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ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 4/13/16 10:38 PM 1:01 AM 3649 1999
   MEMPHIS/GOLDEN STATE
2 NBA PLAYOFFS (live) Sat 4/16/16 9:52 PM 12:14 AM 3016 1648
   DALLAS/OKLAHOMA CITY GAME 1
3 NBA PLAYOFFS (live) Sat 4/16/16 6:59 PM 9:52 PM 2930 1499
   BOSTON/ATLANTA GAME 1
4 NBA PLAYOFFS (live) Sat 4/16/16 12:34 PM 3:21 PM 1936 997
   INDIANA/TORONTO GAME 1
5 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 4/17/16 8:00 PM 10:55 PM 1858 718
   SAN FRANCISCO/LA DODGERS
6 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 4/13/16 8:05 PM 10:38 PM 1793 953
   MIAMI/BOSTON
7 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Thu 4/14/16 9:00 PM 11:00 PM 1509 989
   30 FOR 30: THIS MAGIC MOMENT
8 SPORTSCENTER 12AM (live) Sat 4/16/16 12:14 AM 1:00 AM 1408 789
   
9 SPORTSCENTER 1AM (live) Wed 4/13/16 1:01 AM 3:00 AM 1354 752
   
10 SPORTSCENTER 1AM (live) Sat 4/16/16 1:00 AM 2:00 AM 1015 626
   
11 NBA PRE GAME Sat 4/16/16 12:00 PM 12:34 PM 927 563
   
16 NBA PRE GAME Wed 4/13/16 7:00 PM 8:05 PM 779 492
   NBA COUNTDOWN
20 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPRING GAME (live) Sat 4/16/16 3:21 PM 5:30 PM 751 333
   ALABAMA
23 MLB MONDAY NIGHT (live) Mon 4/11/16 7:00 PM 10:57 PM 651 292
   MIAMI/NY METS
30 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 4/17/16 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 587 331
   
31 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 4/17/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 577 303
   
42 NBA STUDIO (live) Fri 4/15/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 523 321
   SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL: THE CHASE FOR 72
47 PBA BOWLING Sun 4/17/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 490 193
   PBA LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS
49 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL (live) Thu 4/14/16 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 489 271
   SCHEDULE RELEASE SPECIAL
53 NBA STUDIO Fri 4/15/16 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 469 274
   NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW
68 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 4/17/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 438 200
   
73 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL Sat 4/16/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 414 188
   GRUDEN’S QB CAMP- DAK PRESCOTT
74 E:60 Tue 4/12/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 413 230
   
117 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL Tue 4/12/16 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 333 184
   GRUDEN’S QB CAMP- JARED GOFF
120 NFL MATCH-UP Tue 4/12/16 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 324 167
   
138 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL Tue 4/12/16 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 288 168
   GRUDEN’S QB CAMP- CARSON WENTZ
148 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 4/17/16 3:30 PM 6:00 PM 229 117
   ORLANDO/NEW ENGLAND

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is up +7 percent (1.428 million vs. 1.336 million) from one week earlier and up +22 percent (1.428 million vs. 1.168 million) from the same week one year ago (April 13-19, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down -6 percent (676,000 vs. 721,000) from one week earlier and up +13 percent (676,000 vs. 599,000) from the same week one year ago (April 13-19, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “Outside the Lines” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 293,000 (182,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 321,000 (193,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 375,000 (224,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 346,000 (213,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 389,000 (244,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 490,000 (309,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 547,000 (319,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15): 838,000 (431,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15 7 a.m.): 419,000 (255,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15 8 a.m.): 398,000 (235,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 11-15 9 a.m.): 348,000 (213,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 11-17 6 p.m.): 520,000 (304,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 11-12, 14-15 & 17 11 p.m.): 567,000 (330,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Apr. 11-12 & 14-16 midnight): 660,000 (395,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Apr. 11-16 1 a.m.): 768,000 (446,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 4/13/16 10:24 PM 1:13 AM 3465 2211
   UTAH/LA LAKERS
2 NBA TONIGHT (live) Wed 4/13/16 1:20 AM 2:30 AM 1395 928
   
3 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT Wed 4/13/16 7:00 PM 10:24 PM 520 202
   BALTIMORE/BOSTON
4 FIRST TAKE (live) Thu 4/14/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 511 339
   
5 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Fri 4/15/16 11:00 PM 1:00 AM 428 265
   30 FOR 30: THIS MAGIC MOMENT
6 FIRST TAKE (live) Wed 4/13/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 395 255
   
7 MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNING (live) Thu 4/14/16 6:00 AM 10:00 AM 366 198
   
8 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 4/12/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 342 203
   
9 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Mon 4/11/16 11:00 PM 12:00 AM 333 206
   30 FOR 30: JORDAN RIDES THE BUS
10 FIRST TAKE (live) Mon 4/11/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 325 183
   
15 NBA COAST TO COAST (live) Mon 4/11/16 8:00 PM 10:00 PM 292 164
   
24 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (live) Fri 4/15/16 8:00 PM 10:00 PM 255 123
   JORDAN ALL-AMERICAN CLASSIC
25 WNBA PREVIEW/REVIEW (live) Thu 4/14/16 7:00 PM 8:07 PM 254 120
   WNBA DRAFT
32 COLLEGE BOWLING Sun 4/17/16 6:34 PM 8:32 PM 237 78
   NCAA BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP
40 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 4/16/16 3:23 PM 5:34 PM 219 46
   TEXAS/OKLAHOMA
42 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL (live) Thu 4/14/16 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 216 100
   SC SCHEDULE RELEASE SPECIAL
47 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 4/16/16 1:00 PM 3:23 PM 207 50
   TENNESSEE/GEORGIA
48 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 4/17/16 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 206 111
   
66 NBA PLAYOFFS (live) Sat 4/16/16 9:44 PM 10:03 PM 169 96
   DALLAS/OKLAHOMA CITY GAME 1
83 BILLIARDS INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Sat 4/16/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 156 63
   WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE
85 ARENA FOOTBALL (live) Sun 4/17/16 4:00 PM 6:34 PM 155 67
   PORTLAND/PHILADELPHIA
88 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 4/17/16 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 153 72
   
114 KICKBOXING Sat 4/16/16 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 118 39
   
119 ESPORTS Sat 4/16/16 1:30 AM 2:30 AM 105 80
   HEROES OF THE DORM: TOURNAMENT RECAP
122 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sun 4/17/16 12:00 PM 2:09 PM 98 51
   DUKE/VIRGINIA

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is down -2 percent (317,000 vs. 324,000) from one week earlier and up +31 percent (317,000 vs. 242,000) from the same week one year ago (April 13-19, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is up +30 percent (279,000 vs. 215,000) from one week earlier and up +48 percent (279,000 vs. 189,000) from the same week one year ago (April 13-19, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Apr. 11-15): 277,000 (137,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (mornings live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 11-15): 368,000 (227,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers” (ESPN2, Apr. 11-15): 268,000 (176,000 adults 18-49)
  • “ESPN FC” (ESPN2, Apr. 17): 98,000 (30,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 11 & 13): 147,000 (91,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 11-13 & 16): 694,000 (452,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby (late night)” (ESPN2, Apr. 11 & 14-15): 151,000 (98,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 4/17/16 12:00 PM 2:02 PM 163 43
   MISSOURI/KENTUCKY
2 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sun 4/17/16 2:02 PM 5:01 PM 150 38
   LSU/MISSOURI
3 WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (live) Sat 4/16/16 9:21 PM 11:32 PM 143 57
   NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPRING GAME (live) Sat 4/16/16 4:00 PM 6:19 PM 134 49
   GEORGIA
5 COLLEGE BOWLING (live) Sat 4/16/16 6:30 PM 9:21 PM 131 35
   WOMEN’S BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP
6 WNBA DRAFT (live) Thu 4/14/16 8:00 PM 9:12 PM 105 39
   
7 E:60 Sat 4/16/16 6:19 PM 6:30 PM 96 42
   FRIDAY NIGHT LIES
8 WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (live) Fri 4/15/16 8:00 PM 10:49 PM 83 35
   NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
9 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Mon 4/11/16 10:00 PM 12:00 AM 71 37
   30 FOR 30: FANTASTIC LIES
10 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Thu 4/14/16 9:12 PM 12:00 AM 69 34
   FLORIDA/ARKANSAS
12 COLLEGE LACROSSE Sun 4/17/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 62 29
   NORTH CAROLINA/SYRACUSE
13 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Wed 4/13/16 7:01 PM 10:37 PM 56 17
   NORTH CAROLINA/SOUTH CAROLINA
15 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Mon 4/11/16 7:00 PM 9:48 PM 44 15
   WAKE FOREST/NORTH CAROLINA STATE
17 SIGNING DAY SPECIAL (live) Wed 4/13/16 5:30 PM 7:01 PM 42 16
   
18 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPRING GAME (live) Sat 4/16/16 12:00 PM 2:01 PM 40 18
   MISSISSIPPI STATE
20 NBA D LEAGUE (live) Sun 4/17/16 6:00 PM 8:30 PM 38 15
   CANTON/SIOUX FALLS
22 WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (live) Fri 4/15/16 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 36 12
   NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
26 NBA D LEAGUE (live) Tue 4/12/16 7:00 PM 9:35 PM 32 17
   SIOUX FALLS/CANTON
29 NBA D LEAGUE (live) Sun 4/17/16 8:30 PM 10:31 PM 30 10
   LOS ANGELES/AUSTIN
40 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (live) Sat 4/16/16 2:01 PM 3:39 PM 25 11
   PSA CARDINALS (NY)/CALIFORNIA SUPREME
42 CHEERLEADING Sun 4/17/16 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 24 12
   NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHEER CHAMPIONSHIPS – COED
58 NBA D LEAGUE (live) Tue 4/12/16 9:35 PM 12:00 AM 17 7
   LOS ANGELES/RENO
117 COLLEGE LACROSSE Mon 4/11/16 6:00 AM 7:00 AM 3 2
   DUKE/NOTRE DAME

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is up +28 percent (69,000 vs. 54,000) from one week earlier and down -1 percent (69,000 vs. 70,000) from the same week one year ago (April 13-19, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up +17 percent (34,000 vs. 29,000) from one week earlier and up +6 percent (34,000 vs. 32,000) from the same week one year ago (April 13-19, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Apr. 11-15): 30,000 (17,000 adults 18-49)
  • “CFB Daily” (ESPNU, Apr. 12): 36,000 (14,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenterU” (ESPNU, Apr. 11 & 16): 27,000 (16,000 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.