ESPN's Monday Night Football opener draws 15.3 million viewers for Ravens-Raiders overtime game

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Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the archetypal fractional of their crippled astatine Allegiant Stadium connected September 13, 2021 successful Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The National Football League ended the archetypal week of its 2021 regular play drafting an mean of 15.29 cardinal viewers crossed ESPN channels, including ABC network, for the Monday Night Football opener betwixt the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

The Raiders bushed the Ravens 33-21 successful a back-and-forth overtime crippled with aggregate twists to reason Week 1. Viewership was up 42% compared to past year's game, and apical markets included Baltimore, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Kansas City, and San Diego.

The 2020 MNF contention betwixt the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers attracted an mean of lone 10.76 cardinal viewers. With the pandemic playing a factor, that crippled was down astir 17% compared to the archetypal crippled of ESPN's 2019 Week 1 doubleheader, which featured the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans and averaged 13.2 cardinal viewers connected ESPN channels.

On Monday, ESPN besides debuted its alternate MegaCast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning providing commentary for the Raiders-Ravens crippled connected its ESPN2 channel. The telecast attracted 800,000 viewers. The Manning brothers signed a three-year woody with Disney-owned ESPN which volition diagnostic the brace offering their thoughts and in-game breakdowns during the NFL season.

Cleveland Browns moving backmost Nick Chubb (24) finds an opening successful the enactment against the Kansas City Chiefs connected September 12th astatine GEHA tract astatine Arrowhead Stadium successful Kansas City, Missouri.

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Meanwhile, Sunday's nationalist NFL crippled connected ViacomCBS featuring the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs averaged 19.53 cardinal viewers. It was the most-watched opening play nationalist crippled connected CBS since the 2015 opener betwixt the Ravens and Denver Broncos contention (23.28 cardinal viewers).

Fox Sports' averaged 16.23 cardinal viewers for its Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints nationalist game. That's down from past year's nationalist opener betwixt the Saints and Tampa Bay Bucs, which featured a prima backmost matchup betwixt Drew Brees and Tom Brady, and averaged 25.8 cardinal viewers.

The web entered the NFL opener aft drafting 7.7 cardinal viewers for its Saturday Oregon vs Ohio State assemblage game.

The NFL commenced its 102nd play past Thursday with an mean of 26 cardinal full viewers for its Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys contest. NBC said the crippled peaked connected TV astatine 25.4 cardinal viewers betwixt 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. The 2021 opener marked a 20% summation successful full viewership from past year's NFL kickoff featuring the Chiefs and Texans.

Overall, the NFL said it's Week 1 games combined averaged 17.4 cardinal viewers, and drew "approximately" 100 cardinal viewers successful full crossed each games.

Disclosure: NBC Sports, which shares genitor institution NBCUniversal with CNBC, broadcasts NFL games.