The Chargers are playing the Raiders tonight, but Peyton Manning isn’t on the broadcast. Instead, it’s Eli Manning, who is now a broadcaster for CBS.
The manning brothers monday night football is not on tonight because of a scheduling conflict.
The Manning brothers are nowhere to be seen on ESPN2’s alternative Monday Night Football broadcast, which features the Las Vegas Raiders taking on the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC West battle. “Where is the Eli and Peyton Manning Monday Night Football broadcast in Week 4?” you may be wondering.
The truth is that this season, Peyton and Eli Manning will not be announcing all 17 NFL Monday Night Football games. Week 4 is one of their vacation weeks, and it won’t be the last. Here’s all you need to know about the Manning Brothers’ Monday Night Football appearance.
The Manningcast has been a huge success.
Each of the first three weeks of the NFL season, the ESPN2 alternative Monday Night Football broadcast — dubbed “Monday Night Manning” or the “Manningcast” — has increased in popularity.
Around 800,000 people tuned in to see the Manning brothers broadcast the Raiders’ 33-27 victory against the Baltimore Ravens during Week 1 of the NFL season. The next week, that figure had more than doubled. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions 35-17 in Week 2 in front of 1.86 million spectators.
Week 3 attracted an even larger audience, with 1.89 million people. These NFL fans listened to Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and their pals talk about the Dallas Cowboys’ 41-21 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles.
That figure may not seem to represent a big improvement. Even still, it’s remarkable when you consider that, according to Pro Football Talk, overall MNF viewership dropped from 13.8 million in Week 2 to 12.9 million in Week 3.
In Week 1, approximately 5.2 percent of all MNF viewers watched the Manning siblings, according to the statistics. In Weeks 2 and 3, that audience share increased to 13.4 percent and 14.6 percent, respectively.
Peyton and Eli’s alternative broadcast has proven to be a smash success. The issue now is whether the program can maintain its momentum after a few weeks off.
Through their new deal, Peyton and Eli Manning will host a Monday Night Football MegaCast on ESPN2 and ESPN+ for three seasons. It will be produced by ESPN and Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions. Starting this year, it will consist of ten games each season. pic.twitter.com/sYSdjzhn0I
July 19, 2021 — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
The Manning brothers revealed the date of their upcoming Monday Night Football Manningcast at the conclusion of the Week 3 show. The program isn’t scheduled to return until Week 7. The pair is taking a three-week break and will not return until Monday, October 25th, when the New Orleans Saints take on the Seattle Seahawks.
Eli and Peyton Manning only agreed to perform 10 shows this season from the start of the endeavor. The two signed on for three seasons (2021, 2022, and 2023) and would perform the 10-show run in each, according to the original statement from ESPN/Disney PR.
In addition to the Week 7 game, Peyton and Eli said that they will be watching the Week 8 showdown between Eli’s New York Giants and Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs.
However, neither the Manning brothers nor the network have said which five of the next nine Monday Night Football games they will play in after that.
Why is the Eli and Peyton Manning alternative broadcast so popular?
Peyton Manning and Eli Manning | Getty Images/Harry How
The reason Eli and Peyton Manning are causing such a stir in the football broadcasting world is simple: they’re entertaining.
Since Eli’s birth in 1981, the NFL quarterbacks have known each other. This gives them a synergy that is very rare in the media industry. The effortlessly entertaining connection, which has been developed through years of being genuine brothers, is unlike anything seen on sports television.
They also combine entertainment with sports in a smooth and natural way. Peyton and Eli have both hosted Saturday Night Live and have been in a number of commercials. When you combine that with the fact that they are two of the most intelligent quarterbacks in NFL history, you have an infotainment combination like we’ve never seen before.
Another reason the ESPN2 alternative broadcast is so interesting is because it is unpolished to the point of being hilarious. The Manning brothers often cut each other off, struggle to connect with guests (due to Brett Favre’s internet), and even toss it to a commercial break in the middle of a sentence.
When it comes to presenting a television show, the pair is inexperienced. Last Thursday, the younger Manning even gave the audience the double bird. He did so in the hopes that the production crew would be able to blur it out on the spot.
In the hands of a less capable host, much of this would be aggravating. But it simply works with Peyton and Eli for some reason.
There’s a lot of debate about whether the Manning brothers’ unique broadcast is the way to watch football in the future. It most likely isn’t, but there are certainly lessons to be learned from it. For the time being, we should simply enjoy the moment, even if it isn’t for another three weeks.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What channel is Peyton and Eli on tonight?
They are on channel 10
Why are Peyton and Eli taking a break?
They have been dating for a long time and they are both very busy with their careers.
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