ESPN Has Most-Viewed 'SportsCenter' Following Controversial 'MNF' Game
90-minute edition drew 6.5 million viewers from midnight-1:30 a.m. ET
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/25/2012 5:36:04 PM
The previous record for SportsCenter (5.9 million viewers) also followed a MNF game (Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers on Nov. 14, 2011). The postgame SportsCenter also drew a 5.2 HH rating, the second-highest in that measurement.
The game ended on a controversial ruling from the "replacement" referees -- the NFL is stuck in a labor dispute with the regular refs, locking them out -- which awarded the Seattle Seahawks a last-second come-from-behind victory. The outcome of the game was decried as a "disgrace" from sports TV personalities.
The game itself averaged 16.2 million viewers, the third largest audience among viewers for any program on cable television in 2012, according to Nielsen.
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