ESPN’s 2015 MLB Season-Opening Viewership Up 48 Percent

ESPN’s 2015 Major League Baseball season-opening viewership is up 48 percent compared to 2014, according to Nielsen. Through five games – MLB Opening Night and a MLB Opening Day quadruple-header – ESPN is averaging 1,370,000 viewers (p2+) compared to 926,000 in 2014. ESPN is also up 50 percent in U.S. household rating (0.9 versus 0.6) compared to last year.

Key Demos

ESPN’s season-opening ratings are up double-digits across all key demos: 17 percent in M18-34 (0.7 versus 0.6); 17 percent in M18-49 (0.7 versus 0.6); 40 percent in M25-54 (0.7 versus 0.5); 67 percent in P18-34 (0.5 versus 0.3); 67 percent in P18-49 (0.5 versus 0.3); 67 percent in P25-54 (0.5 versus 0.3).

Opening Day

ESPN and ESPN2 combined to televise a four-game MLB Opening Day slate on Monday, April 6, which was up 21 percent in viewership compared to the company’s five-game Opening Day slate in 2014 (803,000 versus 666,000). Additionally, the composite rating for MLB Opening Day was a 0.6 (U.S household) up 20 percent versus a 0.5 (U.S. household) in 2014.

Opening Night

ESPN2’s MLB Opening Night telecast presented by Scotts – St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs – on Sunday, April 5, delivered 3,354,000 viewers and a 2.0 U.S. household rating. This is up 47 percent from 2,279,000 viewers and 43 percent from 1.4 U.S. household rating compared to Opening Night 2014 – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres.

*For more information on individual Opening Day game ratings and viewership information, please contact ESPN Communications below.

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Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_ESPN).

Tripleheader of Baseball Featuring Top 25 Teams on SEC Network; Four Teams in Spring Football Whip Around Coverage

SEC Network will air six baseball games this weekend, all featuring a Top 25 Southeastern Conference team. On Saturday, April 11, the network will air a tripleheader of games including the No. 2 team in the country, Vanderbilt, and a Top 25 matchup of No. 21 South Carolina at No. 10 Florida. Coverage will be led in-studio by analyst Ben McDonald with commentators Mike Morgan, Clay Matvick and Tom Hart alongside either Chris Burke, Kyle Peterson or Gabe Gross in the booth.

In addition, SEC Network will provide whip around coverage of spring football on the SEC Network Alternate channel from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The four hour special will have live look ins on South Carolina, Ole Miss and Georgia Spring Games, in addition to the final spring practice at Florida. Each spring football event will also air live and in full on SEC Network +.

This Weekend on SEC Network:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators   Network
Thu, Apr 9 7 p.m. No. 23 Missouri at Tennessee
Mike Morgan & Chris Burke
SEC Network
Fri, Apr 10 7 p.m. No. 23 Missouri at Tennessee
Mike Morgan & Chris Burke
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 11 noon No. 23 Missouri at Tennessee
Mike Morgan & Chris Burke
SEC Network
  Noon SEC Spring Whip Around
(USC, Fla, Ole Miss, UGA)
SEC Network Alternate
  Noon South Carolina
Garnet & Black Spring Game
Dari Nowkhah, Booger McFarland & Kaylee Hartung
SEC Network +
  12:30 p.m. Florida
Orange & Blue Debut
Adam Amin, Chris Doering & Shannon Spake
SEC Network +
  1 p.m. Ole Miss
Grove Bowl
Chris Cotter, Greg McElroy & Kayce Smith
SEC Network +
  2 p.m. Georgia
G-Day
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb & Maria Taylor
SEC Network +
  3 p.m. Ole Miss vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
SEC Network
  6 p.m. No. 21 South Carolina at No. 10 Florida
Tom Hart & Gabe Gross
SEC Network
Sun, Apr 12 Noon No. 21 South Carolina at No. 10 Florida
Tom Hart & Gabe Gross
SEC Network

 

Additional Materials:

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How to watch SEC Network +
SEC Network Channel Listings
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Florida Pro Day on SEC Network Tuesday

Top 25 Gator baseball matchup and the Orange & Blue Debut highlight network’s weekend schedule

On Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET, SEC Network will televise Florida Pro Day live. College football analyst Greg McElroy and former Gator wide receiver Chris Doering will report from on-site with SEC Network host Peter Burns and ESPN draft analyst Kevin Weidl in-studio. Twenty-one players are expected to participate. Tuesday’s special concludes SEC Network’s coverage of Southeastern Conference pro days.

Gator action continues on SEC Network with a Top 25 matchup of No. 21 South Carolina at No. 10 Florida baseball game on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at noon. In addition, the Orange & Blue Debut, Florida’s final spring practice, will air live and in full as an SEC Network + event on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com, in addition to being a part of the SEC Spring Football Whip-Around coverage airing on the SEC Network Alternate channel. Adam Amin and Doering will be on the booth in Gainesville with Shannon Spake reporting. The Orange & Blue Debut will offer the first glimpse at new head coach Jim McElwain’s 2015 team.

Date Time (ET) Program Network
Tue, Apr 7 10:30 a.m. Florida Pro Day
Peter Burns, Kevin Weidl, Greg McElroy & Chris Doering
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 11 Noon SEC Spring Football Whip-Around
(USC, Fla, Ole Miss, UGA)
SEC Network Alternate
12:30 Orange & Blue Debut
Adam Amin, Chris Doering & Shannon Spake
SEC Network +
6 p.m. Baseball: No. 21 South Carolina at No. 10 Florida
Tom Hart & Gabe Gross
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 12 Noon Baseball: No. 21 South Carolina at No. 10 Florida
Tom Hart & Gabe Gross
SEC Network

 

Additional Materials:

What is SEC Network +/ SEC Network Alternate

How to watch SEC Network +

SEC Network Channel Listings
SEC Network Spring Game Schedule

 

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ESPN2’s Exclusive MLB Opening Night Telecast is Most-Watched Since 2008

Viewership up 47% from Last Year; Biggest Regular-Season Audience for ESPN Since Aug. 2011

With 3,354,000 viewers watching on ESPN2, Major League Baseball’s Opening Night presented by Scotts (St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs) delivered a 47% increase from last year’s game (Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres – 1,614,000 viewers) and the biggest audience for an ESPN or ESPN2 MLB Opening Night Since 2008, according Fast National figures from Nielsen. The corresponding U.S. Household rating was a 2.0, up 43% from 2014 (1.4).

Additionally, viewership for the game represents the highest total for an ESPN or ESPN2 regular-season game since New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox on August 7, 2011.

On the digital front, the game had 163,000 unique viewers (an increase of 180% from last year) and 8.6 million minutes viewed (up 218%), which makes it the most-viewed regular-season MLB game ever on WatchESPN.

Opening Day on ESPN
ESPN and ESPN2 are in the midst of an MLB Opening Day quadrupleheader, which began at 1 p.m. ET with New York Yankees hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. In the second game, the New York Mets will visit the Washington Nationals at 4 p.m.  Afternoon action will be followed by a prime-time doubleheader as the Cleveland Indians visit the Houston Astros at 7 p.m. and the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

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Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_ESPN).

ESPN2’s Exclusive MLB Opening Night Telecast is Highest-Rated Since 2010

St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs Delivers 2.1 Overnight Rating, Up 40 Percent from Past Two Years

Major League Baseball’s Opening Night telecast presented by Scotts, which saw the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 at Wrigley Field, delivered a 2.1 overnight rating on ESPN2, according to Nielsen. This marks MLB’s highest-rated Opening Night in five years (since 2010) and is up 40 percent compared to Opening Night in 2014 and 2013 (1.5).

 Local success

Opening Night on ESPN2 also enjoyed significant success in local markets. In St. Louis, the telecast drew a 17.7 rating, making it the highest-rated regular-season MLB telecast on any ESPN network ever in the market. In Chicago, the game delivered a 7.6, making it the highest-rated regular-season MLB game in the market on ESPN networks in five years.

Opening Day on ESPN

On Monday, April 6, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise an MLB Opening Day quadruple header, beginning at 1 p.m. ET when the New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays. In the second game, the New York Mets will visit the Washington Nationals at 4 p.m.  Afternoon action will be followed by a prime-time doubleheader as the Cleveland Indians visit the Houston Astros at 7 p.m. and the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks at 10 p.m. on ESPN2

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Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN).

ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York estrena nuevos programas locales

DJ George Nenadich presenta música y deportes; Félix DeJesús, una de las voces en español de los Yankees, es el anfitrión de El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas; y todas las noticias y análisis de los equipos locales en Resumen Final

ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York estrena tres nuevos programas deportivos encabezados por talento local y con un enfoque en los equipos favoritos de Nueva York.  Los nuevos programas apoyan a los esfuerzos de la cadena para atender mejor al aficionado de deportes hispanohablante en Nueva York y complementar aún más el contenido integral proporcionado por la cadena ESPN Deportes Radio, inclusive los programas nacionales de deportes ya establecidos y los más de 300 eventos deportivos en vivo que tienen lugar durante todo el año.

La nueva programación en vivo de ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York incluye:

  • Fusión 1050: Con el DJ George Nenadich fungiendo de anfitrión junto a José Luis Urena, este dinámico talk show combina el mundo de los deportes y música para ofrecer a los fans información y comentarios únicos que giran en torno a noticias deportivas de la actualidad, con invitados especiales. El programa, que sale en el aire los sábados de 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. debutó el mes pasado y ha presentado a personajes célebres de los sectores de la música y de los deportes tales como Bachata Heights, Tony Dize y Frankie Negrón.  Invitados en el futuro próximo incluirán a Bernie Williams, Rubén Blades, Jerry Rivera, Jorge Posada y muchos más.
  • El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas: Dedicado a cubrir las noticias de las Grandes Ligas de Béisbol, el neoyorquino de nacimiento Félix DeJesús, una de las voces en español de los Yankees, proporciona una vista a toda la acción de las Grandes Ligas de Béisbol que se espera durante cada semana.  Los oyentes pueden sintonizar todos los domingos de 7 a 8:00 p.m., comenzando este domingo, 5 de abril.
  • Resumen Final: Este programa de alta energía que ofrece la cobertura más completa de equipos locales tendrá como anfitriones a un equipo de comentaristas deportivos experimentados tales como Nestor Rosario, una de las voces más versátiles en el radio deportivo local; Santiago Dolcine, experto en béisbol de Grandes Ligas y la NBA; y DeJesús. El programa, que se transmitirá entre semana de 10:30 p.m. a 12:00 a.m., ofrecerá entrevistas, resúmenes y análisis de los jugadores hispanos más destacados.  El programa se estrena el próximo lunes, 6 de abril.

Los programas complementan la ya establecida programación de estudio local que incluye a Firma ESPN (de lunes a viernes; 7:00 a 10:00 a.m.) y Zona ESPN NY (de lunes a viernes; 2:00  a 4 p.m.), encabezada por varias de las personalidades más conocidas de ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Enrique Rojas, Carolina Guillén, Sebastián Christensen y Jorge Ebro.

ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York hizo su debut en septiembre de 2012.  Desde entonces, la estación ha crecido para convertirse en el destino deportivo de los oyentes de habla española en el área metropolitana de Nueva York y hogar, en español, para algunos de los equipos favoritos de Nueva York, entre ellos los New York Mets y los Jets.

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ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York Debuts New Talk Shows

DJ George Nenadich talks music and sports; Felix DeJesus, the Spanish-language voice of the Yankees hosts El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas; and all the news and analysis from local teams on Resumen Final

ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York debuts three new sports talk shows led by local talent with a focus on New York’s favorite teams. The new offerings support the network’s efforts to better serve the New York Hispanic sports fan and further complement the comprehensive content provided by ESPN Deportes Radio network, including the established national sports shows and the more than 300 live sports events throughout the year.

ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York’s new live programming:

  • Fusion 1050: Hosted by DJ George Nenadich alongside Jose Luis Urena, the dynamic talk show combines the world of sports and music to offer fans unique highlights and commentary around current sports news with special guests. The show, airing Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., launched last month and has already featured recognized music and sports personalities such as Bachata Heights, Tony Dize, and Frankie Negron. Upcoming guests include Bernie Williams, Ruben Blades, Jerry Rivera, Jorge Posada, and many others.
  • El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas: Dedicated to covering MLB news, native New Yorker and the Spanish-language voice for the Yankees Felix DeJesus provides a preview of all MLB action for the week ahead. Listeners can tune-in every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. E.T. starting this Sunday, April 5.
  • Resumen Final: The high-energy show offering the most complete coverage of local teams is hosted by a team of experienced sports narrators: one of the most versatile local sports radio voices Nestor Rosario; MLB and NBA expert, Santiago Dolcine; and DeJesus. Airing on weekdays from 10:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. E.T., the show will provide post-game interviews and top list of Latin players. The show debuts on Monday, April 6.

The shows complement the already established local studio programming that includes Firma ESPN (weekdays; 7-10am) and Zona ESPN NY (weekdays; 2-4pm), led by some of the most recognized ESPN Deportes personalities: Ernesto Jerez, Enrique Rojas, Carolina Guillen, Sebastian Christensen and Jorge Ebro.

ESPN Deportes Radio 1050AM New York launched in September, 2012. Since then, the station has grown to become the sports destination for Hispanic listeners across greater New York area, and the Spanish-language audio home of some of NY’s favorite teams including NY Mets and the Jets.

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ESPN 2015 Sunday Night Baseball Schedule Update

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates 7/12; Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7/19

Trout, Ortiz, McCutchen, Heyward on Baseball’s Biggest Stage

ESPN announced today its game selections for the July 12 and July 19 editions of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. On July 12, the St. Louis Cardinals and new addition Jason Heyward will visit the Pittsburgh Pirates and perennial All-Star Andrew McCutchen. On July 19, two of Major League Baseball’s biggest superstars square off as the Boston Red Sox and slugger David Ortiz will visit the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the dynamic Mike Trout.

The 8 p.m. ET telecasts will air on ESPN with Dan Shulman, analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney providing commentary. Sunday Night Baseball – in its 26th season – is the exclusive, national Major League Baseball game of the week.

Sunday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet previews Sunday Night Baseball at 7 p.m.

Current 2015 Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date Game
Apr. 5 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Opening Night presented by Scotts (ESPN2)
Apr. 12 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 19 Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 26 New York Mets at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
May 3 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox presented by Taco Bell
May 10 Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers presented by Taco Bell
May 17 Detroit Tigers at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
May 24 Texas Rangers at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
May 31 Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell (ESPN2)
*July 12 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
*July 19 Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell

*New selections

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Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN).

 

 

THIS JUST IN: Commissioner Manfred Live In-Studio Monday on MLB WHIPAROUND

MLB ON FOX: LOGOSpecial Four-Hour MLB WHIPAROUND Brings Fans Sights & Sounds from Ballparks Coast to Coast

* MLB WHIPAROUND: SPECIAL FOUR-HOUR OPENING DAY EDITION – 1:00 PM ET

Monday, April 6 (1:00 PM ET): FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

During the special four-hour edition to celebrate the first day of the much anticipated 2015 Major League Baseball season, Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and CJ Nitkowski bring fans live updates from Opening Day games being played around the country and preview storylines and players to watch in 2015.

* MLB WHIPAROUND: COMMISIONER MANFRED LIVE IN-STUDIO – 7:00 PM ET

Monday, April 6 (7:00 PM ET): FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

Commissioner Rob Manfred, presiding over his first Opening Day at the helm of Major League Baseball, sits down for a special live interview with FOX Sports’ Chris Myers.

MLB WHIPAROUND: Weeknights at 7:00 PM ET all season long on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO

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Major League Baseball on ESPN: What’s On Deck in 2015?

ESPN Images: MLB on ESPN Gallery

  • 2015 MLB Season Begins Exclusively on ESPN2 April 5, Opening Day Quadruple Header April 6
  • Newly Designed K-Zone Live for Every Pitch of Every Game, Plus K-Zone 3D

The 2015 Major League Baseball season begins exclusively on ESPN with its MLB Opening Night telecast presented by Scotts – St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs – on Sunday, April 5, at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet kicks things off at 7 p.m. with its on-site pre-game show. ESPN will then air 12 hours of continuous Opening Day action on Monday, April 6 with a quadruple header. Matchups and commentator assignments are available at ESPN Media Zone. Additionally, ESPN will usher in a full array of new production and programming initiatives in 2015.

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K-Zone Live for every pitch of every game, K-Zone 3D: (About K-Zone at ESPN Front Row)  In 2015, ESPN is ushering in a sleeker design of its revolutionary K-Zone Live technology, which will now document  every pitch of every MLB game on ESPN, beginning with Opening Night. K-Zone Live was created in 2011 and is an on-screen graphic calibrated for each batter to calculate the location of every ball that crosses the hitter’s strike zone.  Additionally, K-Zone 3D, a replay version of the technology, will be used during several Sunday Night Baseball telecasts and will provide a multi-dimensional look from unique vantage points on the sides of the plate and behind the plate.

Baseball Tonight’s new approach: ESPN’s flagship Major League Baseball studio show Baseball Tonight will have a new approach this season. The nightly shows (generally airing at 10 p.m. and midnight) will be more active, more unpredictable and less structured. Commentators will utilize the Baseball Tonight studio space with an increased number of demos and touch-screen segments, a more casual, free-flowing discussion amongst commentators and a modified Baseball Tonight set desk. Karl Ravech, Adnan Virk, Hakem Dermish and Jon Sciambi will serve as hosts throughout the season.

The Shift: For select Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts, ESPN will strategically position five commentators – a play-by-play commentator and four analysts – in different parts of a stadium. Each analyst will be tasked with providing a different perspective from their vantage point. For instance, ESPN MLB analyst Doug Glanville may be positioned near a dugout to provide a hitter’s perspective for the telecast, while ESPN MLB analyst Mark Mulder is positioned behind the bullpen to provide a pitcher’s perspective.

Sundays from the Seats: ESPN has selected four consecutive Sundays, beginning July 12, for the Sunday Night Baseball crew to call games from outside of the traditional commentator booth. They’ll be strategically positioned at popular locations inside of each stadium to showcase the unique vantage point and provide some local flavor to the telecast. ESPN will begin this initiative in Pittsburgh at PNC Park on July 12, for the Pirates-Cardinals game. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

Baseball Tonight pre-game Mondays and Wednesdays: ESPN2 will televise a new set of Baseball Tonight episodes prior to Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball weekly telecasts in the first half of the season. The shows will air at 5:30 p.m., beginning on Wednesday, April 8, and will capture the atmosphere and action from inside the ball park, during batting practice, and prior to the first pitch. Baseball Tonight pre-game shows will include fantasy and daily fantasy elements, as well as interviews with players, coaches and other team personnel.

Three-person booths on Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball & Wednesday Night Baseball: ESPN has committed to the three-person commentator booth – a play-by-play voice, plus a pitching analyst and batting analyst – on all regular game windows in 2015 to provide diversity of perspective and an added element of unpredictability:

  • Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: Dan Shulman, Curt Schilling, John Kruk with Buster Olney reporting;
  • Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA: Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Mark Mulder (first half of season) and Dallas Braden (second half of season);
  • Wednesday Night Baseball: Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown on-site pre-game and new crew: ESPN’s signature edition of Baseball TonightBaseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet – will have a new commentator team in 2015. Karl Ravech, the face of ESPN’s MLB studio coverage, will continue to host the show with analyst Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian. The trio will provide news and analysis and preview the Sunday Night Baseball telecast each week. Once again, ESPN is taking Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown on the road for live, on-site Sunday Night Baseball pre-game shows for several dates during the year.

The Global Game: For five games during the 2015 MLB season, ESPN will focus on the sport’s cultural impact and its rapid global growth. The telecasts will include special guests, vignettes and music highlighting different parts of the world and will what baseball means to that region. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_ESPN).