Bears-Lions draw big ratings for MNF

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears' 13-7 defeat of the Detroit Lions on Monday night football delivered a combined 29.1 television rating for the Chicago market and 7.3 metered market rating across the country, despite going head-to-head with Game 7 of the NLCS and the final presidential debate before next month's election.

The MNF number was up from the Week 7 Monday night game of last year when Baltimore at Jacksonville garnered a 7.0 metered market rating on Oct. 24, 2011.

In Chicago, the ESPN broadcast of the Bears vs. Lions did a 16.8 rating, while the non-cable option WCIU-IND pulled in a 12.3 rating. Viewership of the game was also high in the Detroit market where ESPN had a 7.3 rating and WXYZ-ABC did a 15.1 for a combined 22.4 rating.

The game also drew the interest of fans in other markets such as: Las Vegas (13.9), New Orleans (13.0), Milwaukee (12.8), Indianapolis (10.6), Denver (10.0) and Phoenix (9.9).

A total of 16.6 million viewers tuned in earlier this season when the Bears faced the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football. That game did a 12.3 national rating and a combined 32.5 rating in the Chicago market.

The Bears make one final appearance on Monday Night Football when they travel to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 19.