10:46am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Rising 'Monday Night Football' Bests 'The Voice'
It's been a good week for the NFL. On the heels of season highs for Sunday Night Football on NBC, ESPN's Monday franchise skyrocketed more than 50 percent.
The Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens netted an overnight 9.1 rating among Nielsen's metered-market households. That was enough to put the cable telecast ahead of any broadcast competition — including NBC's The Voice, which it outrated by 26 percent.
NBC still easily topped all Big Four competition. The Voice was up a tick from the previous Monday, averaging a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.4 million. The network also nabbed a 10 p.m. win with the fall finale of Timeless, as the freshman drama averaged a 1.2 rating in the key demo.
The race for No. 2 went to comedy-driven CBS. Kevin Can Wait (1.4 adults), Man With a Plan (1.2 adults), 2 Broke Girls (1.2 adults) and The Odd Couple (1.0 adults) all held steady — as did action drama Scorpion (1.1 adults).
ABC saw a strong showing for The Great Christmas Light Fight, but that's with the current NFL preemptions in Boston, so expect a drop when final returns come in. As of Tuesday morning, it earned a 1.3 and 1.2 rating in the key demo.
Fox aired repeats, while The CW aired holiday specials.