Big list: ‘First Take’ viewership for 2014

 

Is Skip Bayless the most powerful man at ESPN*? Of course not. But one might reasonably ask whether he’s the most powerful man at ESPN2 where First Take is usually the network’s top program aside from live sports. It beats more than a few of the live sporting events relegated to ESPN2.

*if you click the link above you have to scroll down quite a ways to the “Noise Report” to see the relevant bits on Bayless.

We considered that asking whether Skip Bayless is the most polarizing man on ESPN might be the better question, but…you know how a lot of people love the Yankees and a lot of people also love to hate the Yankees? On our Twitter stream all we can find is people who love to hate Skip Bayless and First Take.

Either there are a lot of closeted First Take lovers or enough people love to hate it that they watch it regularly. We figure it’s a bit of both and that the folks in Bristol (and Skip Bayless) are laughing all the way to the bank.

Given that we’ve already done similar postings for Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn you (especially the haters) might look at these numbers and think “haha, these numbers suck compared to PTI and ATH!!” But there are a few points to consider when looking at First Take’s ratings/viewership:

  1. It’s on ESPN2, not ESPN
  2. It’s on a 10am when there are fewer people available to watch TV
  3. It’s typically a two-hour program and it’s a lot easier to average a million people for 30 minutes than it is to do it for 120 minutes. This is perhaps too fine of an “inside baseball” point for most, but it’s a big deal.

The table below lists every First Take telecast of 2014 that began at 10am, regardless of what network it aired on. If they show had days where it aired but didn’t start around 10am (we’re not sure) it’s not in the table below.  Telecasts for the last few days of the year are also missing.

Date Show Net Day Time Viewers (000)
1/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 360
1/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 398
1/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 374
1/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 350
1/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 454
1/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 361
1/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 342
1/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 411
1/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 383
1/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 292
1/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 276
1/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 433
1/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 594
1/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 413
1/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 369
1/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 318
1/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 291
1/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 412
1/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 355
1/29/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 407
1/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 376
1/31/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 410
2/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 545
2/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 305
2/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 400
2/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 304
2/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 278
2/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 334
2/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 284
2/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-11:00A 306
2/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 334
2/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 313
2/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 346
2/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 317
2/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 304
2/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 327
2/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 310
2/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 254
2/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 303
2/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 279
2/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 269
2/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 247
3/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 332
3/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 325
3/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 299
3/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 282
3/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 305
3/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 322
3/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 314
3/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 284
3/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 307
3/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 398
3/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 378
3/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 288
3/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 307
3/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 302
3/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 385
3/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 358
3/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 338
3/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 327
3/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 388
3/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 268
3/31/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 326
4/1/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 317
4/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 280
4/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 276
4/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 330
4/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 355
4/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 370
4/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 321
4/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 345
4/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 354
4/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 387
4/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 360
4/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 357
4/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 317
4/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 370
4/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 491
4/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 355
4/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 317
4/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 333
4/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 372
4/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 610
4/29/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 531
4/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 458
5/1/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 394
5/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 367
5/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 382
5/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 411
5/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 532
5/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 438
5/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 439
5/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 473
5/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 352
5/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 386
5/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 576
5/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 443
5/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 446
5/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 383
5/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 323
5/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 328
5/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 344
5/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Mon 10:00A-11:16A 191
5/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 355
5/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 407
5/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:27A-12:00P 274
5/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Fri 10:00A-10:27A 106
6/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:29A-12:00P 314
6/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Mon 10:00A-10:33A 149
6/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 301
6/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Wed 10:00A-12:00P 145
6/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Thu 10:00A-11:00A 115
6/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 370
6/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 425
6/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 375
6/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 320
6/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Thu 10:00A-11:00A 107
6/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Fri 10:00A-11:30A 222
6/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-11:30A 488
6/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-11:30A 329
6/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-11:30A 363
6/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-11:30A 314
6/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-11:30A 240
7/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 368
7/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 312
7/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 350
7/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Thu 10:00A-11:00A 113
7/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ENN Fri 10:00A-12:00P 105
7/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 357
7/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 321
7/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 366
7/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 369
7/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 331
7/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 223
7/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 349
7/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 345
7/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 309
7/29/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 309
7/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 333
7/31/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 221
8/1/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 330
8/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 267
8/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 325
8/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-11:00A 367
8/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 325
8/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-11:00A 347
8/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 325
8/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 436
8/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 264
8/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 319
8/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-11:00A 355
8/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-11:00A 331
8/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 336
8/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 348
8/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 342
8/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 348
8/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 441
8/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 364
8/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 372
8/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 306
8/29/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 388
9/1/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 421
9/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-11:28A 372
9/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 455
9/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-11:28A 395
9/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 422
9/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 582
9/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 480
9/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-11:58A 359
9/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 457
9/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 416
9/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 492
9/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 452
9/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 359
9/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 346
9/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 396
9/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 450
9/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 359
9/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 306
9/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 330
9/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 285
9/29/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 477
9/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 343
10/1/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 364
10/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 375
10/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 404
10/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 459
10/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 359
10/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 392
10/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 418
10/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 319
10/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 518
10/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 454
10/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 330
10/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 323
10/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 444
10/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 494
10/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 382
10/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 403
10/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 409
10/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 434
10/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 506
10/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 393
10/29/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 402
10/30/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 388
10/31/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 366
11/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 533
11/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 509
11/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 378
11/6/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 376
11/7/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:01A-12:00P 441
11/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 438
11/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 495
11/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 332
11/13/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 419
11/14/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 448
11/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 547
11/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 387
11/20/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 372
11/21/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 423
11/24/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 512
11/25/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 394
11/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 398
11/27/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 435
11/28/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 554
12/1/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 502
12/2/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 309
12/3/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 329
12/4/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 401
12/5/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 372
12/8/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 434
12/9/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 339
12/10/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 423
12/11/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 329
12/12/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 367
12/15/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 519
12/16/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 439
12/17/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 279
12/18/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 357
12/19/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 277
12/22/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 540
12/23/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 332
12/24/14 FIRST TAKE ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 287
12/26/14 FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-11:00A 345

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