By Whitney Pastorek
Updated October 25, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

psst. hey popwatchers. shhhh… be quiet so no one notices this post, cause i didn’t run it by my editor before i wrote it: did you know that this week’s monday night football was the highest-rated cable show of all time? yep, with 12.8 million viewers, it broke an old record set by an al gore/ross perot debate (???) and pretty much confirmed that abc’s gamble to move the football off the main network is paying off. although, to be fair, wife swap, the bachelor, and what about brian are kind of getting the snot slapped out of them in its place.

so are you guys enjoying the football on the espn (pronounced “espin,” fyi)? please to advise.

UPDATE, VERY LOUD, WHERE MY EDITOR CAN SEE: Okay, turns out this best-ratings-ever claim has been debunked by the Washington Post (ironically, the employer of MNF‘s Tony Kornheiser). Seems ESPN was counting households, not people, and the Gore/Perot debate (again, I say ???) remains king after all. Sniff. Hate to see a great run like that brought back because of a holding call.