An end-zone dance for 'Monday Night Football'

psst. hey popwatchers.  shhhh… be quiet so no one notices this post, cause i didn’t run it by my editor before i wrote it: did you know that this week’s monday night football was the highest-rated cable show of all time? yep, with 12.8 million viewers, it broke an old record set by an al gore/ross perot debate (???) and pretty much confirmed that abc’s gamble to move the football off the main network is paying off. although, to be fair, wife swap, the bachelor, and what about brian are kind of getting the snot slapped out of them in its place.

so are you guys enjoying the football on the espn (pronounced "espin," fyi)? please to advise.

UPDATE, VERY LOUD, WHERE MY EDITOR CAN SEE: Okay, turns out this best-ratings-ever claim has been debunked by the Washington Post (ironically, the employer of MNF‘s Tony Kornheiser). Seems ESPN was counting households, not people, and the Gore/Perot debate (again, I say ???) remains king after all.  Sniff.  Hate to see a great run like that brought back because of a holding call.

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  • ashley

    I wanted to be sure I had the right channel…is the game on regular ESPN or “the ocho”?

  • Todd

    wouldn’t the number be higher if you counted the people in 12.8 million households?

  • Ep Sato

    I love watching ESPN 8. Remember when that kickazz dodgeball tournament was on and Jason Bateman was the commentator? That was AWESOME!
    And the Perot/Gore debate was the bees knees! I remember that Gore held his own pretty well against the fast talkin’ populist. Come to think of it, given his experience dueling Texan millionaires, why did Gore have such a tough time debating Bush?
    The higher numbers for cable shows are good news for all those cable channels who now have primetime line ups. USA, Sci Fi Channel and FX have got some great programming, and a lot of us aren’t watching it…yet.

  • dan cullinane

    i’m with todd on this one…why would 12.8 million households be a numbers than 12.8 million viewers…do some of those households hold only 1/4 of a person?
    …back to you cotton

  • Karen

    I love football! Who wouldn’t want to watch football over reality and less than relativity? Now, if ESPN could just get better ANNOUNCERS!!!!

  • Tia

    How is it that Al Gore is always involved in a “Who really won” senario?
    Also, I agree with Todd, wouldn’t 12.8 million households make it higher?

  • Alex

    It’s still the most-watched cable broadcast of all time, even if its not reflected in the numbers. A very substantial minority watches MNF in sports bars and restaurants. All ratings experts would agree that if those numbers were added in (for the debate,too), the game would almost certainly have more viewers.

  • Jakeem

    You have to realize that the game drew such a large audience because it pitted a team from the New York media market against the No. 1 NFL team that people either love or hate!

  • Dan Daoust

    Whittlz, I like you more when you’re swearing like a sailor on Deadspin.

  • Dave

    Can we all agree that, no matter how cheesy and antiquated it seems, Hank Williams, Jr.’s “Are You Ready for some Football?!” is SO much better than whatever the hell Pink and Little Richard are doing over on NBC’s Football Night in America (what a LAME title that is too).

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