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



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.

Show Network Day Time Viewers (000)
FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Tue 10:00A-12:00P 495
FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Fri 10:00A-12:00P 448
FANTASY SHOW   L ESP2 Sun 11:00A-01:00P 439
FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Mon 10:00A-12:00P 438
FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Thu 10:00A-12:00P 419
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   L ESP2 Mon 12:00P-01:00P 395
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   L ESP2 Tue 12:00P-01:00P 375
FIRST TAKE   L ESP2 Wed 10:00A-12:00P 332
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN L ESP2 Tue 08:00A-10:00A 319
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   L ESP2 Fri 12:00P-01:00P 306
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   L ESP2 Thu 12:00P-01:00P 293
FIRST TAKE ESP2 Thu 01:00P-03:00P 287
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN L ESP2 Fri 06:00A-10:00A 285
FIRST TAKE ESP2 Tue 01:00P-03:00P 272
NUMBERS NEVER LIE   L ESP2 Wed 12:00P-01:00P 270
COLINS NEW FTBL SHOW L ESP2 Sun 09:00A-10:00A 269
SPORTSNATION        L ESP2 Tue 03:00P-04:00P 268
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN L ESP2 Thu 06:00A-10:00A 247
FIRST TAKE ESP2 Mon 01:00P-02:00P 237
FIRST TAKE ESP2 Wed 01:00P-02:25P 230
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN L ESP2 Mon 06:00A-10:00A 228
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN L ESP2 Wed 06:00A-10:00A 210
E:60 ESP2 Thu 05:00A-06:00A 207
OTL SPECIAL   L ESP2 Tue 07:00P-08:00P 200
YOU HERD ME WITH COLIN ESP2 Mon 04:30P-05:00P 195
MIKE AND MIKES NFL RANK ESP2 Wed 12:30A-01:00A 176
OLBERMANN  L ESP2 Mon 05:00P-05:30P 173
SPORTSNATION        L ESP2 Mon 03:00P-04:00P 173
SPORTSNATION ESP2 Wed 06:00P-06:30P 168
YOU HERD ME WITH COLIN ESP2 Tue 04:30P-05:00P 161
OLBERMANN  L ESP2 Tue 05:00P-05:30P 155
FIRST TAKE ESP2 Fri 01:00P-02:30P 146
OTL SPECIAL ESP2 Tue 02:44A-03:30A 143
OLBERMANN  L ESP2 Wed 05:00P-05:30P 134
OLBERMANN  L ESP2 Fri 05:01P-05:30P 125
OTL – FIRST REPORT   L ESP2 Mon 05:30P-06:00P 117
OTL – FIRST REPORT   L ESP2 Tue 05:30P-06:00P 108
OTL – FIRST REPORT   L ESP2 Fri 05:30P-06:00P 90
OLBERMANN  L ESP2 Thu 05:00P-05:30P 87
OTL – FIRST REPORT   L ESP2 Wed 05:30P-06:00P 86
OTL – FIRST REPORT   L ESP2 Thu 05:30P-06:00P 60

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