ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' Tops Competition in Historic Fashion

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20: Chester Taylor #29 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bears/Vikings game ranks as cable's ninth most-viewed program ever.

Last night's Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings match up on ESPN's Monday Night Football was the most-watched primetime program on broadcast and cable, attracting 17.1 million viewers to a blow-out 40-14 victory by the Bears.

ESPN also won the night in households and key male demos, helping the net win the night among all networks for the fifth time this season. The game ranks as the ninth most-viewed program in cable history (excluding breaking news), said Nielsen.

So far this season, ESPN's MNF is trending slightly higher than last season. Additionally, had 164 million page views, for a 12% bump, and 237 million minutes, up 24%, generated by NFL content on Sunday and Monday.