On Monday night, the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders put on an absolute show in the final game of Week 1.
The back-and-forth contest went into overtime, with the Raiders taking a 33-27 win on a walk-off touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Zay Jones. While the game gave plenty for fans to talk about, the debut of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” with the Manning brothers stole the headlines.
Fans couldn’t stop talking about the broadcast, but were people actually tuning in? Apparently not many. According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, the Manning’s generated a 0.6 rating, with a share of 1.
MNF Overnights by network:
ESPN – 4.5/10
ESPN 2 – 0.6/1
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) September 14, 2021
In contrast, the primary feed, televised by ABC and ESPN, rang up a 6.5 and 4.5 rating, respectively, and shares of 14 and 10.
Fans loved the conversation between the Mannings, but it’s clear most of the fans watching the game were following along with a the traditional broadcast.
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick are still the kings of ESPN’s Monday night games – for now.
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