The New Orleans Saints' 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers was also a ratings win for ESPN as it earned a 9.1 overnight rating in metered markets, according to Nielsen. That made the game the second-best "Monday Night Football" overnight rating of the season, according to an ESPN press release.
The ratings story was even better in New Orleans where fans could watch on ESPN or the simulcast on WDSU-6. ESPN earned a 13.4 rating in New Orleans while WDSU earned a 46.4 for a combined 59.8 rating in the market. In Charlotte the combined rating was 26.4.