Cowboys-Eagles game sets record

ESPN telecast breaks 'MNF' record from December

NEW YORK -- ESPN's Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game Monday night drew 18.6 million viewers, a new record for a basic cable telecast.

The 18.6 million beat the previous record, another "Monday Night Football" telecast from December, Nielsen Media Research said. That game, a New England-Baltimore "Monday Night Football" telecast, averaged 17.5 million viewers.

The game, which ended around midnight ET, was close to the final minute before the Cowboys won, 41-37.