TV Ratings: NFL, 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Good Doctor' Dominate Monday

Even with 2016, ESPN's football telecast grows significantly from the previous week.
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More good news for the NFL's primetime showings. After a resurgent Sunday Night Football on NBC this week, ESPN's Monday Night Football coverage was also much-improved.

Philadelphia's 34-24 victory over Washington averaged a 7.9 overnight rating among households. That's dead even with its showing for the same week last season — and a 30 percent improvement from the fatigued showing a week ago that ultimately averaged 8.4 million viewers. Monday Night Football has been holding its own this season, while overall NFL viewership remains slightly fatigued from 2016's. (That year saw much more significant drops.)

Monday Night Football is also poised to win the night among adults 18-49, though its overall audience won't likely outshine The Big Bang Theory. CBS' flagship comedy averaged a steady 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers. It helped the network manage No. 3 status among the broadcast networks, as subsequent outings fell off — despite week-over-week improvement. 9JKL (1.4 adults), Kevin Can Wait (1.2 adults), Me, Myself & I (0.9 adults) and Scorpion (0.8 adults) brought a steady degradation over the course of the evening.

Overall broadcast demo bragging rights go to NBC, with a slightly depleted episode of The Voice (2.2 adults) and an even outing of The Brave (1.0 adults). It managed to outdo ABC in key demo for the night, though the latter was a big audience winner thanks to The Good Doctor. The season's biggest new drama averaged another 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and took in 10.7 million viewers, climbing from Dancing With the Stars (1.3 adults, 9.3 million viewers) before it.

The Gifted is slowly seeing its live haul dip, four weeks in, most recently averaging a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers for Fox. It still improved upon Lucifer, if only slightly, which brought a 0.8 rating. On the CW, Supergirl (0.5 adults) and Valor (0.2 adults) were unchanged.

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