The Monday Night Football season finale – a Denver Broncos 20-17 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals – gave ESPN its highest-rated and most-viewed MNF telecast of the season.
The telecast delivered a 9.4 US rating and 15.806 million viewers, based on Nielsen ratings. The game peaked from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. ET with an 11.2 rating and 18.580 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 programmes 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 rating in the market.
ESPN’s presentation of the 46th season of MNF (17 telecasts in 16 weeks) in 2015 averaged an 8.1 US household rating, 9,392,000 households and 12,898,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen. ESPN won the night all 16 weeks of the 2015 MNF season among all key male demos and adults aged 18-34 and 18-49; ESPN won the night 14 weeks among households and 13 weeks among viewers.
The 2015 season is ESPN’s tenth year presenting Monday Night Football.