Not surprisingly, the Eagles-Redskins game drew record ratings for Week 1 Monday Night Football on ESPN. The game drew an 11.6 rating nationally, up from the 8.1 rating Cincinnati and Baltimore received for the MNF opener last year.
In Philadelphia, the game got an 11.0 rating on ESPN and a 24.1 rating on WPVI (I can’t believe this many people still default to broadcast TV) for a total of 35.1– basically, one out of every three households in the Philadelphia market was watching the game. The game drew a slightly higher 38.8 rating in D.C., though I would imagine many of those people turned their TVs off at some point.
For a little perspective: The Eagles-Giants game last October on NBC drew a 31.1 rating locally and a 15.6 rating nationally, the latter of which was undoubtedly influenced by the game being on broadcast TV. The Phillies’ local ratings peaked in 2011 at around 9.1. So, yeah, football!