The one-hour First Take interview on ESPN with former Los Angeles Lakers president of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson – in which he candidly discussed the reasons behind his abrupt exit – was up 54 percent during the 10-11 a.m. ET window on ESPN over the comparable First Take episode in 2018 averaging 652,000 viewers, according to Nielsen.
Last night’s NBA Western Conference Finals Game 4 delivered a total metered market rating of a 5.9 across ESPN and ESPN2, which was up 40 percent from a 4.2 rating for Game 4 of the 2017 Western Finals – the last time ESPN televised the Western Finals. It peaked with a 7.1 metered market rating from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.
This morning, on ESPN’s popular morning debate show First Take – featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim Rose – Magic Johnson, former president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, joined the show in his first television interview since abruptly leaving the team in April.
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Last night’s Golden State Warriors victory over the Portland Trail Blazers is now ESPN’s second highest rated NBA Conference Finals Game 3 ever, according to Nielsen. The telecast delivered a 5.4 metered market rating, up 17 percent from the 2017 Western Conference Finals Game 3 – the last time ESPN televised the Western Finals. It is also up six percent from ESPN’s Eastern Conference Finals coverage last year.
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ESPN is offering several alternative viewing experiences as part of its NBA Western Conference Finals coverage for Games 3 and 4. It will include alternative viewing experiences for pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage. A highlight will be ESPN Mode, a Second Spectrum-enhanced alternative viewing experience with a continuous on-court graphic display triggering in-game stats, play and ball movement diagrams, player identification, effective shooting percentages and fan-friendly pop-ups all with an entertaining, predictive and anticipatory feel.
Last night’s thrilling Golden State Warriors victory over the Portland Trail Blazers is now ESPN’s second highest rated NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 ever, according to Nielsen. The telecast delivered a 6.0 metered market rating, peaking with a 6.9 rating from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.
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ESPN analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz participated in a media conference today to to recap the NBA Draft Lottery and discuss NBA Draft Combine.
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The Jump, ESPN’s daily NBA show, is increasing its on-site NBA Finals presence this year with the addition of a prime-time show on game days. The Jump will continue to air live in its regular afternoon time-slot – 3-4 p.m. ET on ESPN – and will now air from 8-8:30 p.m. on ESPN prior to weekday NBA Finals games.
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The field is set for the third annual GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals event held in Washington, D.C. This year’s participants are No. 2 Salisbury School, No. 3 The Hill Academy, No. 13 Bullis School and No. 14 St. Sebastian’s School.
ESPN generated its highest-rated NBA Conference Finals Game 1 since 2012 on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. The Golden State Warriors 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers delivered a 5.8 metered market rating, up four percent from the most recent NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 – Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs in 2017 – that drew a 5.6 rating. It was also up seven percent from ESPN’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 last year – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – that drew a 5.4 rating. Last night’s Game 1 peaked with a 6.3 rating from 10:45-11 p.m. ET.
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