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Ratings News and Notes

  • ESPN’s live coverage of the first two rounds of The Masters golf tournament in the afternoons of Apr. 6-7 averaged 2.37 million viewers and 596,000 adults 18-49 — down 13 percent and down 16 percent, respectively, from the first two Masters rounds on ESPN from Apr. 7, 2016 (2,73 million/707,000 adults 18-49). Prime time reruns of Rounds 1-2 on the same dates fell year-to-year by 22 percent in total viewers (754,000 vs. 966,000) and 28 percent among adults 18-49 (277,000 vs. 385,000).
  • Overall, the 2017 NCAA Div. I Men’s Hockey Frozen Four on ESPN2 Apr. 6 and on ESPN Apr. 8 was down from 2016:
    • The early Frozen Four tilt on Apr. 6, “Harvard vs. Minnesota Duluth” was the lone college hockey game to see a viewer increase from 2016: up 28 percent in total viewers (178,000 vs. 138,000 of Boston College-Quinnipiac on Apr. 7, 2016). However, there was a decline among adults 18-49 (-11 percent: 59,000 vs. 66,000).
    • The nightcap of the Frozen Four on Apr. 6, “Notre Dame vs. Denver” was down a hefty 57 percent in viewers (155,000 vs. 361,000) and down 49 percent among adults 18-49 (75,000 vs. 149,000), compared to Denver-North Dakota on Apr. 7, 2016.
    • The Championship on ESPN on Apr. 8, “Minnesota Duluth vs. Denver” drew 467,000 viewers and 198,000 adults 18-49, down 14 percent and up 5 percent, respectively from Quinnipiac-North Dakota which aired on ESPN2 on Apr. 9, 2016. Minnesota Duluth-Denver marked a six-year low in total viewers for a Frozen Four championship game.
  • Ups and dows for coverage of MLB Opening Day on ESPN Apr. 3:
    • San Diego at L.A. Dodgers” in the late afternoon was down 25 percent in total viewers (679,000 vs. 903,000) and down 21 percent among adults 18-49 (315,000 vs. 401,000) from last year (Seattle-Texas, 4/4/16).
    • The prime time game of “Cleveland at Texas” showed significant gains from the year-ago’s L.A. Dodgers-San Diego; up 26 percent in viewers (1.14 million vs. 899,000) and up 14 percent among adults 18-49 (514,000 vs. 452,000).
    • There were no games in comparable time slots from 2016 for each New York Mets game on Apr. 3 (vs. Atlanta; 626,000 viewers/269,000 adults 18-49) and on Apr. 9 (vs. Miami; 1.74 million viewers/757,000 adults 18-49).
  • With just four additional Sunday editions remaining, The Sports Reporters from Apr. 9 drew 478,000 viewers and 259,000 adults 18-49 on ESPN; -24 percent from the year-ago ESPN telecast (628,000 viewers/339,000 adults 18-49 from Apr. 10, 2016)

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ESPN Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is down -21 percent (1,164,000 vs. 1,475,000) from one week earlier and down -13 percent (1,164,000 vs. 1,336,000) from the same week one year ago (April 4-10, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down -8 percent (631,000 vs. 683,000) from one week earlier and down -12 percent (631,000 vs. 721,000) from the same week one year ago (April 4-10, 2016).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “First Take” (ESPN, Apr. 3-6): 409,000 (241,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 314,000 (178,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 349,000 (205,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 291,000 (159,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 278,000 (165,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 317,000 (183,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 413,000 (223,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 488,000 (224,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Apr. 4): 778,000 (369,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 3-7 7 a.m.): 339,000 (201,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 3-7 8 a.m.): 317,000 (200,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 3-7 9 a.m.): 295,000 (177,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SC6 with Michael and Jemele” (ESPN, Apr. 4-7 6 p.m.): 551,000 (275,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 3 & 6-7 11 p.m.): 401,000 (196,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 3 & 6-7 midnight): 480,000 (273,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Apr. 3-7 1 a.m.): 590,000 (338,000 adults 18-49)

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ESPN2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is down -58 percent (204,000 vs. 484,000) from one week earlier and down -37 percent (204,000 vs. 324,000) from the same week one year ago (April 4-10, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is down -37 percent (158,000 vs. 249,000) from one week earlier and down -27 percent (158,000 vs. 215,000) from the same week one year ago (April 4-10, 2016).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Apr. 3-7): 204,000 (98,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Le Batard Show (live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 4-5): 70,000 (37,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Nacion ESPN” (ESPN2, Mar. 27 5 p.m.): 100.000 (67,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (late night)” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5): 193,000 (98,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby (late night)” (ESPN2, Apr. 4-7): 103,000 (68,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Best of Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Apr. 6-7): 87,000 (45,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 7): 211,000 (125,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5-7): 100,000 (52,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5-7): 133,000 (71,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5-7): 184,000 (107,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5-7): 167,000 (103,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5): 271,000 (153,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around The Horn” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5): 313,000 (161,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 5): 447,000 (223,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Apr. 3-6 10 a.m.): 137,000 (73,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Apr. 3-6 11 a.m.): 112,000 (57,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Apr. 3 & 7 6 p.m.): 207,000 (124,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Apr. 3-5 & 7 prime time): 162,000 (80,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Apr. 4-5 11 p.m.): 199,000 (113,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Apr. 4-5 midnight): 207,000 (119,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is down -33 percent (40,000 vs. 60,000) from one week earlier and down -26 percent (40,000 vs. 54,000) from the same week one year ago (April 4-10, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is down -29 percent (24,000 vs. 34,000) from one week earlier and down -17 percent (24,000 vs. 29,000) from the same week one year ago (April 4-10, 2016).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Apr. 3-5): 22,000 (13,000 adults 18-49)
  • “CFB Daily (live)” (ESPNU, Apr. 4-5): 17,000 (7,000 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.

  • sportsfan365

    I streamed the Masters directly from the Masters website – as I didn’t see any need to see less coverage with more commercials and inane commentary from ESPN.