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ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS Thu 5/12/16 8:27 PM 10:59 PM 5229 2627
   WEST SEMIS GAME 6: SAN ANTONIO/OKLAHOMA CITY
2 NBA PLAYOFFS Fri 5/13/16 8:04 PM 10:38 PM 3735 1815
   EAST SEMIS GAME 6: TORONTO/MIAMI
3 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Thu 5/12/16 10:59 PM 12:00 AM 2383 1319
   
4 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Fri 5/13/16 10:38 PM 12:00 AM 1724 993
   
5 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 5/15/16 8:00 PM 11:10 PM 1671 602
   ST. LOUIS/LA DODGERS
6 NBA PRE-GAME SHOW Thu 5/12/16 7:30 PM 8:27 PM 1178 593
   NBA COUNTDOWN
7 SPORTSCENTER 12AM (live) Thu 5/12/16 12:00 AM 1:00 AM 1063 607
   
8 SPORTSCENTER 12AM (live) Fri 5/13/16 12:00 AM 1:00 AM 953 596
   
9 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Sun 5/15/16 11:10 PM 12:40 AM 919 475
   
10 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Tue 5/10/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 865 415
   
11 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sat 5/14/16 9:32 PM 11:00 PM 844 461
   30 FOR 30: BELIEVELAND
14 NBA PRE-GAME SHOW Fri 5/13/16 7:00 PM 8:04 PM 812 474
   
18 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 5/15/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 725 335
   
20 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT Wed 5/11/16 7:00 PM 10:30 PM 662 262
   KANSAS CITY/NY YANKEES
25 MLB MONDAY NIGHT Mon 5/09/16 7:00 PM 10:08 PM 591 222
   DETROIT/WASHINGTON
26 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/14/16 5:00 PM 7:17 PM 587 223
   LSU/AUBURN
27 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 5/15/16 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 583 289
   
29 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 5/15/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 560 305
   
41 WNBA BASKETBALL (live) Sat 5/14/16 7:30 PM 9:32 PM 505 146
   PHOENX MER/MINNESOTA LYNX
46 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/14/16 2:01 PM 4:25 PM 486 192
   NOTRE DAME/FLORIDA STATE
47 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/14/16 12:00 PM 2:01 PM 484 199
   SOUTH FLORIDA/TULSA
131 INVICTUS GAMES (live) Tue 5/10/16 7:00 PM 8:30 PM 276 159
   DAY 2
144 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 5/15/16 3:30 PM 6:00 PM 224 123
   KANSAS CITY/ORLANDO

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is up +4 percent (1.708 million vs. 1.644 million) from one week earlier and down -21 percent (1.708 million vs. 2.159 million) from the same week one year ago (May 11-17, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down -14 percent (600,000 vs. 695,000) from one week earlier and down -29 percent (600,000 vs. 848,000) from the same week one year ago (May 11-17, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “Outside the Lines” (ESPN, May 9-13): 272,000 (169,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, May 9-13): 283,000 (169,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, May 9-13): 337,000 (196,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, May 9-13): 349,000 (215,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, May 9-13): 380,000 (233,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, May 9-13): 472,000 (289,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, May 9-13): 537,000 (295,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, May 9-13): 805,000 (427,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN, May 9 & 11): 352,000 (150,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 9-13 7 a.m.): 363,000 (201,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 9-13 8 a.m.): 332,000 (189,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 9-13 9 a.m.): 332,000 (194,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 9-13 & 15 6 p.m.): 477,000 (280,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 9-15 11 p.m.): 975,000 (542,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, May 9-14 midnight): 600,000 (351,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, May 9-14 1 a.m.): 467,000 (273,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sat 5/14/16 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 425 244
   30 FOR 30: BAD BOYS
2 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sun 5/15/16 1:30 PM 3:00 PM 409 201
   30 FOR 30: 9.79
3 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 5/10/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 382 258
   
4 FIRST TAKE (live) Thu 5/12/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 376 229
   
5 FIRST TAKE (live) Wed 5/11/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 368 237
   
6 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sat 5/14/16 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 354 191
   30 FOR 30: JORDAN RIDES THE BUS
7 FIRST TAKE (live) Fri 5/13/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 337 211
   
8 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sun 5/15/16 12:00 PM 1:30 PM 334 192
   30 FOR 30: BELIEVELAND
9 FIRST TAKE (live) Mon 5/09/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 323 193
   
10 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND Sun 5/15/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 321 139
   
38 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 5/15/16 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 219 95
   
44 KICKBOXING Sun 5/15/16 9:00 PM 11:00 PM 209 77
   
50 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 5/15/16 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 186 92
   
55 PRE-DRAFT CAMPS Fri 5/13/16 3:00 PM 7:00 PM 170 101
   NBA DRAFT COMBINE
62 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 5/14/16 4:00 PM 7:04 PM 164 44
   VANDERBILT/FLORIDA
71 PRE-DRAFT CAMPS Thu 5/12/16 3:00 PM 7:00 PM 148 77
   NBA DRAFT COMBINE
75 INVICTUS GAMES Wed 5/11/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 146 71
   DAY 3
81 TRACK & FIELD Sun 5/15/16 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 140 62
   CAYMAN ISLANDS INVITATIONAL
84 BASSMASTERS Sun 5/15/16 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 139 70
   BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
86 INVICTUS GAMES (live) Thu 5/12/16 7:00 PM 10:34 PM 131 67
   CLOSING CEREMONY
87 INVICTUS GAMES (live) Mon 5/09/16 7:00 PM 8:30 PM 129 46
   DAY 1
99 INVICTUS GAMES Tue 5/10/16 11:00 PM 12:30 AM 113 72
   DAY 2
100 X GAMES Sun 5/15/16 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 112 57
   REAL STREET 2016
115 BASSMASTERS Sun 5/15/16 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 89 48
   BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
118 INVICTUS GAMES Mon 5/09/16 10:30 PM 12:00 AM 81 37
   DAY 1
126 INVICTUS GAMES Wed 5/11/16 11:00 PM 12:00 AM 74 31
   DAY 3
127 ANTHOLOGY Wed 5/11/16 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 72 33
   RISE UP: SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is up +2 percent (146,000 vs. 143,000) from one week earlier and down -41 percent (146,000 vs. 246,000) from the same week one year ago (May 11-17, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is up +2 percent (191,000 vs. 187,000) from one week earlier and down -9 percent (191,000 vs. 211,000) from the same week one year ago (May 11-17, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, May 9-13): 246,000 (129,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (mornings live)” (ESPN2, May 9-13): 357,000 (226,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers” (ESPN2, May 9-13): 284,000 (193,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, May 9 & 11): 83,000 (41,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, May 9-13): 87,000 (49,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby (late night)” (ESPN2, May 9-13): 76,000 (47,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sun 5/15/16 7:30 PM 9:40 PM 204 110
   ALBANY/SYRACUSE
2 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 5/13/16 6:14 PM 8:20 PM 183 32
   AUBURN/FLORIDA
3 SPORTSCENTERU Fri 5/13/16 5:48 PM 6:14 PM 161 32
   
4 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 5/13/16 3:06 PM 5:48 PM 148 31
   LSU/TENNESSEE
5 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sun 5/15/16 5:15 PM 7:30 PM 131 69
   NAVY/YALE
6 ESPNU SELECTION SPECIAL (live) Sun 5/15/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 109 55
   NCAA DIV I SOFTBALL SELECTION
7 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Thu 5/12/16 7:30 PM 10:33 PM 106 31
   KENTUCKY/OLE MISS
8 NCAA STUDIO UPDATE (live) Sun 5/15/16 5:06 PM 5:15 PM 104 48
   
9 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sun 5/15/16 3:00 PM 5:06 PM 99 47
   TOWSON/DENVER
10 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON Sat 5/14/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 96 28
   AUBURN/FLORIDA
12 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Fri 5/13/16 11:59 AM 2:41 PM 81 23
   ALABAMA/AUBURN
13 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sat 5/14/16 5:00 PM 7:15 PM 75 28
   JOHNS HOPKINS/BROWN
14 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Fri 5/13/16 8:20 PM 9:22 PM 72 16
   OKLAHOMA/OKLAHOMA STATE
15 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sat 5/14/16 12:00 PM 2:16 PM 69 25
   DUKE/LOYOLA (MD)
18 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sat 5/14/16 7:30 PM 9:44 PM 61 19
   AIR FORCE/NOTRE DAME
19 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sun 5/15/16 12:32 PM 2:43 PM 60 25
   TBA
22 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Sat 5/14/16 2:30 PM 4:38 PM 52 20
   NORTH CAROLINA/MARQUETTE
28 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Mon 5/09/16 7:00 PM 10:06 PM 45 22
   MIAMI (FL)/GEORGIA TECH
30 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 5/14/16 10:00 PM 1:16 AM 44 23
   OREGON/OREGON STATE
38 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Tue 5/10/16 5:00 PM 8:18 PM 36 10
   LOUISVILLE/VANDERBILT
44 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Fri 5/13/16 10:30 PM 2:09 AM 33 14
   OREGON/OREGON STATE

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is up +55 percent (68,000 vs. 44,000) from one week earlier and down -39 percent (68,000 vs. 111,000) from the same week one year ago (May 11-17, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up +46 percent (41,000 vs. 28,000) from one week earlier and down -20 percent (41,000 vs. 51,000) from the same week one year ago (May 11-17, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, May 9-13): 35,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenterU” (ESPNU, May 12-14): 27,000 (13,000 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.