In a battle of two teams going in opposite directions, ESPN’s Monday Night Football matchup of the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins drew over 13 million viewers.
The Nov. 25 telecast tackled an 8.2 U.S. rating, 9.53 million households and almost 13.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.
Despite the Redskins and quarterback Robert Griffin III putting up little resistance in the second half of the Niners’ 27-6 win in which Colin Kaepernick tossed three TD passes, the telecast helped ESPN win the night among all networks -- broadcast or cable -- in all key male and adult demos. The MNF game ranked as the top telecast of the night across cable and broadcast in those same categories.
Still, the contest slightly underperformed MNF’s season-to-date averages: Through 12 weeks and 13 games, ESPN has averaged an 8.4 rating, 9.77 million households and 13.3 million viewers in 2013, gains of 4% versus the same period in 2012.
Next Monday night, ESPN figures to draw a very large audience as it will televise a preview of sorts of a potential National Football Conference championship game, when the 9-2 New Orleans Saints travel to the Pacific Northwest to meet the 10-1 Seattle Seahawks. The Dec. 2 contest matches the two best late-season records on MNF since the New York Giants and the 49ers were both 10-1 when they met on Dec. 3, 1990.
The Niners prevailed 7-3 over the Giants on ABC's telecast that night. But New York exacted 15-13 revenge in the NFC title game in San Francisco on Jan. 20, 1991, denying the Niners a three-peat, en route to capturing Super Bowl XXV.