ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

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ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

Texans-Jets Delivers 10.5 Rating and 14 Million Viewers

Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – the Houston Texans’ 23-17 road victory over the New York Jets – won the night among all programs – broadcast or cable – in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos. As a network, ESPN won the night in all key male and adult demos and finished second in both households and viewers. 

The game earned a 10.5 household coverage rating (9.0 US), representing an average of 10,282,000 households (14,047,000 viewers – P2+), the eighth largest audience among viewers (seventh among households) for any program on cable television in 2012, according to Nielsen. The game peaked between 9:45-10 p.m. ET at an 11.5 household coverage rating.

In Houston, the game delivered a 12.0 rating on ESPN and a 22.4 rating on KHOU-CBS, for a combined 34.4 rating in the market. In New York, the game delivered a 9.5 rating on ESPN and a 4.3 rating on WWOR-IND, for a combined 13.8 rating in the market. The top-10 rated metered markets (not including primary home team markets): Las Vegas (18.4), San Diego (15.2), New Orleans (14.9), Austin (14.8), Denver (13.7), Richmond, Va. (12.9), Norfolk/Portsmouth, Va. (12.2), San Antonio (12.2), Albuquerque, N.M. (11.8) and (tie) Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. (11.7).

Through the first five weeks of the NFL season (six games), ESPN’s MNF is averaging a 10.4 household coverage rating (9.0 US), 10,227,000 households and 13,981,000 viewers, increases of four percent, three percent and three percent, respectively, from the same point last season. 

ESPN Digital Platforms

ESPN also saw significant traffic across its digital platforms on Sunday and Monday:

  • ESPN.com NFL section – An average minute audience of 33,000 was up 26 percent from last year with an average 4.0 million unique visitors, up five percent compared to the same two days last season. 
  • ESPN.com Fantasy Football section – An average minute audience of 68,000 (up 45 percent), averaging 3.1 million unique visitors (down slightly from last year).
  • ESPN mobile Web NFL section – An average minute audience of 42,000, up 62 percent, reaching 3.5 million unique visitors, a 14 percent gain.

Peyton Manning on MNF Next Week

Next week, ESPN’s MNF returns with an AFC West showdown as Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to San Diego on October 15 to face Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers at 8:30 p.m.  

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ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 4

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 4

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ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 4

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 4

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed today’s NFL action with Suzy Kolber, analysts Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Some excerpts from today’s show:

On the return of NFL officials…
Johnson: “It’s like riding a bike for them. You fall, you get back on and you keep going. I mean, they had an opportunity to talk to each other. They were in shape, they were working out, they were doing the right things. So you just plug ‘em in and you go.”
Ditka: “Professionals need professionals. The best needs the best. And I tell you, it’s good to have these guys back.”

On Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton…
Johnson: “This is the first time that he’s had to face real adversity on the football field… his completion percentage is up from a year ago. His problem is touchdown interceptions. He has to cut that down and he needs to run the football a little bit better like he was doing a year ago. And if he can do that, then I think he’s fine. Okay, I think he’ll be great.”
Ditka: “I love Cam Newton, but actions speak louder than words. And you know, this guy’s got to be the leader of this football team on and off the field. And there’s no sulking in football. I mean, your body language tells a lot.”
Carter: “Image is everything in this league, Boom. You know, how a guy looks, the confidence he’s exuding. You know, I mean, if you’re the leader, you got to always look like you’re in control.”

Can the New York Jets survive losing Darrelle Revis?
Carter: “I don’t think so. For one, (Antonio) Cromartie, he’s delusional if he thinks he’s the best corner in the NFL, which he said he is now that Revis is hurt.”
Ditka: “If one man – losing one man brings down your whole football team, then you weren’t a very good football team in the first place.”
Jackson: “They’re inconsistent in almost every area.”
Johnson: “When you break down that roster, you look at the 22 guys that are on that football field, there’s probably seven guys that can actually start for other teams… the bottom line is that, they don’t have a lot of talent, so don’t be fooled by the bravado.”

On the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning…
Jackson: “I look at the big picture. Last 10 regular-season games, Peyton has 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. So, you know, I think, as he says, it’s a work in progress. But I want to see the rest of the team guys play better, with that sense of urgency that they played with when Tim Tebow was on the football team.”
Johnson: “This is a different football team than a year ago. The defense is playing different. They don’t feel like, Jaws, that they have to have a turnover, make a big play because Peyton Manning’s their quarterback.”
Jaworski: “A year ago it was different. You know, you had Tim Tebow at quarterback. You know, the games were tight. Offensive teams were not being aggressive against Denver. It’s a whole different ballgame now. The mentality is different when you play the Broncos with Peyton Manning.”

Game picks: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots…               
Ditka: “Adversity either brings out the best or worst in a team. And I really think the Patriots are going to respond positively. I think it’s too good a coached team, too good a football team.”  
Berman: “It’s Armageddon in Buffalo, folks. It’ll be a scene if the Bills win. I like scenes. I’m goin’ with the Bills.”

On NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell…
Johnson: “The commissioner has done a great job since taking over six years ago. You can’t argue that. Okay. The bottom line is the bottom line. He answers to the owners. The owners are the ones making the decisions. He’s delivering the message from the meeting rooms from the owners.”
Jackson: “Best commissioner in any sport. And I think that as you look back on the things that get mismanaged, they are few and far between… no one has done for any sport more than what Roger Goodell has done for the NFL.”

On Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick…
Jaworski: “For 25 years, I played the quarterback position. I have a pretty good idea of what it takes to be successful and what is going through a quarterback’s mind. And when a quarterback is hot, you can just tell: they’re focused and they see the field with great clarity. They know what the defense is doing. Right now as I study Michael Vick, I know what he’s going through. He is not seeing the field with great clarity.”

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ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 3

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ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 3

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 3

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed NFL Week 3 games with Suzy Kolber, analysts Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Some excerpts from the show:

On concerns about New England Patriots offense …

Jackson:  “Certainly you concern yourself when Brady is getting hit.  He’s been sacked five times in the first two games – so the offensive line is having a hard time giving him the time to release the football.  And then, there’s the (WR) Wes Welker issue.  It is the 550 balls that he caught in five years.  I can do the math, that’s 110 balls a year.  I don’t know how you phase that out of your program.  Sometimes, to be quite frank, you get marginalized if you go public with certain issues with the New England Patriots.  The Patriots way is very successful.  But for individual players who challenge them on certain issues, you find yourself in this position.”

Johnson:  “I think their problem is a little deeper than Wes Welker.  When you look at this offense as a whole, losing (Aaron) Hernandez is a big hurt.  (Quarterback) Tom Brady was getting hit in pre-season … Without Hernandez in the lineup, it’s a big no-no for them.”

Ditka:  “I always thought you play your best players.  One thing I thought about Welker, I thought he was one of their best players for this reason, he became a security blanket for Tom Brady.  He was kind of their go-to guy.  Now, it has become Rob Gronkowski.”
Carter:  “… As far as option in the slot, Wes (Welker) is the third best option in the slot behind Gronk and Hernandez.  Wes cannot play outside the numbers.  The amount of money he’s looking for a long-term contract, they would never put that value at the wide receiver position.  Long-term, Wes Welker has problems staying in New England.”

On the impact of losing (head coach) Sean Payton on Saints 0-2 start …

Johnson:  “He’s the glue that held that team together and put that organization in place where it was a year ago or a couple years ago …”

Carter:  “If an NFL team can play without its head coach, I’m going to tell you something – I don’t know nothing about the NFL, zero.”

On Bears Jay Cutler’s sideline antics against his offensive lineman …

Ditka:  “A house divided will fall.  If you have certain players siding with the quarterback and certain ones not siding with the quarterback, you’re going to come apart.”

Jackson:  “Leadership is about a lot more than yelling at players on the football field.  It is about leading by example.  It is about working with the guys that you have with you; and Jay Cutler, going all the way back to the Denver Broncos, great arm, has not exhibited great leadership with his football team.”

Carter:  “Does it remind you of anybody?  I played with the guy for a couple seasons and we did not have this issue with him – but his first name was ‘Jeff’ and his last name was ‘George.’  If Jay Cutler doesn’t watch himself, he’s going to be put in that class; misunderstood, all the arm talent in world, but the inability to make people around him or his team better.”

Johnson:  “Let’s not fool ourselves, we’ve all played sports before.  The bottom-line, you’ve got to win football games.  He can do what he wants.  If you’re winning, and you’re putting championships in Chicago, you can scream at whoever you like to scream at, you can criticize whoever you like to criticize, but you have to win.”

Ditka:  “All wounds are healed if you win.  There’s no doubt about it.”

On how do you beat the 49ers? …

Jackson:  “No. 1, you have to be more physical than they are going to be on the football field.  That’s very difficult to do.  No. 2, you cannot make mistakes because they don’t turn the ball over … Lastly, you have to match that contrasting style.  They are not playing football in the 2000s.  They’re stuck back in the 1980s with the seven offensive linemen, win with the elephant package.  Very few teams are prepared when they go out to play this kind of football.”

Carter:  “Number of things you have to do – You have to take care of the football.  You have to maximize your possession because you are not going to have extra possessions the way they take care of the ball.  No. 3, you have to make (quarterback) Alex Smith beat you.  You have to put eight, nine guys in the box, take away their running game.  Make him throw the football to beat you.  But the last thing that you have to do is – you have to buckle that chin strap up.  You have to come with the mentality that I’m willing to do what the next man won’t do because that’s what the 49ers mentality is this year and that style has won out in the 40s, the 50s, the 60s, 70, 80s, 90s, and 2000s.”

On whether Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was responsible for the three interceptions Monday night vs. Atlanta Falcons …

Jaworski: “I spent a lot of time breaking those three interceptions down.  Visual evidence showed me that, of those three interceptions, Peyton Manning, although he threw them, wasn’t responsible for them.” 

On whether it is time for NFL to get regular officials back on the field …

Jackson:  “The thing that is insulting is that every single week now, we’re hearing from someone in the league, Jerry Jones, whoever, that it is okay.  That’s the part, eventually, that’s going to get to the public.”

Johnson:  “It’s not okay … They’ve got to get it fixed, because the integrity of the game is hurting right now, period.  Somebody is going to get hurt out there.”

Carter:  “One of the biggest problems is, when you go on to the field, before the whistle is blown, there is a great deal of disrespect from the players to the referees and we’ve never had this before.  I believe that will be a problem long-term.  As long as they are on the football field, the players will not respect them.”

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NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers Face the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN’s Monday Night Football

NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the defending NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers face rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on September 24, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Announcer Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the game from CenturyLink Field with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

In seven Packers-Seahawks matchups, the Seahawks have won just one game. Coincidentally, that win came on MNF six years ago – the last time these teams faced off under the MNF lights.

Leading into the MNF matchup, host Chris Berman and the Monday Night Countdown crew offer a two-hour pre-game show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Analysts Cris CarterMike DitkaTom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter join Berman in studio, while on-site host Stuart Scott, analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young, contributor Rick Reilly and Salters add to the show. This will be a homecoming for Dilfer, who played for the Seahawks from 2001-04.

MNF is available on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as on computers at WatchESPN.com and on tablets via the WatchESPN app for fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Sunday NFL Countdown: Demaryius Thomas – From Shattered Home to Star Wide Receiver; “Getting Gronk’d” with Rob Gronkowski; Vernon Davis’ Turnaround; and More

On Sunday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m., Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson (on main set), as well as Suzy Kolber, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski (on an adjoining set) will preview NFL week three games on Sunday NFL Countdown Presented by IBMESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will provide the day’s headlines and league news.

Correspondents Ed Werder (Tampa Bay at Dallas), Rachel Nichols (Kansas City at New Orleans), George Smith (Cincinnati at Washington), Josina Anderson (Houston at Denver) and Sal Paolantonio (New England at Baltimore) will report from five games.  Highlights:

  • Demaryius Thomas: After catching the 80-yard winning touchdown in overtime as the Broncos upset the Steelers in last year’s AFC Wild Card game, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has become one of quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite targets.  Thomas’ rise to stardom is a testament to his drive and perseverance.  His mother and grandmother are currently in prison for selling illegal drugs. Tom Jackson chronicles Demaryius’ rise, from a shattered home to an NFL starting wide receiver.
  • Vernon Davis:  A memorable moment from the 2008 season was San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary banishing tight end Vernon Davis from the field during a game. Since then, Davis has become a leader and has cited that moment as a turning point in his career. On Sunday, Davis and the 49ers visit the Minnesota Vikings, where Singletary is now an assistant coach. Trent Dilfer looks back at that moment and the different paths Davis and Singletary have taken since the incident.
  • E:60 – Rob Gronkowski:  Countdown will air part of a Jeremy Schaap E:60 feature, “Get Gronk’d,” with arguably the best tight end in the game – one who hardly fits the Patriots’ mold.  In the feature, Emmy Award winning reporter Schaap discovers what it’s like hanging around with the Gronk, especially on a shopping expedition.  The full feature will air Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7pm on ESPN. (E:60 is ESPN’s Sports Emmy Award winning primetime news magazine.)
  • Eric Mangini Film Room – Patriots at Ravens: Former member of the Patriots coaching staff Eric Mangini will present an Xs and Os analysis of the Patriots at Ravens game and offer key matchups to watch.
  • Hot Topics:  Countdown will debate the impact of the replacement referees on the NFL’s image and the integrity of the game; whether Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s public berating of his offensive lineman will lead him to lose the team; and more.

Snickers NFL Matchup – Cardinals ‘Cover 2 Trap’; Jaworski Playbook on Tony Romo; Hoge on Peyton Manning; and More

NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge will preview week three action on Sunday, Sept. 16, on ESPN at 3:30 a.m. (ESPN2 at 8:30 a.m.), taking viewers inside the film room with X’s and O’s analysis of the weekend’s key matchups.  Highlights:

  • X and O Files – Cardinals “Cover 2 Trap”:  In last Sunday’s upset victory in New England, the Cardinals’ defense beat quarterback Tom Brady using disguised coverage.  Jaworski goes inside the Cardinals defensive matchup with the Eagles to see if they can have similar success this week.
  • Game within the Game – Chandler Jones:  As the Patriots head into Baltimore for a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, Jaworski shows how New England’s rookie defensive end Chandler Jones could be a tough matchup for Baltimore’s offensive line.
  • Jaws Playbook – Tony Romo’s Pocket Movement: Jaworski demonstrates how Dallas quarterback Tony Romo’s movement in the pocket creates big plays downfield.
  • Hoge on Peyton Manning:  Breaking down play from Monday Night Football that led to Atlanta’s second interception of quarterback Peyton Manning, Hoge, in “Hoge Breakdown,” shows how the Texans’ defense must confuse Manning, much like the Falcons did, to be successful.
  • Hoge on Seattle’s Blitz:  Hoge shows how the Seahawks’ blitz schemes are fundamental to their ability to have success against a high-flying offense such as quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
  • In-between the Lines – Alex Smith’s Pre-snap Adjustment:  Hoge and Jaworski go “in-between the lines” to show how quarterback Alex Smith’s pre-snap adjustments have become an integral part of the San Francisco 49ers offense.
  • Beyond the Film Room – Philip Rivers:  After their 2-0 start, the Chargers face Atlanta Falcons defense coming off three interceptions in one quarter vs. Denver’s Peyton Manning.  NFL Matchup shows quarterback Philip Rivers’ proficiency during his three-touchdown performance against the Titans.

New Fantasy Football-Themed MNF Advertising Spot “Rick” Debuts

The third and final spot in ESPN’s 2012 Monday Night Football “It All Comes Down to Monday Night” advertising campaign debuts this week. Titled “Rick,” the 30-second promo is themed around Fantasy Football. The main character in the spot, Rick, is leading his Fantasy Football game by a seemingly insurmountable margin after Sunday’s games. He’s feeling overconfident and everything seems to be going his way, until his fortune changes on MNF and he loses his matchup by a single point. The creative agency is Wieden + Kennedy NY. View the spot.

ESPN Pays Tribute to NFL Films President Steve Sabol

In memory of NFL Films President Steve Sabol, ESPN Classic pays tribute to his contributions to pro football with a series of programs beginning today at 9 p.m.

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Wed, Sept 19 9-9:30 p.m. Sounds of the Super Bowl ESPN Classic
  9:30-10 p.m. Hidden Images of the Super Bowl ESPN Classic
  10-11 p.m. NFL Films: Lost Treasures Volume 1 ESPN Classic
  11 p.m.-12 a.m. SportsCentury: Vince Lombardi ESPN Classic
Thurs, Sept 20 12-1 a.m. SportsCentury: Pete Rozelle ESPN Classic

Additionally, ESPN President John Skipper, Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman, NFL analyst Ron Jaworski and NFL Insider Adam Schefter offered condolences and memories of Sabol, all of which are available on ESPN Front Row.

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