Intentional Talk to Debut May 1 on ESPN2, Continue to Air on MLB Network As part of a new collaborative effort between ESPN and MLB Network, the two entities today announced that ESPN will add MLB Network’s popular studio program Intentional Talk to its afternoon lineup starting Monday, May 1. The year-round, weekday show will … Read More
The 2017 NBA Playoffs on ESPN and ABC continued to deliver metered market ratings increases in the second weekend of action. The seven weekend games from April 21-23 delivered a 2.7 average metered market rating, up 13 percent from last season’s second playoff weekend, a 2.4, according to Nielsen. Additionally, the seven games generated an average minute audience of 95,000 streaming viewers, 359,000 average unique viewers, 15,017,000 average minutes streamed and 104 million total minutes streamed (across seven games), which are all first-round streaming records.
ABC’s Most-Watched NBA Playoffs Opening Weekend Game Ever: Total Live Audience of 6,624,000 Viewers for Golden State-Portland Game 1
ABC’s broadcast of the Golden State Warriors’ Game 1 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday generated a total live audience (television + streaming) of 6,624,000 average viewers, making it ABC’s most-watched NBA Playoffs opening weekend game ever, according to Nielsen. It was up 22 percent from the corresponding game last year (Cleveland-Detroit Game 1), which averaged 5,436,000 total live viewers.
ABC & ESPN Combine to Carry up to 44 Postseason Games Culminating with the NBA Finals
ESPN Offers Second-Screen Option “The NBA Sidecast” for Oklahoma City Thunder-Milwaukee Bucks Telecast
On, Tuesday, April 4, ESPN will offer viewers The NBA Sidecast – a unique second-screen experience on ESPN3 and the ESPN app during ESPN’s Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks telecast. The NBA Sidecast will include Rachel Nichols, host of ESPN’s The Jump, and ESPN NBA Insiders and True Hoop contributors Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan and Tom Haberstroh, who will provide live, … Read More
ESPN today announced that Michelle Beadle has been named the full-time host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. In this role, Beadle will lead the company’s NBA pre-game and halftime shows, including for the NBA Finals on ABC. She will also host ESPN’s and ABC’s studio coverage throughout the NBA Playoffs, which includes ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals.
ESPN’s exclusive MLB Opening Night telecast, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the company’s most-watched Opening Night game ever, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. It delivered an average total live audience (television + streaming) of 3,707,000 average viewers, up 26 percent from 2,947,000 total live viewers for last year’s New York Mets-Kansas City Royals World Series rematch.
MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.
Wednesday’s Golden State Warriors-San Antonio Spurs telecast on ESPN, a possible Western Conference Finals preview, delivered a 1.9 metered market rating, making it the best NBA overnight rating on ESPN this season, excluding Christmas. The telecast peaked with a 2.2 rating at both 11:15 and 11:45 p.m. ET.
ESPN will exclusively televise the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball from Williamsport, Pa. – site of the Little League World Series – on Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET. The MLB Little League Classic will feature the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a special regular-season game, which will celebrate youth baseball and support MLB’s PLAY BALL initiative.
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