Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN’s García vs. Malignaggi Delivers Largest Boxing Audience on ESPN Since 1998

The second edition of ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN presented by Corona Extra (PBC on ESPN) series—featuring Danny García vs. Paulie Malignaggi and Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora—on Saturday, Aug. 1, delivered the largest boxing audience on ESPN since 1998 (5/22/98 Bronco McKart vs Ronald Weaver).

An average audience of 1,073,000 viewers (P2+) watched the event – up 34 percent and 55 percent among P25-54 from the July 11 PBC on ESPN event. The telecast also peaked during the main event with nearly 1.5 million viewers according to Nielsen.

Upcoming PBC on ESPN Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Featured Bouts Location Networks
Sat, Aug 29 10 p.m. Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) Staples Center, Los Angeles ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

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ESPN Reaches Diverse Audience with Pan American Games Toronto 2015

Nearly 33 Million Viewers Watched on ESPN Platforms

ESPN and ESPN Deportes reached 32.9 million viewers (P2+) during the 17 days of live coverage across totaling close to 900 hours on television and online from Pan American Games Toronto 2015 (July 10-26).

Highlights:

  • Across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Deportes, the Pan Am Games reached 32.9 million viewers (P2+).  That represents an increase of 41 percent from the 2011 Games.

    • Across those networks, the Pan Am Games reached 8.6 million Hispanics viewers (P2+).
    • The Pan Am Games on ESPN Deportes reached 5.6 million Hispanic viewers (P2+).
  • During the Games, ESPN Deportes ranked as the #1 Spanish-language cable network in the late-morning timeslot (10a-3p), and #2 in total day among Hispanic M18-49.
  • The Games brought in a more diverse audience to the ESPN English language networks, delivering an above-average composition of Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black and female viewers.
    • During the Pan Am telecasts, close to half of ESPN2’s audience was multicultural (not non-Hispanic-White) – on average, about one-third of ESPN2’s audience is multicultural.
    • The audience was 17% Hispanic, one the highest Hispanic composition for an event or studio program on the network.
    • About a third of the audience was female on both ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes – compared to about 25% for the networks’ average.
    • The ESPN2 audience was 28% non-Hispanic black, slightly higher than the network’s average (25%).

The 2015 Pan American Games featured 41 countries, more than 7,000 athletes and 36 Summer Olympic sports. Team USA led the Games with 265 medals (103 gold), followed by Canada with 217 medals (78 gold), Brazil with 141 (41 gold), Cuba with 97 (36 gold), and Mexico with 95 (22 gold). Considered the ‘Olympics of the Americas, the Pan American Games are the world’s second-largest multi-sport event after the Summer Olympics.

The 2019 Pan Am Games will be held in Lima, Peru; ESPN and ESPN Deportes will again be the excluisve U.S. home for the event.

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Strong Ratings for ESPN’s Coverage of The Open at St Andrews

ESPN’s live coverage of The Open – the third major of the golf season from the famous Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland – delivered strong ratings and viewership throughout the weekend, posting double-digit increases from 2014.

Overall, The Open delivered a 1.4 US household rating, up 27 percent from 2014 (1.1), and 1,940,000 viewers, up 29 percent from 2014 (1,500,000), according to Nielsen. Monday’s final round coverage peaked from 1:30-1:45 p.m. ET with a 3.7 household rating and 5,294,000 viewers as American Zach Johnson captured his second career major, defeating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in the first playoff at The Open since 2009. Daily highlights:

  • First Round (Thurs): Coverage averaged a 0.8 household rating, flat with 2014, and 1,091,000 viewers, a nine percent gain from 2014 (1,000,000 viewers);
  • Second Round (Fri and Sat): Due to weather delays, the second round aired across Friday and Saturday, averaging a 1.2 household rating, up 33 percent from 2014 (0.9 rating) and 1,550,000 viewers, a 29 percent spike from 2014 (1,205,000 viewers);
  • Third Round (Sun): a 2.1 household rating and 2,910,000 viewers, increases of 110 percent (1.0 rating) and 115 percent (1,351,000 viewers), respectively, from the weather impacted 2014 event;
  • Final Round (Mon): a 2.1 household rating, up 11 percent from 2014 (1.9), and 2,851,000 viewers, up five percent from 2014 (2,703,000 viewers).

Top metered markets for ESPN’s 2015 presentation of The Open include West Palm Beach (2.9 rating), Louisville (2.7), Oklahoma City (2.6), Tampa-St. Petersburg (2.4), Greensboro, N.C. (2.4), Ft. Myers, Fla. (2.4), Columbus (2.4), Charlotte (2.3), Indianapolis (2.2), Raleigh-Durham (2.2) and Tulsa (2.2).

Monday at The Open: WatchESPN’s Best Golf Event Ever and Top 10 All-Time in Minutes Viewed

The Open on ESPN digital platforms reached record-breaking viewership this year as live coverage of Monday’s final round finished as the top golf event and one of the top 10 events all-time in minutes viewed for WatchESPN behind the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game. Monday’s coverage alone – including the early morning session, Spanish language feed and international view – generated over 1.1 million unique viewers, more than 94 million total minutes viewed and an average minute audience of 222,000.

Across all platforms throughout the entire tournament, The Open on WatchESPN saw a daily average of 599,000 unique viewers that watched over 40 million minutes per day, up 60 percent and 105 percent, respectively, compared to last year’s tournament.  Additionally, each round of The Open saw increases over their respective day of play in 2014, averaging a 23 percent increase in unique viewers and a 33 percent increase in total minutes.

In total, golf content across all ESPN digital platforms – including ESPN.com, the ESPN app and WatchESPN – averaged 55.5 million minutes per day and an average minute audience of 39,000, both double the daily average of the previous year’s tournament.

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Staggering 25.4 Million Witness USA Defeat Japan to Win Coveted FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Title

fox-sports-logoAudience Peaks at 31 Million Viewers

USA-Japan is Most-Watched Soccer Match in U.S. History

Vancouver, B.C. – The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen.  The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

USA-Japan final highlights:

–       The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.

–       USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.

–       The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).

–       Last night’s match average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

–       Last night’s match delivered the most-watched telecast since the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game on CBS (28.3 million, 4/6/15).

–       43.2 million viewers watched all or part of last night’s final.

–       The audience began at 18.2 million viewers at 7:00PM ET and peaked at a tournament-high 30.1 million from 8:308:45 PM ET.

–       FOX Sports GO set a new record with 232,000 unique streamers.  This was the largest authenticated streaming audience in FOX Sports GO history, besting the previous mark set by the USA-Germany semifinal (166,000 unique streamers).  Women’s World Cup matches now comprise FOX Sports GO’s top 5 most-viewed events ever.

–          Top markets for USA vs. Japan: Kansas City (20.6), followed by St. Louis (20.5), San Diego (19.5), Denver (19.4), Austin (19.1), Seattle (18.3), Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach (18.2), San Francisco and Las Vegas (17.7).  The rating in Kansas City is the highest for any individual market in this tournament.  The previous high was set by Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3) for USA-Germany in the Semifinal.

Note: All comparisons based on single net English language viewership.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ summary:

–          The 2015 tournament averaged 1.824 million viewers per each of the tournament’s 52 matches across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), +21% over 1,511,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 for the 32 matches played in 2011.

–           Top markets for all seven USA matches: St. Louis (8.0), followed by Kansas City (7.5), Washington D.C. (7.3), Austin (6.6), San Diego (6.4), Richmond (6.2), Denver and Baltimore (6.1), Norfolk and West Palm Beach (6.0).

–          Top markets for all 52 matches: St. Louis (1.94), Washington D.C. (1.85), Richmond (1.72), Kansas City (1.65), Sacramento (1.64), Baltimore (1.60), Orlando (1.56), Los Angeles (1.54), San Diego (1.51) and Las Vegas (1.50).

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USA’s WOMEN’S WORLD CUP Championship Match Sets Metered Market Household Ratings Record

fox-sports-logoMM Rating Peaks at 18.3

Fast National Audience Figure Due this Afternoon

Vancouver, B.C. – The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, posted a prodigious 15.2/27 metered market household rating/share (7:00-9:00 PM ET), according to Nielsen.  It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network, surpassing the previous mark set for the Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China in 1999 on ABC (13.3 mm rating).  Fast national figures are expected later today.

Additional metered market highlights for Japan-USA:

–           Match rating +77% over the 8.6 recorded by ESPN for the USA vs. Japan Women’s World Cup final in 2011

–           The match’s metered market audience peaked at 18.3/31 from 8:45-9:00 PM ET which included the USA’s winning celebration

–           The top 5 local markets for the match:  Kansas City (20.6/35), St. Louis (20.5/33), San Diego (19.5/41), Denver (19.4/36) and Austin (19.1/37)

For more information on FOX Sports’ comprehensive coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX-Record 8.4 Million Watch USA Defeat Germany and Advance to FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Final

fox-sports-logoAudience Peaks at Over 12 Million Viewers

USA-Germany is Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal Match Ever

Vancouver, B.C. – The U.S. Women’s National Team, driven by a tenacious defense that has posted five straight shutouts and not allowed a goal in 513 minutes, out-flanked top-ranked Germany, 2-0, last night in Montreal, Quebec, to return to the final of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ for what is sure to be a star-spangled showdown against the winner of tonight’s England-Japan semifinal, on Sunday, July 5.  The upward audience trend witnessed at each advancing stage throughout the quadrennial tournament continued as FOX set yet another record for soccer on the network, with an average audience of 8.4 million viewers, according to fast nationals issued today by Nielsen.

USA-Germany semifinal highlights:

–       The match’s 8.4 million viewers breaks the recent mark set June 26 for the USA-China quarterfinal match (5.7 million) by 47%.

–       The 2015 USA-Germany semifinal is now the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time, trailing only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (13,458,000), dropping USA-China 2015 quarterfinal to fourth, followed by USA-Nigeria 2015 Group Stage (5.0 million, fifth place), Brazil-USA 1999 Women’s World Cup Semifinal (4.9 million, sixth), USA-Sweden 2015 Women’s World Cup Group Stage (4.5 million, seventh).

–       The audience for USA-China on FOX (8.4 million) is +147% better than the audience for the USA’s semifinal match in 2011 vs. France on ESPN (3.4 million).

–       USA-Germany is the most-watched World Cup semifinal match – men’s or women’s -ever in the U.S., breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million).

–       The audience began at 1.6 million viewers at 6:41 PM ET and peaked at a tournament-high 12.1 million from 8:30-8:45 PM ET. The previous peak audience for the tournament was 8.1 million, reached during the USA-China quarterfinal. The peak for USA-Germany beat the prior peak by +49% (12.1 million vs. 8.1 million).

–       FOX Sports GO recorded a record 166,000 unique streamers.  This was the largest authenticated streaming audience in FOX Sports GO history, besting the previous mark set by the USA vs. Colombia round of 16 match (121,000 unique streamers).

–          USA-Germany is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of AMERICAN IDOL.

–          The match provided FOX broadcast network its highest-rated program among Adults 18-49 (3.0) since the season finale of EMPIRE on 3/18/15.

–          Top markets for USA vs. Germany: Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3), followed by Washington D.C. (9.0), Austin (7.8), Cincinnati and Columbus (7.4), Boston (7.1), Detroit (7.0), San Diego (6.9), and New York (6.8).  The ratings in Kansas City and St. Louis for USA-Germany tie for the highest of any individual market in this tournament.  The previous high was 7.8 set by Kansas City for USA-China in the Quarterfinal.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ summary:

–       The six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 have averaged 5.3 million viewers, +121% better than the 2011 tournament average through the semifinals (2.4 million) on ESPN.

–       The four USA matches on FOX have averaged a 3.3 HH rating, with 6.0 million viewers.  In the Adult 18-49 demo, the four matches averaged a 2.1 rating, which would place it in a tie for second for prime time programs in the summer season.

–       The 2015 tournament is averaging 1.306 million viewers per match across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), +45% over 899,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 through the first semifinal in 2011.

–       Top markets for all six USA matches: St. Louis (6.0), Washington D.C. (5.6), Kansas City (5.4), Austin (4.7), Richmond (4.6), Baltimore (4.5), New York (4.4), Hartford, Milwaukee and Norfolk (4.3).

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11.2 Million Viewers Witness Dramatic Conclusion of 115th U.S. Open Championship

fox-sports-logoSunday’s Final Round posts +46% Increase Over 2014;

 Four-Round Viewership on FOX & FOX Sports 1 Sees +40% Boost

University Place, Wash. – Capping off what was a memorable week in the Pacific Northwest, Sunday’s final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship reached its crescendo at the 18th and final hole. Televised for the first time in its entirety by FOX Sports, the event’s thrilling finish saw 21-year old Jordan Spieth claim his second-consecutive major championship victory in dramatic fashion, witnessed by 11.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The final round featured a crowded leaderboard with a number of players narrowly off the pace and Sunday’s action posted a 4.2 household rating, averaging 6.7 million viewers on FOX broadcast network, a +46% increase over the U.S. Open’s final round in 2014 (4.6 million). The 4.2 rating versus 2014’s 3.0 marked the largest year-over-year gain for the final round since 1991-1992 (4.7/15 to 7.0/19).

Four-day coverage of the 115th U.S. Open Championship averaged a combined 3.5 million viewers each day across FOX and FOX Sports 1, a +40% increase over last year’s combined average on ESPN and NBC (2.5 million viewers). According to a custom analysis provided by Nielsen, the almost 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open reached a total of 34.9 million viewers.

Final Round Highlights:

–       Sunday’s final-round broadcast peaked with 11.2 million viewers from 10:00–10:30 PM ET as audiences watched Spieth birdie the 18th hole and runner-up Dustin Johnson finish in the final group with a disappointing three-putt to finish one shot back. 

–       The primetime portion of Sunday’s telecast averaged a 5.3 rating and 8.7 million viewers from 7:00-10:46 PM ET, winning the night among the broadcast networks and giving FOX its most-watched Sunday night in primetime since Jan. 4 (NFC Wild Card Playoffs).

–       In comparison to 2014’s final round, the final round broadcast showed significant ratings jumps across multiple key demographics, including: men 18-34, +63% (1.3 vs. 0.8) and men 18-49, +46%, (1.9 vs. 1.3).

–       Top five markets for Sunday’s final-round coverage: Seattle (11.4), Jacksonville (6.8), Columbus (6.7), Louisville (6.6) and Las Vegas (6.5).

Four Round Highlights:

–       FOX broadcast network coverage averaged 4.8 million viewers over the U.S. Open’s four days, a +41% increase over NBC’s average audience in 2014 (3.5 million viewers).

–       In total, FOX and FOX Sports 1 combined to air just under 40 hours of live coverage of the U.S. Open, the most in the championship’s extensive history. The total of nearly 40 hours was more than five hours more than had ever previously been broadcast for the event and eight hours more than the average of the last 10 U.S. Opens.

–       The expanded coverage had a positive impact on total minutes of viewing.  Compared to last year, for example, this year’s U.S. Open was up an impressive +40% on average audience (3.5 million watching any given minute vs. 2.5 million last year), but up by +63% in total minutes viewed (8.4 billion minutes to 5.2 billion last year).

Digital Highlights:

–       Sunday’s final round was the second most-watched event ever on FOX Sports Go.

Through FOX Sports GO, USOpen.com and the U.S. Open official app, total live streams started were up +354% (5.9 million vs. 1.3 million) over 2014.  Additionally, total streamed minutes reached 158 million, eclipsing the U.S. Open’s previous high of 130 million minutes in 2012.

115th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

ICYMI: Jordan Spieth birdies 18th hole, wins 115th U.S. Open

In what was a dramatic and thrilling finish, 21-year old Jordan Spieth won his second consecutive major championship Sunday at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The first-ever U.S. Open to be broadcast by FOX Sports, Sunday’s final round saw a host of competitors jockey for position, but it wasn’t until the 72nd hole of the championship that a pair of missed putts by Dustin Johnson yielded Spieth (68-67-71-69-275, -5) the U.S. Open trophy and his second major title in as many chances in 2015.

Following the final round, FOX Sports analysts offered opinions on the competitors and the memorable finish at the 18th hole:

Two-time major champion and lead U.S. Open on FOX analyst Greg Norman discussed the totality of Spieth’s overall game and his mature disposition:

“He is light years ahead of everybody else on tour because he has a complete game. He has composure and he is mature beyond his years. Some of the decisions he has made out here, he has really made collective positive decisions. Maybe it’s his dad, maybe it’s his caddie, maybe it’s his coach, I don’t know, but he has made some phenomenally mature decisions out there on the golf course and never really lets things get away from him. On the front nine today, he was a little bit edgy, a little bit agitated, a little bit out of sync, the putting stroke was a little bit quick. But as he got into it and he got into a position of winning, everything settled in.”

Major champion and U.S. Open on FOX studio analyst Tom Weiskopf discussed Johnson’s missed birdie putt on the 18th hole and said it will be important to get over today’s disappointment quickly:

“You can’t ever assume anything in this game, you have to continually keep your concentration and your focus on what you have to do. I think he forced that putt a little bit and it was downhill. But he had put himself in this position by missing three very short putts on this back nine. It’s a game of mistakes and that’s what it’s all about. Dustin Johnson has got to get over this as fast as he can because he’s such a talent. He has changed his lifestyle and those of us who have been in this position, you won’t forget that memory ever, but you have to get over it and go forward.”

Norman also experienced close defeats during his Hall of Fame playing career and talked about what it will take for Johnson to bounce back:

“That’s where my mind goes obviously. You saw where Dustin had collected himself during the round. It looked like he was completely out of it, but he got himself back into it. It’s sport and unfortunately in sport there is going to be a winner and there is going to be a loser. Dustin has to really get himself up and, forgive the pun, dust himself off as fast as he can, because he has so much talent and he is such a great player. He’s missed out four times now, but there is a great saying that Tom Watson told me, ‘Once you bite that snake’s head off, that snake is dead forever.’ All he has to do is go bite that snake’s head off at St. Andrews and he’ll be off and running.”

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the 115th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

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ESPN Televises Most-Viewed Women’s College World Series Ever

  • Most-Viewed WCWS Championship Finals Ever
  • Four of Top 10 Most-Watched WCWS Games Ever
  • Second Most-Watched Bracket Round Ever
  • WatchESPN with Exponential Growth for both WCWS and Championship Finals
  • Concludes Record-Setting Regular Season Coverage 

The 2015 Women’s College World Series — ESPN’s 15th year televising the entire event – was the most-viewed Women’s College World Series on record*, averaging 1,196,000 viewers (15 games) from May 28 – June 3. Furthermore, No. 1 Florida vs. No. 3 Michigan’s best-of-three WCWS Championship Finals – which Florida won 2 games to 1 — averaged 1,912,000 viewers (June 1-3), the most-viewed WCWS Championship Finals ever.

Additionally, 2015 Women’s College World Series provided four of the top 10 most-watched games in the event’s history (records since 1990):

  • No. 2 Most-Watched Game: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 1 Florida (Championship Finals Game 3) averaged 2,273,000 viewers
  • No. 4 Most-Watched Game: No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan (Game 12) averaged 1,950,000 viewers
  • No. 6 Most-Watched Game: Michigan vs. Florida (Championship Finals Game 2) averaged 1,865,000 viewers
  • No. 9 Most-Watched Game: No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 4 Auburn (Game 9) on  averaged 1,612,000 viewers

Top-Viewed Games in WCWS History:

Rank WCWS Year and Game Matchup Viewership
1. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 3 Tennessee vs. Arizona 2,326,000
2.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. Florida 2,273,000
3. 2005 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. UCLA 2,240,000
4.       2015 Game 12 LSU vs. Michigan 1,950,000
5. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 2 Arizona vs. Tennessee 1,919,000
6.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Michigan 1,865,000
7. 2003 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,852,000
8. 2009 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Washington 1,788,000
9.       2015 Game 9 UCLA vs. Auburn 1,612,000
10. 2004 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,593,000

 

2015 Women’s College World Series Bracket Round
ESPN’s entire presentation of the 2015 Women’s College World Series bracket round (May 28-May 31) averaged 1,055,000 viewers (12 games), the second most-viewed WCWS bracket round on ESPN networks topped only by the 2011 WCWS bracket round (1,114,000 average viewers).

2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Top Markets
Detroit led all local markets with a 4.0 rating, followed by Birmingham (3.9), Oklahoma City (3.5), Knoxville (3.4), Jacksonville (3.0), Orlando (2.8), Tampa, Dayton & Nashville (2.3) and Greenville (2.0)

WatchESPN
The 2015 WCWS Championship Finals  average minute audience was up 168% and average game unique viewers up +124%, respectively, on WatchESPN compared to last season’s WCWS Championship Finals. Additionally, the entire WCWS average audience was up 209% and total minutes up 200%, respectively, compared to 2014 WCWS.

ESPN’S 2015 College Softball Regular Season
ESPN’s record-setting 2015 Women’s College World Series follows its most comprehensive college softball regular season on the ESPN networks.  With 44 games televised across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, viewership increased 29% compared to a similar television slate in 2014. With the addition of the SEC Network (not rated by Nielsen) and expansion of ESPN3 coverage, ESPN covered more than 400 college softball games this season.

*Records date back to 1990. Prior to 2001, ESPN televised portions of the Women’s College World Series, but not in its entirety

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner

Record Viewership at the 2015 Women’s College World Series

  • 1 and No. 2 Most-Watched WCWS Bracket Round Games Ever on ESPN Networks
  • 2015 WCWS Bracket Round (12 Games): 1,055,000 Average Viewers, Second-Highest Viewership in 19 Years on ESPN Networks
  • 2015 WCWS Championship Finals (Game 1): 1.0 Overnight Rating, Tied for Highest-Rated Game 1 on Record and a 43% Increase Over ’14 WCWS Championship Finals Game 1

ESPN recorded its No. 1 and No. 2 most-viewed Women’s College World Series bracket round games this past weekend. Game 12 – No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan on Sunday, May 31 – averaged 1,950,000 viewers and Game 9 – No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 4 Auburn on Saturday, May 30 – averaged 1,612,000 viewers which bested the previous No. 1, a 2009 WCWS Game 12– Alabama vs. Florida – which averaged 1,588,000 viewers.

2015 Women’s College World Series Bracket Round

ESPN’s entire presentation of the 2015 Women’s College World Series bracket round (Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31) averaged 1,055,000 viewers (12 games), the second most-viewed WCWS bracket round on ESPN networks –which started in 1997 — topped only by the 2011 WCWS bracket round (1,114,000 average viewers).

No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan: Third Most-Watched Women’s College World Series Game of All-Time

No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan is also the third most-watched WCWS game of all-time (any round), trailing the 2007 WCWS Championship Finals Game 3: Tennessee vs. Arizona (2,326,000 viewers) and  2005 WCWS Championship Finals Game 3: Michigan vs. UCLA (2,240,000 viewers).

2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Game 1

The 2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Game 1 on Monday, June 1 – where the defending national champions/No. 1 Florida defeated No. 3 Michigan 3-2 – earned a 1.0 overnight rating, which is tied for the highest-rated WCWS Championship Finals Game 1 on record (since 2007) and a 43% increase (0.7 overnight) from 2014 WCWS Championship Finals Game 1 which saw Florida defeat Alabama.

The Women’s College World Series Championship Finals continues Tuesday, June 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN with Game 2.  If Michigan wins Game 2, a decisive Game 3 will be played on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner

The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Season Boosts ESPN Deportes’ Ratings

Semifinals between Real Madrid and Juventus rank as the top two highest-rated UEFA Champions League telecasts on Spanish-language cable; Network reaches 3.2 million Hispanic viewers from Round of 16 through semifinals; UEFA Champions League scores the top 20 most-watched ESPN Deportes’ events on WatchESPN

The return of the UEFA Champions League to ESPN Deportes delivered strong ratings throughout the season, scoring its top two highest-rated telecasts of the year thus far with the two-legged semifinal between Real Madrid and Juventus on May 5 and 13.

  • The first leg encounter scored second place, averaging a 2.6 Hispanic household US rating and 386,000 Hispanic household impressions.
  • The second leg averaged a 2.7 Hispanic household US rating and 397,000 Hispanic household impressions, becoming the top match.
  • The second leg also became the most-watched ESPN Deportes event to date on WatchESPN with more than 3 million total live minutes.

Overall, the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season on ESPN Deportes averaged a 0.9 Hispanic household rating with 173,000 Hispanic P2+ viewers. Throughout the season, the UEFA Champions League matches boosted ESPN Deportes’ live game windows by +350% compared to the same dayparts last year. From the Round of 16 through the semifinals, the UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes reached an average of 3.2 million Hispanic P2+ viewers.

The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League matches also drove digital growth across ESPN Deportes on WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+. Throughout the season, there were 1.2 million live unique devices that watched 54 million live minutes of UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes via WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+. The Champions League matches also swept all top 20 spots of the most-watched ESPN Deportes events on WatchESPN.

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