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ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/26/16 8:15 PM 11:37 PM 8047 3980
   ATLANTA/NEW ORLEANS
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Fri 9/30/16 8:55 PM 12:15 AM 3333 1467
   STANFORD/WASHINGTON
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 10/01/16 7:05 PM 10:21 PM 3190 1213
   KENTUCKY/ALABAMA
4 SPORTSCENTER (live) Mon 9/26/16 11:37 PM 1:00 AM 2650 1632
   
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON (live) Sat 10/01/16 12:00 PM 3:40 PM 2104 843
   NOTRE DAME/SYRACUSE
6 COLLEGE GAMEDAY (live) Sat 10/01/16 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 1828 948
   
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON (live) Sat 10/01/16 3:40 PM 7:05 PM 1743 692
   NORTH CAROLINA/FLORIDA STATE
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (live) Sat 10/01/16 10:21 PM 10:36 PM 1442 566
   
9 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN (live) Mon 9/26/16 6:00 PM 8:15 PM 1434 733
   
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Thu 9/29/16 7:55 PM 11:15 PM 1421 585
   CONNECTICUT/HOUSTON
13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 10/01/16 10:36 PM 2:06 AM 1027 429
   ARIZONA/UCLA
18 NFL COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 10/02/16 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 817 410
   
26 NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY (live) Sun 10/02/16 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 708 402
   
46 NFL MATCH-UP Sat 10/01/16 4:07 AM 4:37 AM 513 295
   
47 POKER Sun 10/02/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 506 173
   2016 WSOP
50 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY (live) Tue 9/27/16 8:00 PM 10:42 PM 494 277
   EUROPE/CANADA
60 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT – LATE (live) Wed 9/28/16 10:08 PM 1:13 AM 463 212
   COLORADO/SAN FRANCISCO
63 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT – EARLY (live) Wed 9/28/16 7:00 PM 10:08 PM 451 193
   CLEVELAND/DETROIT
66 POKER Sun 10/02/16 8:30 PM 10:00 PM 435 140
   2016 WSOP
110 WC OF HOCKEY STUDIO (live) Tue 9/27/16 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 304 192
   
113 FANTASY FOOTBALL KICKOFF (live) Tue 9/27/16 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 301 180
   
139 WNBA PLAYOFFS (live) Sun 10/02/16 5:06 PM 7:06 PM 243 74
   MINNESOTA/PHOENIX
147 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 10/02/16 1:00 PM 3:05 PM 220 121
   ORLANDO CITY/MONTREAL
150 WNBA PLAYOFFS (live) Sun 10/02/16 3:05 PM 5:06 PM 178 72
   LA SPARKS/CHICAGO

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is down -32 percent (2,249,000 vs. 3,320,000) from one week earlier and down -26 percent (2,249,000 vs. 3,045,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down -19 percent (860,000 vs. 1,057,000) from one week earlier and down -21 percent (860,000 vs. 1,083,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN, Sep. 27-30): 268,000 (154,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN, Sep. 27-30): 280,000 (162,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30): 358,000 (199,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30): 399,000 (213,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30): 427,000 (236,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30): 467,000 (272,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30): 551,000 (303,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30): 797,000 (411,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30 7 a.m.): 337,000 (186,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30 8 a.m.): 354,000 (194,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Sep. 26-30 9 a.m.): 328,000 (194,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Sep. 27-30 & Oct. 2 6 p.m.): 475,000 (245,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Sep. 27, 29 & Oct. 2 11 p.m.): 574,000 (316,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Sep. 27 & 29-30 midnight): 725,000 (396,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Sep. 27-30 & Oct. 2 1 a.m.): 547,000 (321,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON (live) Sat 10/01/16 3:30 PM 6:41 PM 1146 409
   ILLINOIS/NEBRASKA
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON (live) Sat 10/01/16 12:00 PM 3:08 PM 1040 444
   MIAMI/GEORGIA TECH
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (live) Sat 10/01/16 3:08 PM 3:30 PM 975 379
   
4 MLB POST SEASON IMPACT (live) Tue 9/27/16 7:00 PM 10:20 PM 616 222
   BOSTON/NY YANKEES
5 MLB POST SEASON IMPACT (live) Fri 9/30/16 7:35 PM 11:01 PM 584 191
   TORONTO/BOSTON
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Fri 9/30/16 11:01 PM 2:07 AM 579 239
   TOLEDO/BYU
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 10/01/16 7:00 PM 10:28 PM 566 206
   MEMPHIS/OLE MISS
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (live) Sat 10/01/16 6:41 PM 7:00 PM 560 185
   
9 BASEBALL TONIGHT (live) Tue 9/27/16 10:20 PM 11:00 PM 396 175
   
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 10/01/16 10:28 PM 2:02 AM 358 127
   UTAH STATE/BOISE STATE
18 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY (live) Thu 9/29/16 8:00 PM 10:56 PM 296 144
   EUROPE/CANADA
28 FANTASY SHOW (live) Sun 10/02/16 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 255 143
   
40 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 10/02/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 222 99
   
46 UEFA CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE SOCCER (live) Wed 9/28/16 2:30 PM 4:45 PM 211 119
   ATLETICO MADRID/BAYERN MUNICH
61 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WEEKEND Sun 10/02/16 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 186 81
   
94 WC OF HOCKEY STUDIO (live) Thu 9/29/16 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 118 66
   
107 UEFA CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE SOCCER (live) Tue 9/27/16 2:30 PM 4:46 PM 90 48
   AS MONACO/BAYER LEVERKUSEN
116 WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 10/02/16 1:30 PM 3:06 PM 73 21
   MINNESOTA/PURDUE

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is up +44 percent (384,000 vs. 266,000) from one week earlier and down -53 percent (384,000 vs. 819,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is down -1 percent (266,000 vs. 268,000) from one week earlier and down -26 percent (266,000 vs. 360,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Sep. 26-30): 299,000 (148,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (live)” (ESPN2, Sep. 26-30): 321,000 (187,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers (live)” (ESPN2, Sep. 26-30): 223,000 (140,000 adults 18-49)
  • “ESPN FC (live)” (ESPN2, Sep. 27-28): 123,000 (70,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, Sep. 26-30 & Oct. 2): 153,000 (75,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby” (ESPN2, Sep. 28-30): 73,000 (42,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Best of Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Sep. 27-29): 93,000 (46,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN2, Sep. 26): 126,000 (61,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN2, Sep. 26): 168,000 (108,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN2, Sep. 28): 213,000 (112,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Nacion ESPN” (ESPN2, Sep. 26): 103,000 (55,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON (live) Sat 10/01/16 3:29 PM 7:00 PM 545 223
   KANSAS STATE/WEST VIRGINIA
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON (live) Sat 10/01/16 12:00 PM 3:29 PM 539 190
   NORTHWESTERN/IOWA
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUNDAY Sun 10/02/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 238 84
   
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD Sun 10/02/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 191 70
   COLLEGE FOOTBALL FINAL
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUNDAY (live) Sun 10/02/16 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 158 50
   
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 10/01/16 7:00 PM 10:20 PM 144 40
   SOUTH FLORIDA/CINCINNATI
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPEAT Tue 9/27/16 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 139 38
   ARKANSAS/TEXAS A&M
8 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL (live) Fri 9/30/16 10:00 PM 1:25 AM 134 59
   ST. THOMAS AQUINAS/BISHOP GORMAN
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 10/01/16 10:20 PM 1:42 AM 131 50
   WYOMING/COLORADO STATE
10 CFB DAILY (live) Thu 9/29/16 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 101 47
   
21 NCAA FOOTBALL (live) Thu 9/29/16 7:30 PM 11:15 PM 73 25
   HAMPTON/NORTH CAROLINA A&T
29 WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 9/28/16 7:00 PM 9:16 PM 60 21
   TEXAS/OKLAHOMA
33 WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Tue 9/27/16 10:00 PM 12:15 AM 57 20
   SAN DIEGO/LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
38 RUSSILLO AND KANELL (live) Thu 9/29/16 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 54 29
   
80 WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 9/28/16 9:16 PM 11:34 PM 32 8
   TENNESSEE/SOUTH CAROLINA
87 WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 10/02/16 3:28 PM 5:05 PM 29 17
   OKLAHOMA/WEST VIRGINIA
89 WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 10/02/16 1:00 PM 3:28 PM 28 18
   NORTH CAROLINA/VIRGINIA

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is up +7 percent (80,000 vs. 75,000) from one week earlier and down -46 percent (80,000 vs. 149,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up +19 percent (76,000 vs. 64,000) from one week earlier and up +3 percent (76,000 vs. 74,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Sep. 26-30): 48,000 (37,000 adults 18-49)
  • “CFB Daily” (ESPNU, Sep. 26-27 & 29-30): 62,000 (28,000 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.