Regardless of whatever you may have seen on Twitter last night when it comes to ESPYs, one thing cannot be taken away from the show: The ratings were impressive for ABC last night, so much so that it will probably not be taken off the network at any point in the near future.
The show, which featured moving speeches from both Devon Still and Caitlyn Jenner last night, drew a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This is more or less double what the show drew the last time that it aired on ESPN. Are these numbers inflated beyond that they will typically be? Probably, if for no other reason than that there were a perfect storm of factors playing a part in the equation here. For one, Jenner’s story has been at the center of the news cycle for the past few months, and this was the first time that she made a TV appearance of this capacity since officially becoming Caitlyn.
Also, remember some of the other big stories happening the past few months, including deflategate, the FIFA Women’s World Cup win for Team USA, the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title, and also some notable figures like Derek Jeter being in attendance at the show last night. There will always be a sporting figure or two in the news, though, so that could help subsequent years.
Elsewhere, “Big Brother” (2.0) posted yet another solid rating, while “Extant” (0.6) slipped to a brand-new series low that hurts its chances of coming back.
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