Special Programming, Live Events Boost ESPN Viewership Saturday, Dec. 9
ESPN’s 2017 MLS Cup viewership is up 20 percent, while ESPN scores its most-viewed MLS Playoffs since 2014
A forum for the world’s best riders and filmers to create premium action sports video content, the Real Series brings together the worlds of competitive action sports and core video parts for six competitions in 2018 – Ski, Snowboard, Street, BMX, Moto and Wakeboard. Now in its ninth year, the Real Series will feature past Real Series winners and Fan Favorites, X Games medalists and up-and-coming riders from around the world. This year, X Games silver medalist Samarria Brevard will also become the first female skater to drop a Real Street part.
ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show will travel to Pittsburgh for the New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC matchup
Nine ranked teams play across ESPN networks this week, including a top-10 matchup between No. 9 Oregon and No. 5 Mississippi State on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. on SEC Network.
ESPN’s college basketball slate is highlighted by matchups featuring several top-25 teams, including No. 1 Villanova facing Temple this Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
ESPN The Magazine is celebrating the “most wonderful time of the year” with its ’Tis the Season Issue, featuring Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook across two holiday-themed covers.
ESPN today announced it is dedicating a full day of coverage to the Philadelphia 76ers in a special content initiative called Philadelphia All Access on Friday, Dec. 15. ESPN will air Sixers-related content throughout the day across ESPN platforms, including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, First Take, ESPN.com, ESPN social media, and more. Philadelphia All Access will culminate with ESPN’s national telecast of the Sixers vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder game at 7 p.m. ET. The telecast will be exclusively on ESPN in the Philadelphia market. All of ESPN’s Philadelphia All Access coverage will also be available via the ESPN App.
ESPN college basketball analyst Sean Farnham is expanding his role to include co-hosting with Marcellus Wiley and Eric Davis starting Thursday, Jan. 4, on ESPNLA 710. The newly renamed Afternoons with Marcellus, Farnham and E.D. will air weekdays from 3 – 7 p.m. PT.
Last night’s fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1-0, 7 KO) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), the biggest boxing match of the year, delivered big on ratings, making it the second highest-rated boxing telecast on cable in 2017, according to Nielsen overnight ratings. It was an electric, full house at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City that watched two of the top ten pound-for-pound fighters in the world, both two-time Olympic gold medal winners, battle it out for the WBO Junior Lightweight World Title. Lomachenko wowed with a sixth-round TKO.