|Monster College Football Audiences and Record-Breaking US Open Viewership Propel ESPN and ABC to Reach 72 Million Viewers during 48-Hour Stretch; ESPN App Sets New Daily and Weekend Usage Records|
While celebrating its 40th anniversary, ESPN continued to raise the bar for sports fans by programming the highest quality college football, men’s and women’s tennis championship grand slam and best news and information programming which combined to reach 72 million people across ESPN and ABC on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8. In the same window, more than 14.3 million fans also utilized the ESPN App, marking a two-day record for the product.
Parsing the significant audience reveals record-setting audiences and multi-year highs. ABC’s Saturday telecasts of LSU at Texas and Texas A&M at Clemson generated two of the network’s most-watched September college football games in recent history and elevated the network to its most watched Saturday college football slate in more than two years. On the same day, ESPN televised its most-watched US Open Women’s Championship and then followed that up on Sunday with its most-watched US Open Men’s Championship in four years. The ESPN App kept everyone tuned into live streaming events and connected to every storyline throughout the sports world, as 11.8 million fans utilized the platform on Saturday followed by 10.8 million fans on Sunday, the two best individual days in the app’s history.
ESPN Begins 2019 Season Red Hot: Every Network is Up, Has Aired All the Most-Watched Games
Viewership based on initial Nielsen reporting. Numbers will continue to increase as reporting continues
Among games on cable, ESPN’s networks have aired the 15 most-watched games of the season.
Tigers-Longhorns Deliver One of ABC’s Saturday Night Football’s Biggest September Audiences
The more-than 8.6 million viewers is the most for a college football game this year and is up 162% from last year’s comparable game.
Texas A&M-Clemson Among Most-Watched ABC September 3:30 p.m. Game Since 2000
ABC Airs its Best Saturday Slate in Nearly Two Seasons; Wins the Night
ABC also delivered the most viewers across broadcast and cable among households, viewers and all key adult demos (18-34, 18-49 and 25-54) on Saturday, driving the two networks to ‘Win the Night.’ This is the second consecutive Saturday ABC has achieved the distinction and is already the sixth time an ESPN network has done so this college football season.
ESPN Concludes US Open with Records for Women’s Championship, Multi-Year High for Men’s Championship
ESPN Sets New Record throughout its US Open Coverage
NFL Opening Sunday Sees Multi-Platform Growth for ESPN; Success Continues on Monday Night Football