NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Since 2018





NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Since 2018
The ABC broadcast averaged 6,805,000 viewers, up 19 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 3, and up 71 percent from 2020, according to Nielsen.
[via press release from ESPN]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Since 2018

· Saturday’s Miami Heat Victory Over the Boston Celtics Averaged 6,805,000 Viewers, Peaking with 8,773,000 Viewers

· Up 19 Percent From 2021; Up 71 Percent From 2020

· Most-Watched Program Across all of Television for May 21

ABC’s coverage of NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 on May 21, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics, was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 since 2018. The ABC broadcast averaged 6,805,000 viewers, up 19 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 3, and up 71 percent from 2020, according to Nielsen. The broadcast peaked with 8,773,000 viewers at 11 p.m. ET.

Game 3 was the most-watched program across all of television for May 21 and the most-watched program across all key demos, including P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34; M18-49 and M25-54.

In the Miami market, Game 3 averaged an 8.9 rating, making it the highest-rated Heat game of the 2022 NBA Playoffs thus far. In the Boston market, Game 3 averaged a 12.1 rating.

The NBA Countdown pregame show for Game 3 averaged 2,414,000 viewers, making it the second-most watched episode of the show during the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals continues with Game 5 on Wednesday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. NBA Countdown precedes the game at 8 p.m.

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More than 2 Million Watch ESPN’s PGA Championship Second Round Coverage





More than 2 Million Watch ESPN’s PGA Championship Second Round Coverage
The second round telecast, which aired from 2- 8 p.m. ET, averaged 2.1 million viewers, peaking at 2.6 million at 7:15 p.m.
[via press release from ESPN]
More than 2 Million Watch ESPN’s PGA Championship Second Round Coverage

Second Round Earns Largest Audience Since 2009

First Hour of Joe Buck/Michael Collins Alternate Telecast Attracts 691,000 Viewers, Up from Debut

With Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and eventual tournament runner-up Will Zalatoris among the golf stars in action on the course, more than two million viewers watched ESPN’s live coverage of the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, May 20, from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

The second round telecast, which aired from 2- 8 p.m. ET, averaged 2.1 million viewers, peaking at 2.6 million at 7:15 p.m. The average viewership was up 47 percent from the second round of last year’s tournament from Kiawah Island, S.C., which averaged 1.4 million viewers. It marked the largest second-round audience for the PGA Championship since 2.4 million watched on TNT in 2009.

The audience increased from the first round on Thursday, May 19, which averaged 1.5 million viewers, the largest first-round viewership for the tournament in 20 years.

Viewership increased for the second day of the new alternate telecast hosted by Joe Buck and Michael Collins as it averaged 691,000 viewers for the 1-2 p.m. hour on ESPN, up from the 684,000 average for its debut during the first round on Thursday, May 19. The alternate telecast averaged 105,000 viewers between 2-5 p.m. on ESPN2, up from the average of 96,000 on Thursday.

Since ESPN’s return to live coverage of the PGA Championship in 2020 after a 30-year absence, ESPN and ESPN+ have offered full day, first tee to last putt coverage of the first two rounds along with weekend morning viewing and more live play and viewing options for the historic tournament than it had ever had.

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ESPN’s PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years





ESPN’s PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years
The telecast, which aired from 2-8 p.m. ET, peaked at 1.7 million viewers at 4:45 p.m.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN’s PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years

Average Audience of 1.5 Million is Largest Since 2002 – Peaks at 1.7 Million

Alternate Telecast with Joe Buck, Michael Collins and Guests averages 684,000 Viewers in First Hour

ESPN’s live telecast of the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday, May 19, from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., averaged 1.5 million viewers, the largest first-round viewership for the tournament in 20 years.

The telecast, which aired from 2-8 p.m. ET, peaked at 1.7 million viewers at 4:45 p.m. The average viewership was up 23 percent from the first round of last year’s tournament from Kiawah Island, S.C., which averaged 1.2 million viewers. The audience was the largest since TNT’s first round telecast in 2002 averaged 1.8 million viewers

The debut of the new alternate telecast hosted by Joe Buck and Michael Collins averaged 684,000 viewers in its first hour on ESPN (1-2 p.m. ET), which was an 80 percent increase in viewership for the one-hour timeslot prior to PGA Championship coverage last year. The alternate telecast averaged 96,000 viewers between 2-5 p.m. on ESPN2.

Top reported local markets for the Thursday’s full telecast with metered market rating:
Las Vegas 1.4
Atlanta 1.3
Phoenix 1.3
Jacksonville 1.2
Boston 1.2
Orlando 1.1
Washington, DC 1.1
Pittsburgh 1.0
Charlotte 1.0
Greensboro 1.0

Streaming coverage of Featured Holes and Featured Groups (highlighted by the Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth group) during the first round on ESPN+ led to the most-viewed day of PGA Championship play ever on the industry-leading sports streaming service.

ESPN’s PGA Championship coverage continues Saturday and Sunday with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on ESPN+ (8 a.m.) and ESPN (10 a.m.). ESPN+ also will have Featured Groups and Featured Holes streams all day.

The alternate telecast with Buck, Collins and guests will air both Saturday and Sunday from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN and ESPN+ and from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN+.

In addition, SportsCenter and ESPN.com will report from the PGA Championship throughout the weekend.

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NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018





NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018
The ESPN telecast averaged 6,049,000 viewers, peaking with 6,878,000 viewers at 9:30 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018

Boston Celtics Convincing Win Over Miami Heat Averages 6,049,000 Viewers, Up 59 Percent From Last Year

ESPN Wins the Night Across All of Television; Most-Watched NBA Countdown Show in Four Years

Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Boston Celtics convincingly defeated the Miami Heat 127-102 was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 since 2018, according to Nielsen. The ESPN telecast averaged 6,049,000 viewers, peaking with 6,878,000 viewers at 9:30 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s coverage of Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 was up 59 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. The game propelled ESPN to win the night across all of television and in all key demos: P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34; M18-49; M25-54.

Game 2 generated a 12.6 rating in the Boston market and a 7.5 rating in the Miami market.

In addition, Thursday’s edition of the NBA Countdown pregame show was the most-watched in four years on ESPN. The show generated an average audience of 1,873,000 viewers, the most since the pregame show for the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The series continues with Game 3 on Saturday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m. as the Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat at TD Garden. The series is tied 1-1.

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NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018





NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018
The ESPN telecast averaged 6,070,000 viewers, peaking with 6,914,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018

Miami Heat Victory Over Boston Celtics Averages 6,070,000 Viewers, Up 13 Percent From 2021

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 118-107, was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 since 2018, according to Nielsen. The ESPN telecast averaged 6,070,000 viewers, peaking with 6,914,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s coverage of Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 was up 13 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. In Boston, Game 1 generated a 14.0 rating, making it the highest-rated Conference Finals game in the market since Game 7 in 2018. In Miami, Game 1 delivered an 8.2 rating.

The series continues with Game 2 on Thursday, May 19, at 8:30 p.m. ET as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics.

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ESPN+ Expands “Peyton’s Places” Franchise with New Hosts





ESPN+ Expands “Peyton’s Places” Franchise with New Hosts Sue Bird, John McEnroe and P.K. Subban
Plus: “Peyton’s Places” renewed for third season; and “Eli’s Places” returning for its second season.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN+ Expands Peyton’s Places Franchise with New Hosts Sue Bird, John McEnroe and P.K. Subban

Peyton’s Places renewed for third season; Eli’s Places returning for its second season

At the Walt Disney Company Upfront presentation today, Peyton Manning announced the second expansion of the popular Places Universe on ESPN+ through 2024.

The Emmy-nominated series returns with three new sports each hosted by a legend from that sport. Sue’s Places will hit the hardwood exploring college basketball with 2-Time NCAA Champion Sue Bird serving as host. P.K.’s Places will take the ice and explore the NHL with 3-Time All-Star P.K. Subban. McEnroe’s Places will serve up stories from tennis with 17-Time Grand Slam Champion John McEnroe. Additionally, Eli’s Places will return for a second season and Peyton’s Places will return for a third season.

“The Places franchise is all about giving fans an inside look at their favorite sport so we are excited to be adding such incredible teammates as the Places Universe continues to expand,” said Peyton. “Sue, P.K. and John will all bring a unique and colorful perspective to their sport’s history as they give viewers a look at some of their favorite places.”

The Places Universe is produced by NFL Films in collaboration with ESPN+. The series is executive produced by Omaha Productions, along with the other shows in the Places Universe: Peyton’s Places (football), Eli’s Places (college football), Abby’s Places (soccer), Rowdy’s Places (competitive fighting), Big Papi’s Places (baseball), and Vince’s Places (basketball).

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 22.3 million subscribers.

Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu w/ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu w/o ads). Subscribers to Hulu + Live TV also receive ESPN+ at no additional cost.

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ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens





ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens
No team in NFL history has boasted, bullied or brandished as much bravado as the 2000-2001 Baltimore Ravens.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Announces 30 for 30 Documentary on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens

Film to be co-directed by NFL Films’ Ken Rodgers and Jason Weber

ESPN Films today announced that production has started on a 30 for 30 documentary that will take viewers inside of the world of one of the most notorious football teams to ever play the game. No team in NFL history has boasted, bullied or brandished as much bravado as the 2000-2001 Baltimore Ravens. The rest of the NFL hated the Ravens but no one could say a thing, because they couldn’t beat them on the field, especially facing, arguably, the greatest defense ever. Luckily for sports fans, their full-throated reign coincided perfectly with the rise of the “reality television” era via Hard Knocks.

The documentary will be co-directed by Ken Rodgers (“The Tuck Rule,” “The Two Bills,” “Al Davis vs. The NFL”) and Jason Weber (“NFL 100,” “The Way Up: Chris Long & The Waterboys”), produced by Erik Powers (“Deion’s Double Play”), and executive produced by ESPN Films in association with NFL Films.

Further details will be announced at a later date.

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ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on “The Black Widow” Pool Legend Jeanette Lee





ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on “The Black Widow” Pool Legend Jeanette Lee
Lee is better known as the Black Widow, a persona more intriguing and deadly than the moniker itself.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Announces 30 for 30 Documentary on “The Black Widow” Pool Legend Jeanette Lee

Film is directed by Ursula Liang, executive produced by ESPN Films in Association with Words + Pictures

ESPN Films today announced that production has started on a 30 for 30 documentary on professional pool player Jeanette Lee, with Ursula Liang (“9-Man,” “Down a Dark Stairwell”) on board to direct and Cora Atkinson (“Summer of Soul”) producing. Lee is better known as the Black Widow, a persona more intriguing and deadly than the moniker itself. She is an Asian-American icon and top billiards player who brought strength, sex appeal and skill to pool halls around the world. After dominating the 90s and early 2000s and her recent cancer diagnosis, Jeanette Lee looks back on her storied career and opens up about her life and legacy like never before.

The documentary will be executive produced by ESPN Films in association with Words + Pictures, founded in early 2021 by Connor Schell.

From Words + Pictures, Schell and Libby Geist are executive producing. This is the second collaboration between ESPN Films and Words + Pictures as part of an ongoing deal between the two companies. Phil de Picciotto, Jason Weichelt and Tom George are also serving as executive producers.

Further details will be announced at a later date.

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Major Matchups and Rivalry Games on ABC Highlight ESPN’s Early Season College Football Schedule





Major Matchups and Rivalry Games on ABC Highlight ESPN’s Early Season College Football Schedule – “College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” Kicks Off 2022 at Notre Dame-Ohio State
All of the Power 5 conferences are represented in this initial schedule of six ABC games featuring classic college football rivals and top-tier showdowns at neutral sites.
[via press release from ESPN]
Major Matchups and Rivalry Games on ABC Highlight ESPN’s Early Season College Football Schedule – College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Kicks Off 2022 at Notre Dame-Ohio State

· Trio of High-Profile Matchups Highlights Labor Day Weekend on ABC, Sept. 3-4

· College GameDay Makes Its 21st Trip to Columbus – Fighting Irish at Buckeyes in Week 1

· Texas and Oklahoma’s Red River Rivalry Returns to ABC, Oct. 8

· Day After Thanksgiving Features Sunshine State Showdown in Primetime, the First ABC Primetime Game on Thanksgiving Friday

ESPN’s industry-leading presentation of college football is primed for center stage again this fall with blockbuster matchups featuring many of the sport’s biggest names and greatest rivalries kicking off the early-season 2022 schedule. All of the Power 5 conferences are represented in this initial schedule of six ABC games featuring classic college football rivals and top-tier showdowns at neutral sites.

Marquee Matchups, Big College Football Brands Launch Labor Day Weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 3, defending national champion Georgia kicks off its season on slightly neutral ground – in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – against Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). While the teams have only met once previously, there will be plenty of familiar faces for new Oregon head coach Dan Lanning, the defensive coordinator who helped lead the Bulldogs’ top-ranked defense to their first College Football Playoff trophy in January alongside former boss Kirby Smart.

On ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One, Notre Dame treks to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes under the lights of The Shoe (7:30 p.m., ABC). Two of the most storied and iconic brands in the sport have met six times previously, with the Buckeyes carrying a four-game win streak since 1995. The Fighting Irish’s first-year head coach Marcus Freeman returns to Ohio State where he was a standout linebacker for the Buckeyes.

In the morning, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will be in Columbus to celebrate the start of another college football campaign. Hosted by Rece Davis and featuring former Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, this will be GameDay’s first on-campus show of the 2022 season and its 21st visit all time to Columbus – more than any other city. Entering its 36th season this fall, the premier three-hour pregame show airs from 9 a.m. – noon on ESPN and ESPNU.

The Labor Day Sunday night showdown (Sept. 4) on ABC is the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff, as Florida State and LSU – under new head coach Brian Kelly – look to win big in the Big Easy. This will be the 10th meeting all time between the Seminoles and Tigers, but their first since 1991.

Ohio State Welcomes Wisconsin for Big Ten Battle in Week 4

On September 24, Wisconsin travels to Columbus to take on Big Ten rival Ohio State on ABC. The Badgers and Buckeyes have met three times for the Big Ten Football Championship, though they have not played each other in the regular season since 2019. The time for this marquee conference contest will be announced at a later date.

Red River Rivalry Returns to ABC in Week 6

The fifth-longest rivalry in college football history resumes October 8 on ABC (time TBD), as Texas and Oklahoma clash at the Cotton Bowl in the AT&T Red River Showdown. Last year in Dallas, the Sooners overcame a 21-point deficit in a thrilling 55-48 comeback win. In all, the margin of victory in seven of the past 10 Red River games has been a touchdown or less.

Sunshine State Showdown Set for Thanksgiving Friday Tussle

For the first time ever, ABC will broadcast a Thanksgiving Friday college football game in primetime. The Florida-Florida State rivalry game the day after Thanksgiving is set for the spotlight, as the Gators and Noles battle for the Florida Cup under the lights in Tallahassee on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

In total, five of ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 teams are featured in this first round of games revealed during Tuesday’s Disney Advertising Upfront.

The first three weeks of ESPN’s 2022 college football schedule, all special date games and ESPN’s Bowl Season schedule will be unveiled on Thursday, May 26.

Schedules are subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

Select Marquee 2022 College Football Games on ESPN Networks

Day/Week Time (ET) Matchup Network

Sat, Sep 3 (Week 1) 3:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff (Atlanta, Ga.) Georgia vs. Oregon ABC

Sat, Sep 3 (Week 1) 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Ohio State ABC

Sun, Sep 4 (Week 1) 7:30 p.m. Allstate Louisiana Kickoff (New Orleans) Florida State vs. LSU ABC

Sat, Sep 24 (Week 4) TBD Wisconsin at Ohio State ABC

Sat, Oct 8 (Week 6) TBD AT&T Red River Showdown (Dallas, Texas) Texas vs. Oklahoma ABC

Fri, Nov 25 (Week 13) 7:30 p.m. Florida at Florida State ABC

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Boston Celtics Game 7 Victory Over Milwaukee Bucks on ABC Is Most-Watched





Boston Celtics Game 7 Victory Over Milwaukee Bucks on ABC Is Most-Watched Eastern Conference Semifinals Game in 10 Years: Average Audience of 7,481,000 Viewers
The broadcast averaged 7,481,000 viewers, peaking with 9,559,000 viewers at 6 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
Boston Celtics Game 7 Victory Over Milwaukee Bucks on ABC is Most-Watched Eastern Conference Semifinals Game in 10 Years: Average Audience of 7,481,000 Viewers

· Broadcast Peaked with 9,559,000 Viewers

· NBA Playoffs Across ESPN and ABC Up 25 Percent from Last Year

The Boston Celtics victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 on ABC this past Sunday is the most-watched NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals game in 10 years, dating back to 2012, according to Nielsen. The broadcast averaged 7,481,000 viewers, peaking with 9,559,000 viewers at 6 p.m. ET.

Game 7 generated the largest television audience of the day for May 15 and the most-watched program among key demos, including P18-49, P25-54 and M25-54. Sunday’s edition of the NBA Countdown pregame show averaged 1,625,000 viewers, making it the most-watched afternoon edition of the show during this year’s NBA Playoffs.

Through the first two rounds, the NBA Playoffs across ESPN and ABC are averaging 4,573,000 viewers (25 games), up 25 percent from 2021.

ESPN’s coverage of the 2022 NBA Playoffs continues tonight, May 17, with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery will precede the telecast at 8 p.m.

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