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.

DateShowNetDayTimeViewers (000)
1/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P360
1/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P398
1/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P374
1/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P350
1/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P454
1/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P361
1/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P342
1/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P411
1/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P383
1/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P292
1/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P276
1/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P433
1/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P594
1/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P413
1/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P369
1/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P318
1/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P291
1/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P412
1/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P355
1/29/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P407
1/30/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P376
1/31/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P410
2/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P545
2/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P305
2/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P400
2/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P304
2/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P278
2/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P334
2/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P284
2/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-11:00A306
2/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P334
2/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P313
2/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P346
2/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P317
2/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P304
2/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P327
2/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P310
2/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P254
2/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P303
2/26/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P279
2/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P269
2/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P247
3/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P332
3/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P325
3/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P299
3/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P282
3/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P305
3/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P322
3/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P314
3/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P284
3/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P307
3/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P398
3/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P378
3/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P288
3/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P307
3/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P302
3/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P385
3/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P358
3/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P338
3/26/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P327
3/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P388
3/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P268
3/31/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P326
4/1/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P317
4/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P280
4/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P276
4/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P330
4/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P355
4/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P370
4/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P321
4/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P345
4/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P354
4/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P387
4/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P360
4/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P357
4/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P317
4/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P370
4/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P491
4/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P355
4/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P317
4/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P333
4/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P372
4/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P610
4/29/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P531
4/30/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P458
5/1/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P394
5/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P367
5/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P382
5/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P411
5/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P532
5/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P438
5/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P439
5/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P473
5/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P352
5/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P386
5/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P576
5/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P443
5/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P446
5/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P383
5/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P323
5/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P328
5/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P344
5/26/14FIRST TAKE   LENNMon10:00A-11:16A191
5/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P355
5/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P407
5/30/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:27A-12:00P274
5/30/14FIRST TAKE   LENNFri10:00A-10:27A106
6/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:29A-12:00P314
6/2/14FIRST TAKE   LENNMon10:00A-10:33A149
6/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P301
6/4/14FIRST TAKE   LENNWed10:00A-12:00P145
6/5/14FIRST TAKE   LENNThu10:00A-11:00A115
6/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P370
6/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P425
6/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P375
6/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P320
6/12/14FIRST TAKE   LENNThu10:00A-11:00A107
6/13/14FIRST TAKE   LENNFri10:00A-11:30A222
6/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-11:30A488
6/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-11:30A329
6/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-11:30A363
6/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-11:30A314
6/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-11:30A240
7/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P368
7/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P312
7/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P350
7/10/14FIRST TAKE   LENNThu10:00A-11:00A113
7/11/14FIRST TAKE   LENNFri10:00A-12:00P105
7/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P357
7/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P321
7/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P366
7/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P369
7/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P331
7/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P223
7/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P349
7/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P345
7/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P309
7/29/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P309
7/30/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P333
7/31/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P221
8/1/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P330
8/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P267
8/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P325
8/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-11:00A367
8/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P325
8/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-11:00A347
8/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P325
8/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P436
8/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P264
8/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P319
8/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-11:00A355
8/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-11:00A331
8/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P336
8/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P348
8/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P342
8/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P348
8/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P441
8/26/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P364
8/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P372
8/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P306
8/29/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P388
9/1/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P421
9/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-11:28A372
9/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P455
9/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-11:28A395
9/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P422
9/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P582
9/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P480
9/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-11:58A359
9/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P457
9/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P416
9/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P492
9/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P452
9/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P359
9/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P346
9/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P396
9/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P450
9/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P359
9/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P306
9/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P330
9/26/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P285
9/29/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P477
9/30/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P343
10/1/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P364
10/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P375
10/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P404
10/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P459
10/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P359
10/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P392
10/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P418
10/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P319
10/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P518
10/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P454
10/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P330
10/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P323
10/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P444
10/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P494
10/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P382
10/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P403
10/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P409
10/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P434
10/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P506
10/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P393
10/29/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P402
10/30/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P388
10/31/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P366
11/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P533
11/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P509
11/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P378
11/6/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P376
11/7/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:01A-12:00P441
11/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P438
11/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P495
11/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P332
11/13/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P419
11/14/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P448
11/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P547
11/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P387
11/20/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P372
11/21/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P423
11/24/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P512
11/25/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P394
11/26/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P398
11/27/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P435
11/28/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P554
12/1/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P502
12/2/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P309
12/3/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P329
12/4/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P401
12/5/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P372
12/8/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P434
12/9/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P339
12/10/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P423
12/11/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P329
12/12/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P367
12/15/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P519
12/16/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P439
12/17/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P279
12/18/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P357
12/19/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P277
12/22/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P540
12/23/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P332
12/24/14FIRST TAKEESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P287
12/26/14FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-11:00A345

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