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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Tank. The Numbers For ESPN Are Embarrassing

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Not a whole lot of people watched the Houston Texans defeat the Tennessee Titans 34-17 on “Monday Night Football.”

Deadline reported the following on the ESPN broadcast:

Scoring a 7.0 in metered market results, the primetime match-up between the Texans and the Titans was a season low for MNF.

While up 17% in the early metrics from the comparable Baltimore Ravens win over the Texans on November 27, 2017, last night’s MNF was down a harsh 38% from last week’s tremendous and history making LA Rams and Kansas City Chiefs battle in the City of Angels.

That means roughly seven percent of households with televisions tuned in for the game. That’s a hell of a comedown from last week when we all watched an amazing game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs.

That’s just the reality of football and broadcasting. One moment, you’re watching a shootout between two of the hottest teams in the league, and the next you’re watching a game between two teams that just aren’t at the same level. (RELATED: Here Are The Best Moments From Week 12 Of The NFL Season)

 

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The ratings might have tanked last night, but it’s still important to point out the ratings across the board are actually doing really well.

I guess I can’t blame people for not really wanting to watch the Texans vs. Titans as much as they would Rams vs. Chiefs or some other matchup between premiere teams.

 

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Despite all the problems in the past couple years and the low numbers last night, you’ve got to be pleased with the tick upwards overall. Maybe the NFL is actually turning a corner.

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