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ESPN: Best Monday Night Football audience since 2000

January 10, 2024

ESPN’s Monday Night Football (MNF) delivered its most-watched season in 23 years. MNF reached 124 million fans across the US, lifted its audience in every key demo by double-digits, and aired four games whose viewership surpassed all previous MNF games dating back to the 2000 NFL season (395+ games).

The 2023 Monday Night Football season is the show’s most watched since the 2000 NFL season, with viewership surpassing each of the previous 18 seasons in the ESPN era (2006 – present) and the five seasons leading into that era when MNF aired singularly on ABC.

ESPN averaged 17,363,000 viewers a game (22 games including Doubleheader Saturday in Week 18), up 29 per cent from the 2022 MNF season. The 17.4 million viewers a game was also up 18 per cent from the 2010 MNF season, ESPN’s previous most-watched season in the Monday Night Football era.

The 124 million fans that watched Monday Night Football throughout the season represents growth of 17 per cent from the 2022 season.

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