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ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 7/31/16 8:00 PM 12:29 AM 1786 600
   SEATTLE/CHICAGO CUBS
2 MLB MONDAY NIGHT – EARLY (live) Mon 7/25/16 7:00 PM 10:42 PM 864 314
   DETROIT/BOSTON
3 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Mon 7/25/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 795 438
   
4 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Tue 7/26/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 750 408
   
5 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Sun 7/31/16 12:29 AM 2:00 AM 698 331
   
6 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Thu 7/28/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 689 358
   
7 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Fri 7/29/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 679 386
   
8 MLB TUESDAY NIGHT – EARLY (live) Tue 7/26/16 7:00 PM 10:10 PM 665 260
   CHICAGO CUBS/CHICAGO WHITE SOX
9 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT – EARLY (live) Wed 7/27/16 8:00 PM 11:01 PM 653 244
   CHICAGO WHITE SOX/CHICAGO CUBS
10 AROUND THE HORN Mon 7/25/16 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 633 368
   
15 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 7/28/16 7:30 PM 10:03 PM 513 314
   MLS ALL-STARS/ARSENAL FC
18 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Sat 7/30/16 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 508 263
   REAL MADRID/CHELSEA
20 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Sat 7/30/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 503 277
   BARCELONA/CELTIC
22 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 7/31/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 496 228
   
36 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Wed 7/27/16 11:30 PM 1:32 AM 402 275
   CHELSEA/LIVERPOOL
44 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WEEKEND Sun 7/31/16 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 378 187
   
45 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 7/31/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 374 202
   
46 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (live) Sat 7/30/16 7:05 PM 9:37 PM 373 243
   SEMIFINALS: CITY OF GODS/OVERSEAS ELITE
50 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (live) Sat 7/30/16 5:00 PM 7:05 PM 365 252
   SEMIFINALS: TEAM COLORADO/ALWAYS A BRAVE
62 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 7/31/16 4:00 PM 6:05 PM 328 194
   SEATTLE/LA GALAXY
81 TRACK & FIELD (live) Fri 7/29/16 9:30 PM 12:01 AM 297 119
   TRACKTOWN SUMMER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
91 E:60 Fri 7/29/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 289 193
   
101 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WEEKEND Fri 7/29/16 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 274 168
   
116 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Sat 7/30/16 10:00 PM 12:00 AM 256 151
   LIVERPOOL/AC MILAN
149 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Sat 7/30/16 12:00 AM 2:00 AM 204 127
   PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN/LEICESTER CITY

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is up +2 percent (714,000 vs. 698,000) from one week earlier and down -2 percent (714,000 vs. 728,000) from the same week one year ago (July 27-August 2, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is up +7 percent (391,000 vs. 364,000) from one week earlier and down -7 percent (391,000 vs. 420,000) from the same week one year ago (July 27-August 2, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN, July 25-29): 271,000 (162,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN, July 25-29): 238,000 (139,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, July 25-29): 304,000 (167,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, July 25-29): 353,000 (184,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, July 25-29): 343,000 (201,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, July 25-29): 424,000 (250,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, July 25-29): 493,000 (286,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, July 25-29): 691,000 (372,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight” (ESPN, July 25-27): 355,000 (157,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, July 25-29 7 a.m.): 237,000 (147,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, July 25-29 8 a.m.): 281,000 (165,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, July 25-29 9 a.m.): 282,000 (166,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, July 25-30 6 p.m.): 384,000 (219,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, July 25-28 11 p.m.): 416,000 (223,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, July 25-26 & 28-29 midnight): 386,000 (220,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, July 25-29 1 a.m.): 298,000 (178,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 FIRST TAKE (live) Mon 7/25/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 380 263
   
2 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 7/26/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 343 232
   
3 FIRST TAKE (live) Thu 7/28/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 329 196
   
4 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Mon 7/25/16 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 297 147
   
5 FIRST TAKE (live) Fri 7/29/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 293 170
   
6 FIRST TAKE (live) Wed 7/27/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 290 177
   
7 FIRST TAKE Mon 7/25/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 256 144
   
8 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-WOMEN (live) Sun 7/31/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 251 58
   ROGERS CUP: WOMEN’S FINAL
9 HIS & HERS (live) Wed 7/27/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 250 159
   
10 HIS & HERS (live) Thu 7/28/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 249 156
   
11 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Sat 7/30/16 7:56 PM 9:35 PM 241 54
   ROGERS CUP: MEN’S SEMIFINAL: NOVAK DJOKOVIC/GAELS MONFILS
12 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Wed 7/27/16 9:30 PM 11:43 PM 240 152
   BAYERN MUNICH/AC MILAN
15 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP (live) Wed 7/27/16 7:30 PM 9:30 PM 230 140
   REAL MADRID/PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
19 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-WOMEN (live) Sat 7/30/16 1:00 PM 2:56 PM 222 59
   ROGERS CUP: WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL: SIMONE HALEP/ANGELIQUE KERBER
24 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Sun 7/31/16 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 204 44
   ROGERS CUP: MEN’S FINAL
28 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Sat 7/30/16 2:56 PM 5:00 PM 196 56
   ROGERS CUP: MEN’S SEMIFINAL: KEI NISHIKORI/STAN WAWRINKA
29 CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (live) Sun 7/31/16 7:30 PM 10:55 PM 193 68
   TORONTO ARGONAUTS/OTTAWA REDBLACKS
41 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-WOMEN (live) Sat 7/30/16 6:00 PM 7:56 PM 174 23
   ROGERS CUP: WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL: KRISTINA KUCOVA/MADISON KEYS
42 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WEEKEND Sun 7/31/16 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 173 111
   
52 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 7/31/16 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 152 81
   
56 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Fri 7/29/16 6:30 PM 8:49 PM 150 46
   ROGERS CUP: QUARTERFINALS
58 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Thu 7/28/16 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 149 80
   ROGERS CUP: MEN’S ROUND OF 16
59 ARM WRESTLING Tue 7/26/16 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 148 71
   
59 CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (live) Mon 7/25/16 7:30 PM 10:37 PM 148 64
   MONTREAL ALOUETTES/TORONTO ARGONAUTS
69 CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (live) Fri 7/29/16 10:26 PM 1:30 AM 136 62
   BC LIONS/CALGARY STAMPEDERS
74 ISKA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Tue 7/26/16 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 129 73
   
77 CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (live) Thu 7/28/16 9:04 PM 12:33 AM 127 57
   WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS/EDMONTON ESKIMOS
82 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Fri 7/29/16 12:30 PM 4:30 PM 121 40
   ROGERS CUP: QUARTERFINALS
92 ARM WRESTLING Fri 7/29/16 9:18 PM 10:00 PM 100 34
   
99 CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (live) Fri 7/29/16 10:00 PM 10:26 PM 93 32
   BC LIONS/CALGARY STAMPEDERS
109 TENNIS: US OPEN SERIES-MEN (live) Thu 7/28/16 6:30 PM 9:04 PM 80 32
   ROGERS CUP: MEN’S ROUND OF 16

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is down -12 percent (165,000 vs. 188,000) from one week earlier and down -30 percent (165,000 vs. 237,000) from the same week one year ago (July 27-August 2, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is up +4 percent (163,000 vs. 156,000) from one week earlier and down -9 percent (163,000 vs. 179,000) from the same week one year ago (July 27-August 2, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, July 25-29): 204,000 (110,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (live)” (ESPN2, July 25-29): 327,000 (210,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers (live)” (ESPN2, July 25-29): 238,000 (156,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, July 25-29): 100,000 (57,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby” (ESPN2, July 25-26 &qmp; 28-29): 70,000 (42,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Best of Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, July 25-27): 102,000 (64,000 adults 18-49)
  • “ESPN FC” (ESPN2, July 27-28 & 31): 92,000 (58,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sun 7/31/16 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 123 34
   MICHIGAN STATE/MICHIGAN
2 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sat 7/30/16 10:00 PM 1:00 AM 110 47
   ARKANSAS/MISSISSIPPI
3 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sat 7/30/16 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 109 55
   ALABAMA/CLEMSON (NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP)
4 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sun 7/31/16 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 104 49
   ALABAMA/CLEMSON (NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP)
5 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sun 7/31/16 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 96 51
   ARKANSAS/MISSISSIPPI
6 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sun 7/31/16 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 92 37
   NOTRE DAME/CLEMSON
7 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sat 7/30/16 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 91 43
   NOTRE DAME/CLEMSON
8 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sat 7/30/16 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 90 38
   MIAMI/DUKE
9 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sun 7/31/16 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 87 44
   
10 TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEAR Sat 7/30/16 4:00 AM 6:00 AM 86 35
   ALABAMA/MISSISSIPPI
13 AMATEUR SOFTBALL (live) Fri 7/29/16 7:30 PM 9:30 PM 76 15
   PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH U-18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
25 AMATEUR SOFTBALL (live) Fri 7/29/16 10:30 PM 12:30 AM 44 18
   PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH U-18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is up +45 percent (74,000 vs. 51,000) from one week earlier and down -30 percent (74,000 vs. 105,000) from the same week one year ago (July 27-August 2, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up +29 percent (45,000 vs. 35,000) from one week earlier and down -17 percent (45,000 vs. 54,000) from the same week one year ago (July 27-August 2, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “The Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, July 25-26): 17,000 (8,000 adults 18-49)
  • “ESPN Studio” (ESPNU, July 25-26): 14,000 (5,000 adults 18-49)

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

About Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci is a contributor to Programming Insider and blogger at Son of the Bronx.