Rams-49ers Was Lowest-Rated Monday Night Football Game Since 2008
There were plenty of story-lines leading into the Monday Night Football matchup that pitted the San Francisco 49ers against the Los Angeles Rams. For the 1st time since 1994, the L.A. area had a team they could call their own. It was also the start of the Chip Kelly era with the 49ers, and let’s not forget that all eyes were on back-up QB Colin Kaepernick as he kneeled once again during the playing of the National Anthem.
That’s where the excitement ended, as the Rams easily set offensive football back 70 years while putting on a horrendous display of football in Levi’s Stadium. Both of these teams went a combined 12-20 last season and have two lack luster QB’s running the show—Case Keenum & Blaine Gabbert.
Combine all those things and you get the worst ratings ESPN has gotten for a game since 2008.
ESPN MNF doubleheader down. Steelers-Skins -7% in early window compared to Eagles-Falcons. Rams-49ers late was -25% from Vikes-49ers
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) September 13, 2016
Rams-49ers also the lowest ESPN “MNF” Week 1 late window game since Broncos-Raiders in 2008. — Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) September 13, 2016
Let that be a lesson to the league to never put the Rams on prime-time TV again.