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Ratings News and Notes

  • In the midst of the NFL and college football regular seasons and MLB postseason as well as the conclusion of the NBA preseason, several ESPN programs hit multi-week highs:

    “Pardon the Interruption” (averaging 749,000 viewers for Oct. 9-13) had its best week in total viewers since Apr. 24-28, the week of the NFL Draft (789,000 viewers average);

    “First Take” (averaging 488,000 viewers for Oct. 9-13) – best week since June 19-23, the week of the NBA Draft (514,000 viewers average);

    “NBA: The Jump” (averaging 393,000 viewers for Oct. 10-13; not counting its ESPN2 telecast on Oct. 9) – best week on solely the ESPN flagship network since Feb. 20-24, the week following the NBA All-Star Game (401,000 viewers average);

    “SportsNation” (averaging 393,000 viewers for Oct. 10-13; not counting its ESPN2 telecast on Oct. 9) – best week on solely the ESPN flagship network since June 5-9, the week of the NBA Finals (395,000 viewers average);

    “College GameDay” (1,884,000 viewers for Oct. 14) – best mark since its season premiere on Sep. 2 (2,045,000 viewers);

    “NFL Matchup” (553,000 viewers in the late night of Oct. 14/early morning of Oct. 15) – season-high mark;

    the 7 a.m. weekday “SportsCenter” (averaging 362,000 viewers for Oct. 9-13) – best week since May 22-26 (364,000 viewers average);

    the 8 a.m. weekday “SportsCenter” (averaging 340,000 viewers for Oct. 9-13) – best week since May 22-26 (346,000 viewers average)

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ESPN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

ESPN ratings for October 9-15, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is down 27 percent (2,722,000 vs. 3,744,000) from one week earlier and up 31 percent (2,722,000 vs. 2,079,000) from the same week one year ago (October 10-16, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down 7 percent (1,044,000 vs. 1,138,000) from one week earlier and up 29 percent (1,044,000 vs. 825,000) from the same week one year ago (October 10-16, 2016).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “First Take” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13 10 a.m.): 488,000 (286,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines: First Report” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13): 346,000 (193,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13): 397,000 (210,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, Oct. 10-13): 393,000 (219,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Oct. 10-13): 393,000 (224,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13): 430,000 (236,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13): 478,000 (227,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13): 749,000 (337,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Daily Fantasy Show” (ESPN, Oct. 9): 292,000 (159,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13 7 a.m.): 362,000 (214,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13 8 a.m.): 340,000 (188,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13 9 a.m.): 360,000 (209,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 9-13 noon): 400,000 (242,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 10-13 6 p.m.): 486,000 (259,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 12 11 p.m.): 149,000 (78,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Oct. 9, 11-12 & 15 midnight): 1,089,000 (588,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Oct. 9-12 & 15 1 a.m.): 503,000 (299,000 adults 18-49)

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ESPN2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

ESPN2 ratings for October 9-15, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is up 52 percent (490,000 vs. 322,000) from one week earlier and up 49 percent (490,000 vs. 329,000) from the same week one year ago (October 10-16, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is up 14 percent (220,000 vs. 193,000) from one week earlier and up 3 percent (220,000 vs. 213,000) from the same week one year ago (October 10-16, 2016).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13): 199,000 (88,000 adults 18-49)
  • “College Football Live” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13): 109,000 (49,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Network’s Intentional Talk” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13): 120,000 (74,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Paul Finebaum Show” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13): 120,000 (79,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Daily Fantasy Football” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13 5 p.m.): 95,000 (54,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight” (ESPN2, Oct. 9, 11-12 & 15): 93,000 (42,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13 late night): 85,000 (51,000 adults 18-49)
  • “ESPN FC” (ESPN2, Oct. 15): 66,000 (34,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Nacion ESPN” (ESPN2, Oct. 10 & 12): 48,000 (20,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN2, Oct. 9): 110,000 (67,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN2, Oct. 9): 125,000 (70,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13 10 a.m.): 142,000 (66,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-13 11 a.m.): 140,000 (68,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 9 6 p.m.): 116,000 (47,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 9 & 11 7 p.m.): 137,000 (69,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 13 10:14 p.m.): 141,000 (52,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 9-11 & 13 11 p.m.): 177,000 (81,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 10 & 13 midnight): 200,000 (99,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, Oct. 13 1 a.m.): 172,000 (68,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 25 (and Select) Programs

ESPNU ratings for October 9-15, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is up 15 percent (78,000 vs. 68,000) from one week earlier and down 8 percent (78,000 vs. 85,000) from the same week one year ago (October 10-16, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up 73 percent (69,000 vs. 40,000) from one week earlier and up 13 percent (69,000 vs. 61,000) from the same week one year ago (October 10-16, 2016).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “The Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Oct. 9-13): 27,000 (22,000 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.

  • Deon Hamner

    I see that ESPN boycott from the right is working…

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    While you’re stealing ratings, maybe also steal PUT levels and Shares for some context – show these bumps are more about an increase in the former than the latter