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Ratings News and Notes

Following the New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins game on Monday, Dec. 11, “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt” on ESPN averaged a 2.2 U.S. household rating and 3.23 million viewers. It was the largest post-MNF audience and the highest rating of the season for Van Pelt. (Source: ESPN)

The New York Knicks’ 113-109 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN Tuesday, Dec. 12 drew 1.78 million viewers. This represented a 31 percent increase in total viewership from the comparable year-ago game, Timberwolves at Bulls (1.35 million from Dec. 13, 2016). Even more impressive was that it also jumped 51 percent among adults 18-49 year-to-year (998,000 vs. 660,000). ESPN reported that the Dec. 12 telecast generated a 3.8 local rating in the New York TV market, which is the largest mark for a Knicks game on ESPN since April 2016.

ESPN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

Week of Dec. 11-17, 2017
ESPN ratings for December 4-10, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is up 12.94 percent (2,750,000 vs. 2,435,000) from one week earlier and up 3.66 percent (2,750,000 vs. 2,653,000) from the same week one year ago (December 12-18, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is up 6.03 percent (932,000 vs. 879,000) from one week earlier and down 1.58 percent (932,000 vs. 947,000) from the same week one year ago (December 12-18, 2016).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “First Take” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15 10 a.m.): 440,000 (241,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15): 328,000 (173,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15): 385,000 (189,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, Dec. 12-15): 421,000 (237,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Dec. 12-15): 418,000 (241,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15): 528,000 (270,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15): 571,000 (259,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15): 857,000 (386,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 11-12 & 14-15 7 a.m.): 348,000 (200,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15 8 a.m.): 343,000 (189,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15 9 a.m.): 354,000 (200,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 11-15 noon): 353,000 (204,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 12-15 6 p.m.): 570,000 (324,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 16-17 11 p.m.): 487,000 (248,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Dec. 11-13, 15 & 17 midnight): 1,380,000 (764,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Dec. 12-17 1 a.m.): 579,000 (342,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

Week of Dec. 11-17, 2017
ESPN2 ratings for December 4-10, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is down 22.36 percent (375,000 vs. 483,000) from one week earlier and down 8.09 percent (375,000 vs. 408,000) from the same week one year ago (December 12-18, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is down 19.48 percent (186,000 vs. 231,000) from one week earlier and down 22.82 percent (186,000 vs. 241,000) from the same week one year ago (December 12-18, 2016).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Golic & Wingo” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-15): 168,000 (69,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN2, Dec. 12-13): 93,000 (30,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Network’s Intentional Talk” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-13 & 15): 58,000 (26,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Paul Finebaum Show” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-15): 104,000 (48,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Daily Fantasy Football” (ESPN2, Dec. 12-15 afternoon): 90,000 (45,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-13): 95,000 (46,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-15 late night): 85,000 (45,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Nacion ESPN” (ESPN2, late Dec. 14): 75,000 (36,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN2, Dec. 11): 121,000 (44,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN2, Dec. 11): 165,000 (72,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-15 10 a.m.): 104,000 (48,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Dec. 11-15 11 a.m.): 123,000 (60,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU Top 25 (and Select) Programs

Week of Dec. 11-17, 2017
ESPNU ratings for December 4-10, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is down 29.32 percent (94,000 vs. 133,000) from one week earlier and down 40.13 percent (94,000 vs. 157,000) from the same week one year ago (December 12-18, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is down 12.07 percent (51,000 vs. 58,000) from one week earlier and down 22.73 percent (51,000 vs. 66,000) from the same week one year ago (December 12-18, 2016).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “The Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Dec. 11-15): 23,000 (14,000 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.

  • DipShep

    Le Batard’s ratings do not bode well for Golic & Wingo’s ratings when they move to ESPNU next month.

  • bibliomaine

    “The Six” continues to disappoint. 40% of the total audience watching PTI (two old men talking) turns off at six; even limiting it to the 18-49 demo, the drop off at Six is more than 15%. This could be a pre-Christmas issue. Need to compare it with year-ago numbers.

  • Doug, the tables are from the previous week.