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ESPN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

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VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 12/19/16 8:15 PM 12:04 AM 11214 4581
   CAROLINA/WASHINGTON
2 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 12:00 PM 2:38 PM 3687 1751
   BOSTON/NEW YORK
3 SPORTSCENTER (live) Mon 12/19/16 12:04 AM 1:04 AM 3221 1592
   
4 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 7:00 PM 9:16 PM 2717 971
   KENTUCKY/LOUISVILLE
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Fri 12/23/16 8:10 PM 11:33 PM 2513 773
   OHIO/TROY
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Wed 12/21/16 9:16 PM 12:31 AM 2381 858
   BYU/WYOMING
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Fri 12/23/16 4:30 PM 8:10 PM 2342 751
   LOUISIANA TECH/NAVY
8 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN (live) Mon 12/19/16 6:01 PM 8:15 PM 1679 792
   
9 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 10:34 PM 1:07 AM 1609 838
   LA CLIPPERS/LA LAKERS
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Tue 12/20/16 7:00 PM 10:57 PM 1582 555
   MEMPHIS/WESTERN KENTUCKY
11 NFL PRIMETIME Mon 12/19/16 1:04 AM 2:04 AM 1496 768
   
12 NFL COUNTDOWN (live) Sat 12/24/16 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 1441 712
   
13 NBA PRE-GAME (live) Sun 12/25/16 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 1415 698
   NBA COUNTDOWN
14 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 7:59 PM 10:34 PM 1389 662
   MINNESOTA/OKLAHOMA CITY
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Fri 12/23/16 1:00 PM 4:30 PM 1372 472
   EASTERN MICHIGAN/OLD DOMINION
16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Sat 12/24/16 8:00 PM 11:53 PM 1359 411
   HAWAII/MIDDLE TENNESSEE
17 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM (live) Sun 12/25/16 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 1336 659
   
18 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM (live) Sun 12/25/16 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1221 605
   
19 NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY (live) Sat 12/24/16 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1165 561
   
20 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Fri 12/23/16 11:33 PM 1:00 AM 1146 501
   
21 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Thu 12/22/16 7:00 PM 10:59 PM 1143 402
   IDAHO/COLORADO STATE
22 SPORTSCENTER 1AM (live) Sun 12/25/16 1:07 AM 2:37 AM 1100 603
   
23 PBA BOWLING Sun 12/25/16 2:38 PM 3:38 PM 1060 445
   PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP
24 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Sat 12/24/16 11:53 PM 1:23 AM 1009 427
   
25 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Wed 12/21/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 987 466
   
32 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME (live) Mon 12/19/16 2:25 PM 6:01 PM 795 352
   CENTRAL MICHIGAN/TULSA
37 COLLEGE GAMEDAY-BASKETBALL (live) Wed 12/21/16 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 709 345
   REGUALR SEASON
44 PBA BOWLING Sun 12/25/16 3:38 PM 4:38 PM 637 225
   PBA SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP
51 COLLEGE FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN (live) Mon 12/19/16 2:00 PM 2:25 PM 577 319
   
70 PBA BOWLING Sat 12/24/16 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 472 193
   CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
76 NFL MATCH-UP Fri 12/23/16 3:00 AM 3:30 AM 458 251
   
119 FANTASY FOOTBALL KICKOFF (live) Tue 12/20/16 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 344 207
   
141 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WEEKEND Sun 12/25/16 5:03 PM 5:30 PM 236 110
   
143 DRONE RACING LEAGUE Sat 12/24/16 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 215 114
   
146 SPORT SCIENCE Sat 12/24/16 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 179 95
   PLAYS OF THE YEAR

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is up +18 percent (3,138,000 vs. 2,653,000) from one week earlier and down -11 percent (3,138,000 vs. 3,514,000) from the same week one year ago (December 21-27, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is up +19 percent (1,124,000 vs. 947,000) from one week earlier and down -16 percent (1,124,000 vs. 1,346,000) from the same week one year ago (December 21-27, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 342,000 (200,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 342,000 (183,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 382,000 (194,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 453,000 (239,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Dec. 21): 468,000 (227,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, Dec. 20 & 22): 387,000 (224,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 492,000 (276,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 620,000 (310,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22): 961,000 (453,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 19-23 7 a.m.): 417,000 (207,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 19-23 8 a.m.): 442,000 (223,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 19-23 9 a.m.): 469,000 (232,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 20-22 & 25 6 p.m.): 625,000 (314,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 20 & 22-24 11 p.m.): 918,000 (415,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Dec. 19-22 midnight): 1,250,000 (630,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Dec. 20, 22-23 & 25 1 a.m.): 751,000 (416,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

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VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Mon 12/19/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 653 302
   
2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 12/19/16 7:00 PM 9:04 PM 574 234
   TENNESSEE STATE/DUKE
3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 8:04 PM 10:04 PM 540 185
   NORTHERN IOWA/NORTH CAROLINA
4 AROUND THE HORN Mon 12/19/16 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 443 200
   
5 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 6:00 PM 8:04 PM 410 168
   DUKE/ELON
6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 10:04 PM 12:09 AM 369 134
   VIRGINIA/CALIFORNIA
7 FIRST TAKE (live) Mon 12/19/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 348 165
   
8 HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE Mon 12/19/16 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 343 172
   
9 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sun 12/25/16 11:30 AM 1:00 PM 342 184
   30 FOR 30: BELIEVELAND
10 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Tue 12/20/16 9:04 PM 11:07 PM 340 142
   CREIGHTON/ARIZONA STATE
11 SPORTSCENTER EARLY (live) Mon 12/19/16 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 327 172
   
12 FIRST TAKE Thu 12/22/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 323 152
   
13 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 12/20/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 319 155
   
14 FANTASY SHOW (live) Sat 12/24/16 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 310 169
   
15 FIRST TAKE (live) Fri 12/23/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 309 153
   
16 FIRST TAKE (live) Wed 12/21/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 302 144
   
17 NFL LIVE (live) Fri 12/23/16 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 293 148
   
18 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 12/23/16 2:30 PM 4:52 PM 290 106
   AUBURN/CONNECTICUT
19 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sun 12/25/16 9:30 AM 11:30 AM 284 146
   30 FOR 30: FOUR FALLS OF BUFFALO
20 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Tue 12/20/16 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 277 120
   
21 MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNING (live) Mon 12/19/16 6:00 AM 10:00 AM 276 112
   
21 MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNING (live) Tue 12/20/16 6:00 AM 10:00 AM 276 123
   
21 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Thu 12/22/16 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 276 133
   
24 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sat 12/24/16 12:00 AM 2:00 AM 273 141
   30 FOR 30: CATHOLICS VS CONVICTS
25 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sat 12/24/16 10:30 PM 12:00 AM 272 125
   30 FOR 30: BENJI
26 BILLIARDS INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Sun 12/25/16 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 268 90
   WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE
31 BILLIARDS INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Sun 12/25/16 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 259 110
   TRICK SHOT MAGIC
34 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Tue 12/20/16 7:00 PM 9:04 PM 252 99
   CHARLOTTE/MARYLAND
37 BILLIARDS INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Sun 12/25/16 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 235 86
   TRICK SHOT MAGIC
39 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 9:04 PM 11:07 PM 228 68
   UNC ASHEVILLE/OHIO STATE
47 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 12/23/16 10:04 PM 12:05 AM 204 76
   SAN FRANCISCO/ILLINOIS STATE
55 SPORTS REPORTERS Sat 12/24/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 188 75
   
57 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 12/23/16 4:52 PM 6:29 PM 187 65
   TULSA/SAN DIEGO STATE
65 SPORT SCIENCE Fri 12/23/16 12:05 AM 12:32 AM 172 99
   NFL PLAYS OF THE YEAR
67 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 12/23/16 8:00 PM 10:04 PM 167 49
   HARVARD/HOUSTON
70 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 7:00 PM 9:04 PM 165 60
   SAN DIEGO STATE/SOUTHERN MISS
88 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 12/19/16 9:04 PM 11:01 PM 136 58
   STANFORD/SMU
106 VICE WORLD Thu 12/22/16 11:07 PM 11:34 PM 112 50
   ETERNAL DERBY
110 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 6:00 PM 8:07 PM 109 46
   TULSA/ILLINOIS STATE
110 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 8:31 PM 10:30 PM 109 49
   SAN DIEGO STATE/SAN FRANCISCO
125 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 1:30 AM 3:35 AM 79 40
   ILLINOIS STATE/HAWAII
134 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 10:30 PM 1:08 AM 34 17
   LA CLIPPERS/LA LAKERS

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is down -36 percent (260,000 vs. 408,000) from one week earlier and down -33 percent (260,000 vs. 389,000) from the same week one year ago (December 21-27, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is down -13 percent (209,000 vs. 241,000) from one week earlier and down -20 percent (209,000 vs. 260,000) from the same week one year ago (December 21-27, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Dec. 19-23): 258,000 (118,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (live)” (ESPN2, Dec. 19-21 & 23): 320,000 (154,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers (live)” (ESPN2, Dec. 19-22): 190,000 (99,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump (live)” (ESPN2, Dec. 20-22): 143,000 (75,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby” (ESPN2, Dec. 19-21): 81,000 (37,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Best of Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Dec. 20-22): 102,000 (49,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN2, Dec. 19): 145,000 (62,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN2, Dec. 19): 125,000 (58,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN2, Dec. 19 & 23): 209,000 (105,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN2, Dec. 19 & 23): 274,000 (129,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN2, Dec. 19): 343,000 (172,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN2, Dec. 19): 443,000 (200,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN2, Dec. 19): 653,000 (302,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Dec. 19 & 23 early evening): 247,000 (119,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 25 (and Select) Programs

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VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 7:00 PM 9:10 PM 165 28
   MISSOURI/ILLINOIS
2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 9:10 PM 11:17 PM 163 69
   CLEMSON/SOUTH CAROLINA
3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 12/19/16 7:00 PM 8:53 PM 148 42
   EASTERN MICHIGAN/SYRACUSE
4 E:60 Fri 12/23/16 9:02 PM 9:30 PM 146 55
   FRIDAY NIGHT LIES
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Sat 12/24/16 8:30 PM 11:30 PM 137 35
   CLEMSON/VIRGINIA TECH
6 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL (live) Fri 12/23/16 9:30 PM 12:30 AM 135 37
   BINGHAM (UT)/ST THOMAS AQUINAS (FL)
7 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 12:30 PM 2:43 PM 126 28
   STEPHEN F AUSTIN/UTAH
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Sat 12/24/16 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 125 29
   ALABAMA/OLE MISS
8 E:60 Sun 12/25/16 2:43 PM 3:06 PM 125 25
   LONG ROAD HOME
10 ESPNU STUDIO Sun 12/25/16 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 119 42
   2016 TOP CFB FAKE RADIO CALLS
11 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Tue 12/20/16 7:00 PM 8:49 PM 100 32
   GEORGIA/GEORGIA TECH
12 ESPNU STUDIO Sat 12/24/16 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 96 19
   ROAD TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Sat 12/24/16 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 95 23
   MICHIGAN/OHIO STATE
13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Sun 12/25/16 5:00 PM 8:00 PM 95 24
   LSU/ALABAMA
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE Mon 12/19/16 8:53 PM 9:00 PM 94 22
   
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Sun 12/25/16 8:00 PM 11:00 PM 94 19
   MICHIGAN/OHIO STATE
17 ESPNU STUDIO (live) Tue 12/20/16 8:49 PM 9:04 PM 93 37
   
18 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Fri 12/23/16 2:30 PM 4:00 PM 90 48
   30 FOR 30: PLAYING FOR THE MOB
19 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME Sun 12/25/16 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 86 31
   HAWAII/MIDDLE TENNESSEE
20 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Sat 12/24/16 5:00 PM 8:00 PM 83 18
   WASHINGTON/CALIFORNIA
21 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 12/25/16 3:06 PM 5:00 PM 78 7
   SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI/HAWAII
21 ESPNU STUDIO Sat 12/24/16 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 78 4
   ROAD TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
23 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 4:30 PM 6:31 PM 71 35
   TULSA/STEPHEN F AUSTIN
24 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME Mon 12/19/16 11:01 PM 2:00 AM 70 29
   CENTRAL MICHIGAN/TULSA
24 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL (live) Fri 12/23/16 6:00 PM 9:02 PM 70 28
   CHANDLER (AZ)/VALDOSTA (GA)
28 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 12/21/16 11:17 PM 1:01 AM 64 28
   KENT STATE/OREGON STATE
30 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Tue 12/20/16 9:04 PM 11:12 PM 62 19
   CHARLESTON SOUTHERN/VIRGINIA TECH
31 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 12/23/16 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 60 19
   PROVIDENCE/BOSTON COLLEGE
36 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 11:10 PM 1:14 AM 55 13
   SAN FRANCISCO/UTAH
37 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 7:00 PM 9:04 PM 53 14
   YALE/TEMPLE
42 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 12/23/16 12:30 AM 2:28 AM 48 21
   UTAH/HAWAII
56 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 12/22/16 9:04 PM 11:10 PM 40 10
   LSU/WAKE FOREST
67 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 12/19/16 9:00 PM 11:01 PM 33 11
   SOUTHERN MISS/MISSISSIPPI STATE

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is down -35 percent (102,000 vs. 157,000) from one week earlier and down -44 percent (102,000 vs. 183,000) from the same week one year ago (December 21-27, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is down -17 percent (55,000 vs. 66,000) from one week earlier and down -31 percent (55,000 vs. 80,000) from the same week one year ago (December 21-27, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Dec. 19-22): 30,000 (19,000 adults 18-49)

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

About Douglas Pucci

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