The Eagles' 33-27 victory against the Redskins, the defending
The Eagles-Redskins game drew an average of more than 16.5 million viewers and generated a household rating of 10.1, according to Nielsen.
Previously, the highest rated "Monday Night Football" opening game was the 2010 contest between the
The Eagles' victory had more than 20.9 million viewers at its peak, which happened at 10-10:15 p.m. Eastern.
The second game, in which the Texans came from behind to beat the Chargers, 31-28, took in nearly 11 million viewers and earned a rating of 7.1.
The games were the No. 1 and No. 2 telecasts of the night across all networks, drawing an average of almost 14 million viewers and a rating of 8.7.
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