Record Cable Audience Monday
The Minnesota Vikings' triumph over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night on ESPN drew the largest viewing audience in the history of cable television, the network announced.
The telecast, which featured Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's first game against his former team, also got the highest rating ever for ESPN.
According to ESPN, the game had a 15.3 rating and was seen in more than 15.1 million homes, surpassing a September 2008 game on ESPN between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles that was seen in nearly 13 million homes and had a 13.3 rating.
ESPN's previous top rating was a 14.4 rating for a December 1987 game between the Vikings and Chicago Bears. That game was seen in 8.4 million homes.
"Last night's record-setting performance clearly demonstrates that big events on ESPN deliver big audiences with content across all our platforms," George Bodenheimer, the network's president, said in a written statement. "In its 40th season, 'Monday Night Football' remains a special place to showcase the NFL's best."
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