NFL Monday Night Football average viewers 2015-2019

Monday Night Football averaged 12.6 million viewers in the United States during the 2019 NFL season, an increase of around one million on the previous year. Although viewing figures have increased, they are still down on the 12.9 million viewers in 2015.

Sunday, Monday, happy nights

The NFL has prime-time games that are broadcast across the entire United States by one major network on Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night – these games start at around 8:30 pm Eastern Time. As with Monday Night Football, the average number of viewers of Thursday Night Football also increased during the 2019 NFL season, and Sunday Night Football is the most viewed television show in the United States.

TV networks pay top dollar

The NFL generates an estimated five billion U.S. dollars per year from broadcasting rights deals, a figure that has increased significantly over the years. In 2011, the sports channel ESPN agreed on an eight-year deal with the NFL – at a total cost of 15.2 billion U.S. dollars – ensuring the network has the rights to show Monday Night Football until at least 2021.

Average number of viewers of ESPN's Monday Night Football in the United States from 2015 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures prior to 2019 come from earlier articles.

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