9. “Black Ink Crew Chicago” (VH1, 9 p.m.): 1.960

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 1.871
  11. “Black Ink Crew Chicago” (VH1, 10 p.m.): 1.788

  12. “Bad Hair Day” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.783

  13. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.687

  14. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.): 1.668

  15. “Love It or List It” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.620
  16. “Love It or List It” (HGTV, 8 p.m.): 1.586

  17. Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011) (ABC Family, 6 p.m.): 1.557

  18. “Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks” (Nickelodeon, 8:30 p.m.): 1.491

  19. “Fast N Loud” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 1.491

  20. Movie: “Christmas Land” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 1.488


  • “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals” (ID, 9 p.m.): 1.348

  • “Legends” (TNT, 10 p.m.): 0.405


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research




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