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ESPN Announces Significant Week 5 Monday Night Football Viewership Numbers

Monday night's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders provided plenty of drama. 

The Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to beat their rival 30-29, another questionable roughing the passer penalty caused controversy and Davante Adams shoved a photographer on his way off the field.

The big benefactor is ESPN.

ESPN announced Wednesday that the Raiders-Chiefs game drew 15.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched Week Five Monday Night Football game since 2011. That represented a 39 percent increase from a year ago, per Front Office Sports.

Those numbers continued a strong season for Monday Night Football. 

The Week One matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks drew 19.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched season opener in Monday Night Football history. The Week Three game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants came close to eclipsing that with 19.4-million viewers.

ESPN went all-in on its Monday Night Football broadcast this season by luring the veteran commentary team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman away from Fox. Whether it's due to the appeal of Buck and Aikman, having better matchups on Monday nights or the NFL simply continuing to surge in popularity, Monday night matchups continue to thrive on the worldwide leader.