ESPN2’s sports talk shows for the week of November 10-16, 2014

 

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First Take took 4 of the top 5 spots with Sunday’s Fantasy Show taking the other.  First Take has plenty of haters, but…if numbers never lie (as opposed to His & Hers which was formerly Numbers Never Lie and still listed as such in the table below)…

Besides the relatively great viewership, First Take has something else going for it: its live telecast chews up two hours with the encore chewing up another two with relatively decent numbers. Shows averaging 400K over two hours is more valuable than a show averaging 400K for 30 minutes to an hour.

Besides being on the deuce, Olbermann and OTL have an additional hill to climb.  Olbermann goes head-to-head with the mothership’s second most-watched talker Around the Horn, and OTL faces off directly against  ESPN’s top talker Pardon The Interruption. But I think this gives both shows some freedom to focus on whatever they want regardless of ratings. In recent days Olbermann has started the show with topics ranging from NHL to soccer to horse racing.

Here’s the viewership data for ESPN2’s talk shows for last week. Actual sporting events, SportsCenters and repeats of talkers from ESPN (like PTI and Around the Horn) have been stripped out.

ShowNetworkDayTimeViewers (000)
FIRST TAKE   LESP2Tue10:00A-12:00P495
FIRST TAKE   LESP2Fri10:00A-12:00P448
FANTASY SHOW   LESP2Sun11:00A-01:00P439
FIRST TAKE   LESP2Mon10:00A-12:00P438
FIRST TAKE   LESP2Thu10:00A-12:00P419
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   LESP2Mon12:00P-01:00P395
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   LESP2Tue12:00P-01:00P375
FIRST TAKE   LESP2Wed10:00A-12:00P332
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEESP2Mon04:00P-04:30P331
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN LESP2Tue08:00A-10:00A319
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   LESP2Fri12:00P-01:00P306
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   LESP2Thu12:00P-01:00P293
FIRST TAKEESP2Thu01:00P-03:00P287
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN LESP2Fri06:00A-10:00A285
FIRST TAKEESP2Tue01:00P-03:00P272
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   LESP2Wed12:00P-01:00P270
COLINS NEW FTBL SHOW LESP2Sun09:00A-10:00A269
SPORTSNATION        LESP2Tue03:00P-04:00P268
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEESP2Tue04:00P-04:30P258
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN LESP2Thu06:00A-10:00A247
FIRST TAKEESP2Mon01:00P-02:00P237
FIRST TAKEESP2Wed01:00P-02:25P230
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN LESP2Mon06:00A-10:00A228
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN LESP2Wed06:00A-10:00A210
E:60ESP2Thu05:00A-06:00A207
OTL SPECIAL   LESP2Tue07:00P-08:00P200
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEESP2Wed04:31P-05:00P197
YOU HERD ME WITH COLINESP2Mon04:30P-05:00P195
MIKE AND MIKES NFL RANKESP2Wed12:30A-01:00A176
OLBERMANN  LESP2Mon05:00P-05:30P173
SPORTSNATION        LESP2Mon03:00P-04:00P173
SPORTSNATIONESP2Wed06:00P-06:30P168
YOU HERD ME WITH COLINESP2Tue04:30P-05:00P161
OLBERMANN  LESP2Tue05:00P-05:30P155
FIRST TAKEESP2Fri01:00P-02:30P146
OTL SPECIALESP2Tue02:44A-03:30A143
OLBERMANN  LESP2Wed05:00P-05:30P134
OLBERMANN  LESP2Fri05:01P-05:30P125
OTL – FIRST REPORT   LESP2Mon05:30P-06:00P117
OTL – FIRST REPORT   LESP2Tue05:30P-06:00P108
OTL – FIRST REPORT   LESP2Fri05:30P-06:00P90
OLBERMANN  LESP2Thu05:00P-05:30P87
OTL – FIRST REPORT   LESP2Wed05:30P-06:00P86
OTL – FIRST REPORT   LESP2Thu05:30P-06:00P60

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