ESPN’s Monday Night Football opener draws 15.3 million viewers for Ravens-Raiders overtime game

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens throws against the Las Vegas Raiders all around the first half of of their sport at Allegiant Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The National Soccer League ended the first week of its 2021 peculiar season drawing an reasonable of 15.29 million viewers across ESPN channels, including ABC community, for the Monday Evening Soccer opener between the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

The Raiders beat the Ravens 33-21 in a back-and-forth time past legislation sport with extra than one twists to enact Week 1. Viewership used to be up 42% compared with final one year’s sport, and top markets integrated Baltimore, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Kansas City, and San Diego.

The 2020 MNF contest between the Contemporary York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers attracted an reasonable of simplest 10.76 million viewers. With the pandemic playing an component, that sport used to be down roughly 17% compared with the first sport of ESPN’s 2019 Week 1 doubleheader, which featured the Contemporary Orleans Saints and Houston Texans and averaged 13.2 million viewers on ESPN channels.

On Monday, ESPN also debuted its alternate MegaCast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning providing commentary for the Raiders-Ravens sport on its ESPN2 channel. The telecast attracted 800,000 viewers. The Manning brothers signed a 3-one year address Disney-owned ESPN that can characteristic the pair offering their thoughts and in-sport breakdowns all around the NFL season.

Cleveland Browns running back Cut Chubb (24) finds an opening within the line against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 12th at GEHA field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Within the period in-between, Sunday’s national NFL sport on ViacomCBS featuring the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs averaged 19.53 million viewers. It used to be basically the most-watched opening weekend national sport on CBS since the 2015 opener between the Ravens and Denver Broncos contest (23.28 million viewers). Fox Sports actions’ NFL viewership used to be now not available as of Tuesday afternoon.

The NFL commenced its 102nd season final Thursday with an reasonable of 26 million total viewers for its Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys contest. NBC acknowledged the sport peaked on TV at 25.4 million viewers between 9: 45 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. The 2021 opener marked a 20% develop in total viewership from final one year’s NFL kickoff featuring the Chiefs and Texans.

Disclosure: NBC Sports actions, which shares mother or father firm NBCUniversal with CNBC, proclaims NFL games.