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Ratings News and Notes

  • An average of 1.25 million viewers tuned in to the May 14 edition of ESPN’s hourlong Baseball Tonight: Sunday Countdown program that featured the ceremony to retire Derek Jeter’s famed jersey No. 2 at Yankee Stadium. The telecast ranked as the network’s sixth most-watched for the week of May 8-14. An additional 724,000 viewers watched the 6-7:30 p.m. special of the same event on the Yankees’ regional sports network YES Network, which marked that network’s most-watched non-game telecast ever. The ceremony itself took place at 7:15-7:30 p.m. and drew 952,000 viewers to YES. (Source: YES Network)

    Despite the early domination by the visiting Houston Astros over the New York Yankees, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball increased by 16 percent in viewership from the year-ago game Cardinals-Dodgers (1.93 million vs. 1.67 million).

  • The fourth (and final) week of professional bowling’s 2017 L.L. Bean PBA League Elias Cup (finals) on ESPN (May 14; 504,000 viewers) was down 21 percent from the year-ago PBA League Finals (May 1, 2016; 642,000 viewers) and down 25 percent from two years ago (Apr. 19, 2015; 673,000 viewers).

  • Each gsme of ESPN’s May 13 college softball tripleheader saw declines from last year:

    • Houston-Tulsa (early afternoon): 411,000 viewers (-15 percent from 484,000 of South Florida-Tulsa May 14, 2016)
    • North Carolina-Florida State (mid afternoon): 396,000 viewers (-19 percent from 486,000 of Notre Dame-Florida State May 14, 2016)
    • Ole Miss-LSU (prime time): 448,000 viewers (-24 percent from 587,000 of LSU-Auburn May 14, 2016 early evening)
  • The 2017 NCAA Div. I Women’s Softball Selection Show on ESPN2 May 14 (235,000 viewers) more than doubled the year-ago selection show (109,000 viewers on May 15, 2016) which had then aired on the lesser-available ESPNU.

  • The first round of the 2017 NCAA Div. I Men’s Lacrosse tournament on ESPNU May 13-14 averaged 67,000 viewers, down 28 percent from the year-ago first round weekend (May 14-15, 2016: 94,000).

  • The debut of the Sunday morning edition of E:60 on ESPN on May 14 drew 358,000 viewers and 206,000 adults 18-49; about one-third below the previous week’s combo of “Outside the Lines”/”Sports Reporters” (May 7, 2017: 533,000 viewers/311,000 adults 18-49) and -37 percent and -31 percent, respectively, from the year-ago “Outside the Lines”/”Sports Reporters” combo from May 15, 2016 (572,000 viewers/297,000 adults 18-49).

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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 -9 percent (1,656,000 vs. 1,818,000) from one week earlier and down -3 percent (1,656,000 vs. 1,708,000) from the same week one year ago (May 9-15, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down -21 percent (569,000 vs. 722,000) from one week earlier and down -5 percent (569,000 vs. 600,000) from the same week one year ago (May 9-15, 2016).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “First Take” (ESPN, May 8-12): 403,000 (222,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, May 8-12): 307,000 (183,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, May 8-13): 305,000 (178,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, May 8-12): 314,000 (183,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, May 8-12): 320,000 (220,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, May 8-12): 407,000 (239,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, May 8-12): 468,000 (261,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, May 8-12): 694,000 (343,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 8-12 7 a.m.): 316,000 (189,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 8-12 8 a.m.): 291,000 (178,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 8-12 9 a.m.): 282,000 (163,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SC6 with Michael and Jemele” (ESPN, May 8-12 6 p.m.): 458,000 (277,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 8-12 11 p.m.): 1,107,000 (619,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 8-12 midnight): 582,000 (355,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, May 8-12 1 a.m.): 455,000 (292,000 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 -10 percent (138,000 vs. 154,000) from one week earlier and down -5 percent (138,000 vs. 146,000) from the same week one year ago (May 9-15, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is down -9 percent (125,000 vs. 137,000) from one week earlier and down -35 percent (125,000 vs. 191,000) from the same week one year ago (May 9-15, 2016).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, May 8-12): 219,000 (112,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Le Batard Show (live)” (ESPN2, May 8-12): 79,000 (50,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Network’s Intentional Talk” (ESPN2, May 8-10): 75,000 (44,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Nacion ESPN” (ESPN2, May 8 5 p.m.): 42,000 (27,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby” (ESPN2, May 10-12): 78,000 (47,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Best of Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, May 9): 105,000 (44,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, May 8-12 10 a.m.): 125,000 (72,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, May 8-12 11 a.m.): 116,000 (65,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN2, May 9 & 12 7 p.m.): 135,000 (74,000 adults 18-49)

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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 even (46,000 vs. 46,000) from one week earlier and down -32 percent (46,000 vs. 68,000) from the same week one year ago (May 9-15, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up +23 percent (27,000 vs. 22,000) from one week earlier and down -34 percent (27,000 vs. 41,000) from the same week one year ago (May 9-15, 2016).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, May 8-12): 21,000 (15,000 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.

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    Would you please steal the numbers for the 6p Sportscenter and write that up? Thanks