‘Monday Night Football’ Sets Record For Fewest Viewers In Recorded History

The NFL continues to trend downward. “Monday Night Football” on ESPN set the record for lowest viewers in recorded history.

In order to be able to broadcast Monday Night Football, one wild card playoff game and the right to use NFL on highlights on ESPN shows and networks, ESPN pays $2 billion a year to the NFL.

When you break it down on a per-capita basis, every ESPN subscriber on cable or satellite subscription in America pays $23.25 a year for MNF and NFL highlights. That’s 86 million subscribers.

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That seems like a lot of money doesn’t it? Well many of these people don’t even watch Monday Night Football.

'Monday Night Football' Sets Record For Fewest Viewers In Recorded History

Based on data provided, 12% of cable and satellite subscribers watch Monday Night Football.  weekly. So 88% of cable subscribers are paying this much for Monday Night Football, but not watching the games.

And as if things couldn’t get any worse, MNF hit an all-time low in ratings this year on ESPN.

Per Outkick the Coverage:

Here’s the past ten years of ESPN viewership on Monday Night Football.

2017 – 10,800,000

2016 – 11,390,000

2015 – 12,896,000

2014 – 13,349,000

2013 – 13,679,000

2012 – 12,826,000

2011 – 13,252,000

2010 – 14,657,000

2009 – 14,382,000

2008 – 11,962,000

2007 – 11,230,000 

I’m not an expert on ratings data, but based on these numbers ESPN has lost around 35% of its Monday Night Football audience since 2010.

As if that weren’t enough, ESPN has also let it be known that they may not be keeping Monday Night Football when this deal expires because the company can no longer afford to pay $2 billion a year thanks to collapsing subscriber numbers, increased costs for other sports programming, and the dwindling ratings on their network.

Oh, well, at least their president didn’t “resign” last week citing “substance abuse issues.”

And at least one of their top talents didn’t call Donald Trump a white supremacist again.


Happy 2018, MSESPN!

NFL ratings plummet and you continue to see so many empty seats. Is the NFL able to recover from the kneeling protests or is it too late?

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