SBD/Issue 38/Sports Media

Texans-Colts "MNF" On ESPN Down From Week Eight Last Year

Texans-Colts "MNF" Aired Up
Against World Series Clincher

ESPN earned a 7.4 U.S. rating and 11.911 million viewers for the Texans-Colts "MNF" matchup, down 3.9% and 3.7%, respectively, from the comparable Falcons-Saints game in Week Eight last year. The Texans-Colts "MNF" telecast finished below the 8.8 rating and 14.95 million viewers for the clinching Giants-Rangers World Series Game Five. However, "MNF" led all programs (broadcast or cable) in young male and adult demos (18-34 and 18-49), helping ESPN to win for the night in those demos. Through eight weeks, "MNF" on ESPN is averaging a 9.2 U.S. rating and 14.626 million viewers, up 2.2% and 1.4%, respectively, from a 9.0 rating and 14.421 million viewers through the same point last season (THE DAILY).

OFFICIAL JUDGMENT: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes former NFL VP/Officiating Mike Pereira is "proving the wisdom of his hiring" as a rules analyst for Fox. Pereira this season "has assessed 28 challenges and been vindicated each time by the referees' on-field verdicts." Pereira: "Everybody at Fox is waiting for me to miss one and see how I react." Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said the "worst thing would be to overuse" Pereira. Shanks: "We don't bring him in on every challenge. We force our announcers to know the rules" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/3).

MOSS CREEK: Boston's WFXT-Fox earned a 36.1 local rating for Sunday's Vikings-Patriots game, marking the most-watched program of the week in the market and highest-rated program of the football season locally. The game also ranked as the highest-rated Patriots game since '07. The Patriots are averaging a 32.1 local rating this season, a record-setting pace (Patriots).

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