Manningcast
Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli titlecard.jpg
Also known asMonday Night Football with Peyton and Eli
GenreNFL game telecasts
Created byPeyton Manning
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2 (NFL seasons)
No. of episodes11 (games)
Production
Production locationVirtual
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time3–4 hours
Production companies
DistributorESPN Original Productions
Release
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Original releaseSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related shows

Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli, colloquially known as the Manningcast, is an alternate live television broadcast of Monday Night Football hosted by Peyton and Eli Manning. It is produced by Peyton's production company Omaha Productions. The broadcasts air on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

History

On July 19, 2021, ESPN announced that Peyton and Eli Manning would host an alternate presentation of Monday Night Football. The deal signed by ESPN and Omaha Productions (which produced the ESPN+ series Peyton's Places) was for three seasons and called for ten games each year. For the 2021 season, it was announced that the presentation would air for the first three weeks of the season (Ravens-Raiders, Lions-Packers and Eagles-Cowboys), with the final seven telecasts announced at a later date.[1]

The first Manningcast aired on September 13, 2021, as an alternate presentation of the Monday Night Football game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.[2]

On November 13, 2021, ESPN announced that the presentation would also be offered for the network's Monday-night Wild Card Game during the 2021 playoffs.[3] In February 2022, ESPN extended its contract through the 2024 NFL season, with Omaha Productions also slated to collaborate with ESPN on extending the format to other sports properties, such as college football, golf, and UFC events.[4] The series received a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series at the 43rd Sports Emmy Awards on May 24, 2022.[5]

Broadcasts

Season 1 (2021–2022)

No.MatchupOriginal air dateGuest(s) Viewers
(millions)
1"Ravens at Raiders"[6]September 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)Charles Barkley, Ray Lewis, Travis Kelce, and Russell Wilson0.80[7]
2"Lions at Packers"[8]September 20, 2021 (2021-09-20)Brett Favre, Rob Gronkowski, Patrick Willis, and Pat McAfee1.86[9]
3"Eagles at Cowboys"[10]September 27, 2021 (2021-09-27)Matthew Stafford, LeBron James, Nick Saban, and Chris Long1.89[9]
4"Saints at Seahawks"[11]October 25, 2021 (2021-10-25)Marshawn Lynch, Tom Brady, Sue Bird, and Drew Brees1.61[9]
5"Giants at Chiefs"[12]November 1, 2021 (2021-11-01)Jon Stewart, Michael Strahan, Josh Allen, and Michael Irvin1.96[9]
6"Rams at 49ers"[13]November 15, 2021 (2021-11-15)Al Michaels, Phil Mickelson, Draymond Green, and Philip Rivers1.55[9]
7"Giants at Bucs"[14]November 22, 2021 (2021-11-22)Bill Parcells, Kevin Hart, Condoleezza Rice, and Julian Edelman1.58[9]
8"Patriots at Bills"[15]December 6, 2021 (2021-12-06)David Letterman, Aqib Talib, and Joe Buck1.63[9]
9"Browns at Steelers"[16]January 3, 2022 (2022-01-03)Bill Cowher, Roger Goodell, Snoop Dogg, and Aaron Rodgers1.48[9]
10"Cardinals at Rams"[17]January 17, 2022 (2022-01-17)Larry Fitzgerald, Dwayne Johnson, and Russell Wilson1.42[18]

Season 2 (2022–2023)

No.MatchupOriginal air dateGuest(s) Viewers
(millions)
1"Broncos at Seahawks"[19]September 12, 2022 (2022-09-12)Saquon Barkley, Joel McHale, and Shannon Sharpe1.50[20]
2"Cowboys at Giants"September 26, 2022 (2022-09-26)TBATBD
3"Rams at 49ers"October 3, 2022 (2022-10-03)TBATBD
4"Bears at Patriots"October 24, 2022 (2022-10-24)TBATBD
5"Bengals at Browns"October 31, 2022 (2022-10-31)TBATBD
6"Ravens at Saints"November 7, 2022 (2022-11-07)TBATBD
7"Saints at Buccaneers"December 5, 2022 (2022-12-05)TBATBD
8"Patriots at Cardinals"December 12, 2022 (2022-12-12)TBATBD
9"Rams at Packers"December 19, 2022 (2022-12-19)TBATBD
10"Wild card game TBD"January 16, 2023 (2023-01-16)TBATBD

Curse

A "curse" akin to the Madden curse began to develop upon players who made guest appearances on the broadcasts, with an observed pattern of players having a decline in performance the following week.[21]

Adoption by other ESPN properties

Building upon the success of the Mannings' broadcasts, ESPN has since produced similar broadcasts for some of its other sports properties, some of which not involving the Mannings, but were still called Manningcasts:[4][22]

References

  1. ^ "Peyton and Eli Manning will call Monday Night Football MegaCasts for ESPN". 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Peyton Manning salvaged a rough start to his 'Monday Night Football' debut". 14 September 2021.
  3. ^ "ESPN to Broadcast MNF Wild Card Game, Will Include Manningcast". 13 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b Steinberg, Brian (2022-02-09). "ESPN Expands 'ManningCast' Deal With Peyton Manning's Omaha Productions". Variety. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  5. ^ Rosenstein, Mike (2022-05-25). "Giants legend Eli Manning adds new title to resume: Emmy Award winner". NJ.com. Retrieved 2022-06-13.
  6. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (September 13, 2021). "Full Guest Lineup! Chiefs TE @tkelce is Guest 3 ESPN2. Tonight" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "ESPN's "Monday Night Football" Season-Opening MegaCast: 15.3 Million Viewers, Delivering "MNF's" Most-Watched Week 1 Game Since 2013" (Press release). ESPN. The Futon Critic. September 14, 2021. Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  8. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (September 20, 2021). "Stacked Lineup! Peyton and @EliManning are back tonight on ESPN2 for MNF. See you at Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "ESPN's "Monday Night Football: Doubleheader Saturday" Debut Registers Viewership of 20.3 Million for Cowboys-Eagles and 19.1 Million for Chiefs-Broncos, ESPN's Most-Watched NFL Regular Season Games in More than a Decade" (Press release). ESPN. The Futon Critic. January 11, 2022. Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  10. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (September 27, 2021). "The ManningCast week 3 lineup is set! Join Peyton and @EliManning at Exactly 8:13pm ET on ESPN2" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (October 25, 2021). "We're back. ESPN2. Tonight" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (November 1, 2021). "ESPN2 tonight at Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (November 15, 2021). "Back tonight on ESPN2 – at Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (November 22, 2021). "Tonight on ESPN2 at Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (December 6, 2021). "ESPN2. Tonight. Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (January 1, 2022). "Back Monday on ESPN2 – at Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (January 17, 2022). "Tonight on ESPN2 at Exactly 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 17, 2022. Retrieved January 17, 2022 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "ESPN's MegaCast Draws More Than 23.1 Million Viewers for the Los Angeles Rams' Decisive Victory Over the Arizona Cardinals" (Press release). ESPN. The Futon Critic. January 19, 2022. Archived from the original on January 21, 2022. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  19. ^ Omaha Productions [@OmahaProd] (September 12, 2022). "Tonight. ESPN2. 8:13pm ET" (Tweet). Retrieved September 13, 2022 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "ShowBuzzDaily: Monday 9.12.22" (Press release). Show Buzz Daily. September 13, 2022. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  21. ^ "Did the ManningCast 'Monday Night Football' curse strike again? Bills' Josh Allen latest apparent 'victim'". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2021-11-20.
  22. ^ a b "ESPN releases schedule for Sunday Night Baseball KayRod Cast". Awful Announcing. 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  23. ^ Winslow, George (2022-03-16). "ESPN Taps Genius Sports for Immersive Coverage at NCAA Women's Basketball Tourney". TVTechnology. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  24. ^ Costa, Brandon (2022-03-31). "Live From Women's Final Four: The Bird & Taurasi Show Highlights ESPN's MegaCast Menu". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  25. ^ "Joe Buck reportedly set for ESPN debut hosting PGA Championship alternate feed". Awful Announcing. 2022-05-05. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  26. ^ "Charles Barkley, Troy Aikman, and the Mannings will join Joe Buck's PGA Championship broadcast". Awful Announcing. 2022-05-10. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  27. ^ Contes, Brandon (2022-08-04). "Peyton Manning, Pat McAfee creating ESPN2 college football simulcast". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 2022-08-05.