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Peyton, Eli Manning Monday Night Football broadcast doubles viewership in Week 2

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 9/22/2021 Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
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Correction/clarification: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported details of a story Eli Manning told about meeting Brett Favre. Manning, who was 17 at the time, said he left the bar because his friend wouldn't sneak in. 

In one week, Peyton and Eli Manning's accompanying Monday Night Football telecast on ESPN2 more than doubled in viewership. 

ESPN said Tuesday that the Mannings' broadcast of the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game garnered 1.9 million viewers, up from 800,000 (a 132% increase). 

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Meanwhile, ESPN's traditional broadcast with Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese drew 11.9 million. 

The Manning brothers' Week 2 guests included Pat McAfee, Brett Favre and Rob Gronkowski. The hilarity and hijinks were on display once again, with Eli telling a story about meeting Favre in a bar when he was 17, Gronkowski informing the world he does not watch film and McAfee visibly sweating his wagers in the game's closing minutes. 

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning are posing for a picture: Peyton and Eli Manning © Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images Peyton and Eli Manning

The Mannings' deal with ESPN, run through Peyton's production company "Omaha Productions," is for 10 games in the next three seasons. 

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.

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