Colts-Patriots score a big TD for ABC
'MNF' averages a season-best 8.0 in 18-49s
November 8, 2005
Quarterback Peyton Manning finally got a win in New England last night, leading ABC’s Monday Night Football to its best outing of the season.
Manning’s Indianapolis Colts beat the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Foxboro, boosting ABC’s MNF to a season-best 13.1 overnight household rating and 19.9 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. Fast nationals measure only timeslot data and not actual program data, so final ratings will likely change. Also, the game went until past midnight.
ABC averaged an 8.0 among 18-49s from 9-11 p.m., up 33 percent versus a 6.0 last week. Making that more impressive is the fact that the game was up against tough November sweeps competition, while MNF mainly faced reruns last week.
The game also took a bite out of the competing networks’ ratings. NBC’s 9 p.m. Las Vegas slipped 13 percent and 10 p.m.’s Medium was off 7 percent versus their last original outings. Fox’s Prison Break fell 12 percent versus last week.
A CSI: Miami crossover with CSI: NY, which should have given the show a boost, averaged a 6.3 overnight rating among 18-49s last night, down from a 6.5 for the show’s last original episode.
Last night’s game was easily the most high-profile tilt MNF has had this season. The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champs and the Colts came in a perfect 7-0 on the season. It was the first time in Manning’s record-setting career the Colts beat the Patriots in Foxboro.
MNF led ABC to a first-place finish for the night among 18-49s, with a 7. 1 average rating and a 17 share. CBS was second at 4.8/12, NBC third at 3.4/8, Fox fourth at 2.8/7, UPN fifth at 1.7/4 and the WB sixth at 1.5/4.
ABC swept the night, starting with a 5.3 rating during the 8 p.m. hour for Wife Swap. That will likely adjust downward when final ratings are released. CBS was second that hour with a 3.6 average for The King of Queens (3.6) and How I Met Your Mother (3.6), and NBC third with a 2.8 for Surface.
ABC extended its lead during the 9 p.m. hour, averaging an 8.0 rating for the first hour of Colts-Patriots. CBS was second with a 4.6 average for Two and a Half Men (5.2) and Out of Practice (4.1), and Fox third with a 3.7 for Prison Break.
At 10 p.m., ABC led with another 8.0 average for the second hour of MNF. CBS was second with its 6.3 for CSI: Miami and NBC third with a 4.1 for Medium.
ABC also took the night among households, averaging an 11.7 rating and an 18 share. CBS came in second at 9.5/14, NBC third at 7.2/11, Fox fourth at 3.8/6, the WB fifth at 2.7/4 and UPN sixth at 2.4/4.
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