- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Monday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on ESPN was the most-watched program in the history of cable television.

The game drew a 12.8 Nielsen rating, representing 11.8 million homes and edging out CNN’s 1992 debate between Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot on the issue of NAFTA. It is also the first program to beat out CNN’s breaking news coverage of the start of the Gulf War on Jan. 17, 1991.

ESPN was the most-watch network — cable or broadcast — Monday night, and dominated the coveted young male demographic. It was the sixth-straight week that ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” earned a rating more than 10. The program now occupies seven of the top eight spots on the list of cable’s largest audiences.

Tim Lemke

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