ESPN telecast of Ravens game is TV's highest rated show Monday night

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens 18-16 victory over the Lions was the highest rated show on television Monday night -- cable or network.

It drove ESPN to first place across the board in viewers, households and young adult and male demos.

The game was seen in 10.47 households by 14.16 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. The largest audience tuned in from 11:30 to 11:43 for the dramatic finish.

Not surprisingly, Baltimore was the market with the highest percentage of viewers. The game earned a rating of 40.2 here.

ESPN only notched a 12.1 rating in Baltimore, with WBAL, which carried ESPN's coverage over the air, scoring a 28.1.

Detroit was the market with the second highest percentage of viewers. The rating there was 35.0.

In the teams home markets, ESPN contractually has to offer its coverage to an over-the-air station.

Monday's game was three-tenths of a rating point higher than the season average for "Monday Night Football." It drew about 400,000 more viewers than average.

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