Giants Vs. Buccaneers Was Most Watched Monday Night Football Week 8 Game In Five Years

The Week 8 New York Giants kept it closer than expected against the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

But the Buccaneers escaped with a 25-23 victory over the now 1-7 Giants, who dropped their second straight game after holding a fourth quarter lead.

There wasn’t all that much hype going into this game. The surging Buccaneers were expected to dominate the one-win Giants, after all. Nonetheless, the game brought strong viewership numbers for ESPN and the NFL.

According to an ESPN press release, the Week 8 Monday Night Football game drew a reported 11.703 million viewers. This marks the best viewership for a Week 8 Monday Night Football game since Week 8 (the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Carolina Panthers).

Per the press release, the Bucs-Giants viewership was up 17 percent from last year’s Week 8 Monday night game between the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tampa Bay finished with a local rating of 20.8. Philadelphia had the second highest recorded local rating at 11.6, followed by San Diego (11.5) and New York (10.8). The Giants’ loss was pivotal for the Eagles in the NFC East division race, so it’s no surprise that many football fans in Philadelphia tuned in for the game.

In the release, ESPN also noted that Monday Night Football has averaged 11.221 million viewers through eight weeks.

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Two of the Buccaneers’ next three games take place in a prime time slot: This Sunday’s home tilt against the New Orleans Saints will be broadcast on NBC’s Sunday Night Football program. Two weeks later, they’ll host the Los Angeles Rams in another Monday Night Football appearance.

Unless the NFL flexes any games, the Week 11 home game against the Rams will mark the Bucs’ final prime time appearance in the regular season.

Unsurprisingly, Brady’s arrival in Tampa Bay has led to a better record and a much greater national following. Simply put, the NFL made the right call by placing the Buccaneers in several prime time games.

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