The Philadelphia Eagles sought redemption on Monday night with a Super Bowl rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs — and they got it.
The Eagles’ 21-17 victory over the Chiefs drew 28.96M viewers across ABC and ESPN, marking the largest audience for Monday Night Football in 27 years, since the Packers-Cowboys matchup in November 1996 managed more than 31M viewers.
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The audience significantly outpaced the previous record for MNF since it began simulcasting on ESPN, which was this season’s Week 1 Bill-Jets game’s 22.67M viewers.
The second-largest audience of the week came in the NFL national window on CBS, which featured the Jets-Bills in most markets. That window drew nearly 21M viewers, which is actually a decline over Week 10 to become the smallest NFL national window audience since Week 1.
CBS saw declines across its entire doubleheader, with the earlier window managing 12.75M. The network’s last doubleheader in Week 8 drew nearly 14M for the early matchup.
NBC posted a strong audience with 18.45M tuning in for the Vikings-Broncos game. That’s up week-over-week and year-over-year for the network. Fox’s singleheader, which broadcast the Panthers-Cowboys in a majority of markets, also eked out over 18M viewers.
Prime Video is also claiming a “W” for its presentation of the Bengals-Ravens Thursday Night Football matchup. With 12.92M viewers, the game managed the franchise’s largest average audience in five weeks, up 25% over last season’s comparable game and 35% over last week’s TNF delivery.
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