Monday night’s “SportsCenter” on ESPN, following that mess of a Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football finish, drew 6.5 million viewers, making it the most-viewed “SportsCenter” ever.
If you don’t know by now, a controversial call by a replacement referee gave a touchdown, and the win, to the Seahawks. The call, replays, reaction, opinion and outrage filled much of the 90 minutes following the game.
As PRNewser reported several ESPN player-analysts challenged the outcome. Trent Dilfer, who once quarterbacked the Seahawks, said during “SportsCenter’s” coverage: “You get so frustrated with incompetence that it turns to anger. The NFL has insulted my intelligence. It’s tearing at the fabric of the game.”
The previous record for SportsCenter was 5.9 million viewers following a Monday night game which also featured the Packers playing the Minnesota Vikings Nov. 14, 2011.
Broadcasting and Cable reports the game itself averaged 16.2 million viewers, the third largest audience for any cable program this year.