Received the overnight numbers from last night’s extremely controversial Green Bay-Seattle Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Nielsen says the game pulled an 11.5 rating. ESPN public relations maven Bill Hofheimer notes that people stayed to watch SportsCenter immediately afterwards to get perspective on the highly discussed last play that as Inside Edition would say “America is still talking about today.”
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) September 25, 2012
Even with the good numbers and I expect that the game will have beaten strong competition from the broadcast networks’ season premieres all except for “Dancing with the Stars,” John Ourand from Sports Business Journal provides some comparison with last season noting that Packers-Seahawks still finished below last year’s Week 3 MNF game which had the Dallas Cowboys.
Scab referees and TV ratings: ESPN’s 11.5 overnight is down -3% from last year’s Redskins-Cowboys in Week 3 overnight of 11.9.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) September 25, 2012
We’ll continue to get numbers and I’ll see if I can crunch them as the day continues.