ESPN Scores 16.2 Million 'MNF' Viewers with Washington-New York Battle

Dec. 3 Matchup Ranks as Cable's Fourth-Largest Audience of 2012

The Washington Redskins’ 17-16 win over the New York Giants tightened up matters in the NFC East and helped push ESPN ahead of last year’s Monday Night Football pace with the Nielsens.

ESPN’s Dec. 3 MNF telecast won the night among all television programs on broadcast or cable in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos. Similarly, ESPN led all television networks in those same categories.

Redskins-Giants tackled an 11.9 household coverage rating,10.2 U.S. household rating, 11.7 million  households  and 16,2 million viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the fourth most-viewed program on cable television this year. The game peaked between 9:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. (ET) with a 13.4 coverage rating.

Washington’s come-from-behind win, engineered by rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III, trails only the 24.2 million who watched ESPN’s coverage of Alabama-LSU in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9, the worldwide leader's 17.6 million for Wisconsin-Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2; and the Oct. 1 MNF telecast of Chicago-Dallas that drew 16.6 million.

Through the first 13 weeks of the NFL season (14 games), MNF has averaged a 9.7 household coverage rating, 8.4 U.S. mark, 9.56 million households and 13.1 million viewers, up slightly from the same point last season, according to ESPN officials.