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ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs

RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS
(000)
1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Duke at Virginia Sat 6:58PM- 9:00PM 122 2.1 3489
2 NFL PRIMETIME: Super Bowl XLIX (live) Sun 10:31PM-11:35PM 64 1.4 2797
3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: North Carolina at Louisville Sat 4:10PM- 6:44PM 154 1.7 2629
4 COLLEGE GAMEDAY-BASKETBALL (live) Sat 6:44PM- 6:58PM 14 1.5 2442
5 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Sun 11:35PM- 1:03AM 88 1.2 1980
6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Syracuse at North Carolina Mon 7:00PM- 9:03PM 123 1.2 1848
7 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Kentucky at Missouri Thu 9:02PM-11:12PM 130 1.2 1755
8 NBA REGULAR SEASON: L.A. Clippers at San Antonio Sat 9:00PM-11:38PM 158 1.1 1685
9 NFL COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 10:00AM- 2:00PM 240 1.1 1618
10 NBA REGULAR SEASON: Chicago at Phoenix Fri 10:35PM- 1:04AM 149 0.9 1287
11 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Texas at Iowa State Mon 9:03PM-11:12PM 129 0.9 1232
13 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Kansas State at Kansas Sat 2:03PM- 4:10PM 127 0.8 1209
14 NBA REGULAR SEASON: Dallas at Miami Fri 8:04PM-10:35PM 151 0.9 1200
15 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Maryland at Ohio State Thu 7:00PM- 9:02PM 122 0.8 1192
17 NBA REGULAR SEASON: Brooklyn at Atlanta Wed 8:04PM-10:30PM 146 0.8 1145
18 NBA REGULAR SEASON: Washington at Phoenix Wed 10:30PM- 1:03AM 153 0.8 1142
19 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Wisconsin at Iowa Sat 12:00PM- 2:03PM 123 0.8 1129
21 PBA BOWLING: PBA Celebrity Invitational Sun 2:00PM- 4:00PM 120 0.7 1100
24 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Nebraska at Michigan Tue 7:00PM- 8:50PM 110 0.6 928
36 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Women’s Final: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova Fri 3:00AM- 5:38AM 158 0.6 805
46 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Florida at Alabama Tue 9:03PM-11:02PM 119 0.4 686
63 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s Final: Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray Sun 6:00AM- 7:25AM 85 0.5 591
71 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s Final: Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray Sat 3:00AM- 6:00AM 180 0.4 541
105 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s Semifinal Fri 6:00AM- 7:12AM 72 0.3 407
109 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN (live) Wed 3:30AM- 6:00AM 150 0.3 396
117 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s Semifinal Thu 3:30AM- 6:00AM 150 0.3 362
129 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN (live) Thu 6:00AM- 7:09AM 69 0.2 310

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is down 41 percent (1.328 million vs. 2.254 million) from one week earlier and down 36 percent (1.328 million vs. 2.078 million) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down 10 percent (793,000 vs. 886,000) from one week earlier and down 14 percent (793,000 vs. 923,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, Jan. 26-30): 479,000 (prior week: 480,000)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Jan. 26-30): 583,000 (prior week: 719,000)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Jan. 26-30): 763,000 (prior week: 793,000)
  • “Pardon the Interruption (from Glendale, Ariz.)” (ESPN, Jan. 26-30): 1.034 million (prior week: 1.051 million)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Jan. 26-30 early evening): 670,000 (prior week: 700,000)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Jan. 26-Feb. 1 late night): 1.035 million (prior week: 929,000)

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS
(000)
1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Duke at Notre Dame Wed 7:30PM- 9:32PM 122 1.2 1816
2 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Women’s Semifinals Wed 9:32PM- 2:02AM 270 0.7 980
3 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals Tue 9:27PM- 2:01AM 274 0.6 794
4 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals Mon 9:03PM- 2:00AM 297 0.5 746
5 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Women’s Final: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova (taped) Sat 9:00AM-11:00AM 120 0.5 699
6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: West Virginia at Kansas State Tue 7:00PM- 9:27PM 147 0.5 655
7 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Memphis at Gonzaga Sat 10:15PM-12:17AM 122 0.3 513
8 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Wichita State at Northern Iowa Sat 4:09PM- 6:07PM 118 0.3 507
9 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM 120 0.4 503
10 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s Final: Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray (taped) Sun 9:00AM- 1:00PM 240 0.4 499
11 BOXING SERIES: Dargan vs. Luis Fri 9:00PM-11:09PM 129 0.4 494
12 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Sat 8:05PM-10:15PM 130 0.3 490
15 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Auburn at Tennessee Sat 12:00PM- 2:20PM 140 0.3 451
16 FRIARS CLUB ROAST: Terry Bradshaw Fri 8:00PM- 9:00PM 60 0.3 437
18 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Richmond at VCU Sat 2:20PM- 4:09PM 109 0.2 382
19 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Connecticut at Cincinnati Thu 8:00PM-10:10PM 130 0.2 377
20 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Texas at Baylor Sat 6:07PM- 8:05PM 118 0.2 372
25 SPORTS REPORTERS (live) Sun 8:30AM- 9:00AM 30 0.2 346
28 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Connecticut at Temple Sun 2:00PM- 3:45PM 105 0.2 339
36 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Utah at UCLA Thu 10:10PM-12:09AM 119 0.2 303
38 NFL MATCH-UP: Super Bowl XLIX Sun 7:30AM- 8:00AM 30 0.2 299
39 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Iowa at Maryland Sun 4:03PM- 6:06PM 123 0.2 298
41 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WEEKEND Sun 8:00AM- 8:30AM 30 0.2 293
48 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Texas A&M at South Carolina Mon 7:00PM- 9:03PM 123 0.2 266
56 COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALL-STARS: 2015 Challenge Fri 6:00PM- 8:00PM 120 0.2 250
60 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals Tue 3:30AM- 6:00AM 150 0.2 243
65 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals Mon 3:00AM- 6:00AM 180 0.2 228
79 TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Round of 16 Mon 6:00AM- 8:01AM 121 0.1 176

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is up 23 percent (670,000 vs. 543,000) from one week earlier and up 95 percent (670,000 vs. 343,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is up 2 percent (356,000 vs. 350,000) from one week earlier and up 53 percent (356,000 vs. 232,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

Factoring the average viewership of the entire week’s live telecasts of tennis’ “Australian Open” on ESPN2 and ESPN, the final week of the 2015 tourney (Jan. 25 6 a.m.-Feb. 1 7:25 a.m.) saw a 2 percent rise from one year ago (576,000 vs. 564,000 for Jan. 20 6 a.m.-Jan. 26 6:45 a.m., 2014).

ESPN2’s daily talkers’ viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Jan. 26-30): 276,000 (prior week: 242,000)
  • “First Take” (ESPN2, Jan. 26-30): 374,000 (prior week: 456,000)
  • “His & Hers” (ESPN2, Jan. 26-30): 332,000 (prior week: 341,000)
  • “NBA Tonight” (ESPN2, Jan. 29-31): 175,000

ESPNU Top 10 (and Select) Programs

RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS
(000)
1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Kansas at TCU Wed 9:03PM-11:15PM 132 0.2 274
2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Tennessee at Arkansas Tue 9:22PM-11:07PM 105 0.2 258
3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Miami (Fla.) at Florida State Sun 12:30PM- 2:34PM 124 0.1 212
4 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech Tue 7:00PM- 9:22PM 142 0.1 197
5 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Texas Tech at West Virginia Sat 12:00PM- 2:13PM 133 0.1 171
6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Kent State at Buffalo Fri 10:12PM-12:01AM 109 0.1 159
7 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: TCU at Iowa State Sat 2:13PM- 4:02PM 109 0.1 147
8 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Utah at USC Sun 2:34PM- 4:33PM 119 0.1 143
9 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY: 30 For 30: Elway to Marino Sun 10:30AM-12:00PM 90 0.1 103
10 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Georgia at South Carolina Sat 4:02PM- 6:10PM 128 0.1 100
12 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Colorado State at Boise State Tue 11:07PM- 1:10AM 123 0.1 98
12 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Purdue at Northwestern Sat 6:10PM- 8:05PM 115 0.1 98
14 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: San Francisco at BYU Thu 11:30PM- 1:18AM 108 0.1 76
15 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Harvard at Princeton Fri 6:00PM- 8:04PM 124 0.1 75
17 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: South Carolina at Ole Miss Sun 4:33PM- 6:40PM 127 0.1 69
18 ALL-STAR FOOTBALL CHALLENGE Fri 12:01AM- 2:00AM 119 0.0 67
19 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: SMU at USF Wed 7:00PM- 9:03PM 123 0.0 63
20 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Stanford at Washington Wed 11:15PM- 1:16AM 121 0.1 60
27 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Monmouth at Fairfield Fri 8:04PM-10:12PM 128 0.0 53
32 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Delaware State at NC Central Mon 7:00PM- 9:07PM 127 0.0 49
37 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Dayton at Massachusetts Thu 7:00PM- 9:03PM 123 0.0 44
38 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: UCF at SMU Sat 8:05PM-10:03PM 118 0.0 43
58 WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS: Kentucky vs. Georgia Tue 4:00PM- 6:00PM 120 0.0 31
60 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: East Kentucky at Murray State Thu 9:03PM-11:30PM 147 0.0 30
80 ESPN RECRUITING NATION (live) Thu 6:00PM- 7:00PM 60 0.0 22
85 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Cal Poly at UC Davis Sat 10:03PM-12:19AM 136 0.0 20
111 KATZ’S KORNER (live) Tue 1:00PM- 2:00PM 60 0.0 9
117 WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS: Kentucky vs. Georgia Sun 6:40PM- 8:00PM 80 0.0 7

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is down 48 percent (97,000 vs. 185,000) from one week earlier and down 27 percent (97,000 vs. 132,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is down 28 percent (50,000 vs. 69,000) from one week earlier and down 26 percent (50,000 vs. 68,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

Viewership average for “The Herd” (Jan. 26-30 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) was 40,000 (prior week: 31,000), “College Football Live” (Jan. 26-30) was 43,000, and “You Herd Me with Cowherd” (Jan. 26 and 28-30 5-6 p.m.) was 26,000 (prior week: 20,000).

ESPNEWS Top 10 (and Select) Programs

RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS
(000)
1 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM (live) Sun 10:30PM-11:35PM 65 0.2 308
2 SPORTSCENTER PRIME (live) Mon 8:00PM- 9:00PM 60 0.1 205
3 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM (live) Sun 12:00PM- 1:00PM 60 0.1 199
4 SPORTSCENTER PRIME (live) Mon 9:00PM-10:00PM 60 0.1 189
5 SPORTSCENTER PRIME (live) Mon 10:00PM-11:00PM 60 0.1 180
6 SPORTSCENTER EARLY (live) Sat 6:00PM- 7:00PM 60 0.1 170
7 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Baylor at Oklahoma State Tue 9:03PM-11:00PM 117 0.1 161
7 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM (live) Sun 3:00PM- 4:00PM 60 0.1 161
7 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM (live) Sun 4:00PM- 5:00PM 60 0.1 161
10 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Wed 11:00PM-12:00AM 60 0.1 159
10 SPORTSCENTER PRIME (live) Mon 7:00PM- 8:00PM 60 0.1 159
53 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Texas Tech at Oklahoma Wed 7:30PM- 9:21PM 111 0.1 79
57 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: USF at Tulsa Sat 1:00PM- 3:15PM 135 0.0 78
97 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Tulsa at Tulane Tue 7:00PM- 9:03PM 123 0.0 54

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNEWS is up 3 percent (112,000 vs. 109,000) from one week earlier and up 10 percent (112,000 vs. 102,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNEWS is down 20 percent (68,000 vs. 85,000) from one week earlier and up 15 percent (68,000 vs. 59,000) from the same week one year ago (January 27-February 2, 2014).

For the week, ESPNEWS’s daily talkers “SVP & Russillo” (Jan. 26-30) averaged 35,000 viewers (prior week: 62,000), and “ESPN FC” (Jan. 19-23) averaged 45,000 viewers (prior week: 64,000). “Olbermann” on ESPNEWS (Jan. 28-30) averaged 52,000 viewers.

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.

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