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Bears' Monday night comeback another hit for ESPN

NEW YORK -- The Chicago Bears' big comeback against the
Arizona Cardinals on Monday night had viewers glued to television
sets.

ESPN's telecast of the Bears' shocking 24-23 victory was watched
in 10.8 million homes, the third-highest total in cable television
history. It trailed only a 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross
Perot and the return of football to New Orleans on Sept. 25 when
the Saints topped Atlanta, also on "Monday Night Football."

When factoring in the Chicago and Arizona television markets,
where ESPN's broadcast was shown on over-the-air channels, the game
was watched in 11.98 million homes. That marked the first time an
NFL game on cable drew more viewers than a telecast the same week
on an over-the-air network.

Denver's 13-3 victory Sunday night over Oakland on NBC was
watched in 8.8 million households.

The Chicago-Arizona telecast drew an 11.7 rating. A cable
ratings point represents 923,000 households.