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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 PLAYOFFS Fri 5/06/16 9:40 PM 12:22 AM 4993 2631
   WEST SEMIS GAME 3: SAN ANTONIO/OKLAHOMA CITY
2 NBA PLAYOFFS Thu 5/05/16 8:04 PM 11:06 PM 3496 1727
   EAST SEMIS GAME 3: MIAMI/TORONTO
3 NBA PLAYOFFS Fri 5/06/16 6:59 PM 9:40 PM 3184 1558
   EAST SEMIS GAME 3: CLEVELAND/ATLANTA
4 NBA PLAYOFFS Sat 5/07/16 5:04 PM 7:47 PM 2325 1134
   EAST SEMIS GAME 4: TORONTO/MIAMI
5 SPORTSCENTER 12AM (live) Fri 5/06/16 12:22 AM 1:30 AM 2257 1346
   
6 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 5/08/16 8:00 PM 10:39 PM 1881 654
   BOSTON/NY YANKEES
7 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Thu 5/05/16 11:06 PM 12:00 AM 1725 997
   
8 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND Sat 5/07/16 7:47 PM 8:30 PM 1724 868
   
9 SPORTSCENTER 1AM (live) Fri 5/06/16 1:30 AM 2:30 AM 1228 739
   
10 SPORTSCENTER 12AM (live) Thu 5/05/16 12:00 AM 1:00 AM 958 585
   
17 NBA PRE-GAME SHOW Thu 5/05/16 7:00 PM 8:04 PM 760 420
   NBA COUNTDOWN
19 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 5/08/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 736 361
   
23 MLB MONDAY NIGHT Mon 5/02/16 7:00 PM 10:31 PM 699 272
   CHICAGO CUBS/PITTSBURGH
26 PBA BOWLING Sun 5/08/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 642 241
   PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP
30 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 5/08/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 599 329
   
33 NBA PRE-GAME SHOW Sat 5/07/16 4:29 PM 5:04 PM 585 306
   NBA COUNTDOWN
39 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT Wed 5/04/16 8:00 PM 10:59 PM 559 211
   BOSTON/CHICAGO WHITE SOX
43 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 5/08/16 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 535 295
   
50 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/07/16 12:00 PM 2:47 PM 505 243
   GEORGIA/ALABAMA
68 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/07/16 2:47 PM 4:29 PM 418 197
   TEXAS A&M/AUBURN
143 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 5/08/16 3:30 PM 6:00 PM 225 118
   LA GALAXY/NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
144 E:60 Tue 5/03/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 182 100
   

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is down -16 percent (1.644 million vs. 1.955 million) from one week earlier and up +9 percent (1.644 million vs. 1.515 million) from the same week one year ago (May 4-10, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is down -14 percent (695,000 vs. 807,000) from one week earlier and up +0.4 percent (695,000 vs. 692,000) from the same week one year ago (May 4-10, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “Outside the Lines” (ESPN, May 2-6): 271,000 (156,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, May 2-6): 298,000 (158,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, May 2-6): 360,000 (191,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, May 2-6): 371,000 (215,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, May 2-6): 421,000 (254,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, May 2-6): 500,000 (303,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, May 2-6): 549,000 (318,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, May 2-6): 810,000 (431,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 2-6 7 a.m.): 337,000 (207,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 2-6 8 a.m.): 338,000 (197,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 2-6 9 a.m.): 315,000 (185,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 2-6 & 8 6 p.m.): 491,000 (283,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, May 2-5 & 7-8 11 p.m.): 712,000 (385,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, May 2-7 midnight): 908,000 (534,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, May 2-7 1 a.m.): 643,000 (386,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 FIRST TAKE (live) Mon 5/02/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 438 289
   
2 FIRST TAKE (live) Wed 5/04/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 405 260
   
3 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 5/03/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 392 240
   
4 FIRST TAKE (live) Thu 5/05/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 360 226
   
5 HIS & HERS (live) Mon 5/02/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 305 211
   
6 MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNING (live) Tue 5/03/16 6:00 AM 10:00 AM 301 165
   
7 HIS & HERS (live) Thu 5/05/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 295 188
   
8 HIS & HERS (live) Wed 5/04/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 294 206
   
9 FIRST TAKE Mon 5/02/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 293 201
   
10 HIS & HERS (live) Tue 5/03/16 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 290 187
   
10 MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNING (live) Thu 5/05/16 6:00 AM 10:00 AM 290 155
   
30 NCAA MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT (live) Sat 5/07/16 8:10 PM 10:01 PM 218 104
   OHIO STATE/BRIGHAM YOUNG
36 BASSMASTERS Sun 5/08/16 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 202 114
   BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
43 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 5/08/16 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 191 102
   
62 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 5/08/16 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 164 97
   
65 INVICTUS GAMES (live) Sun 5/08/16 8:00 PM 11:00 PM 163 53
   OPENING CEREMONY
69 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Thu 5/05/16 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 159 64
   VANDERBILT/TEXAS A&M
71 BASSMASTERS Sun 5/08/16 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 158 88
   BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
111 BOXING Sat 5/07/16 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 120 63
   CANELO-KHAN PREVIEW
115 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/07/16 2:00 PM 5:09 PM 117 59
   TEXAS A&M/AUBURN
133 BOXING Fri 5/06/16 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 90 58
   CANELO-KHAN PREVIEW
135 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sat 5/07/16 6:00 PM 8:10 PM 87 44
   RUTGERS/MARYLAND
146 X GAMES Sun 5/08/16 11:00 PM 12:00 AM 58 36
   BEST OF X GAMES

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is down -68 percent (143,000 vs. 446,000) from one week earlier and down -28 percent (143,000 vs. 198,000) from the same week one year ago (May 4-10, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is down -25 percent (187,000 vs. 248,000) from one week earlier and down -6 percent (187,000 vs. 199,000) from the same week one year ago (May 4-10, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, May 2-6): 282,000 (148,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (mornings live)” (ESPN2, May 2-6): 374,000 (238,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers” (ESPN2, May 2-6): 282,000 (185,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, May 2 & 4): 119,000 (68,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, May 2-3 & 5-7): 133,000 (76,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby (late night)” (ESPN2, May 2-6): 117,000 (68,000 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 BASEBALL (live) Sat 5/07/16 7:30 PM 12:38 AM 109 37
   ARKANSAS/LSU
2 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON Sat 5/07/16 5:00 PM 7:00 PM 95 25
   GEORGIA/ALABAMA
2 ESPNU STUDIO Sat 5/07/16 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 95 43
   COLLEGE SOFTBALL FEATURED
4 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sun 5/08/16 3:00 PM 7:10 PM 78 24
   SOUTH CAROLINA/KENTUCKY
5 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/07/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 73 21
   ARKANSAS/FLORIDA
6 SPORTSCENTERU (live) Sat 5/07/16 12:38 AM 1:36 AM 70 34
   
7 ESPNU STUDIO Sat 5/07/16 4:46 PM 5:00 PM 66 16
   COLLEGE SOFTBALL FEATURED
8 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sun 5/08/16 12:00 PM 2:02 PM 60 28
   HARVARD/YALE
9 ESPNU SELECTION SPECIAL (live) Sun 5/08/16 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 59 14
   LACROSSE SELECTION SHOW
10 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 5/07/16 3:00 PM 4:46 PM 58 12
   SOUTH CAROLINA/MISSOURI
10 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sun 5/08/16 10:00 PM 12:00 AM 58 26
   30 FOR 30: FANTASTIC LIES
12 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Fri 5/06/16 8:00 PM 10:52 PM 54 20
   MISSOURI/MISSISSIPPI STATE
15 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sat 5/07/16 10:00 AM 12:16 PM 49 8
   VERMONT/HARTFORD
52 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Mon 5/02/16 4:00 PM 5:15 PM 17 6
   FLORIDA STATE/CLEMSON
52 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Mon 5/02/16 5:49 PM 7:39 PM 17 3
   FLORIDA STATE/CLEMSON

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is down -31 percent (44,000 vs. 64,000) from one week earlier and down -38 percent (44,000 vs. 71,000) from the same week one year ago (May 4-10, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is down -15 percent (28,000 vs. 33,000) from one week earlier and down -38 percent (28,000 vs. 45,000) from the same week one year ago (May 4-10, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, May 2-6): 29,000 (15,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenterU” (ESPNU, May 2 & 7): 54,000 (24,000 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.

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