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Cowboys-Eagles Game Kicks ‘MNF’ Into High Gear

September 16, 2008 3:29 PM

A shootout of a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles brought ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” its best ratings ever, as well as the largest audience in cable history.

Scoring a 7.3 rating/21 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, yesterday’s “MNF” hit its highest ESPN ratings and the show’s best numbers since November 2005, when the game aired on ABC, according to Nielsen Media Research.

With 18.6 million viewers, the game dominated as the most-viewed program on television Monday night and in cable ratings history, edging out a 2007 “MNF” broadcast between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.

In non-sports-related programming, the season finale of TNT’s “The Closer” scored a 1.7/4, up a tenth of a ratings point from last week. The show also drove in a 3.7/8 in women 25-54, up 6% from last week.

Showtime's "Weeds" wrapped up its fourth season with 1 million viewers, increasing 36% from its previous season finale. Overall, the fourth season of the show improved 16% in viewers compared to last season.

(4 p.m.: Updated throughout)

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