NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — The highly publicized return of Robert Griffin III was everything ESPN hoped it would be.
The Washington Redskins game against the Philadelphia Eagles, featuring the return of the D.C.’s leading man, set a Monday Night Football viewership record by earning an 11.6 overnight rating — the highest ever for a Week One game on ESPN.
The cable sports network began showing Monday Night Football in 2006. Its previous best opener was for Baltimore against the Jets in 2010.
Elsewhere in the NFL, San Francisco’s victory over Green Bay was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February, leading Fox to its best opening week ever.
Sunday’s game earned a 16.6 rating and was watched by 28.5 million viewers, the network says Tuesday.
CBS earned an 11.2 rating for its regional coverage, its highest in 14 years for the opening week.
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