TV Ratings: 600K Watch ESPN’s ‘First Take’ Special (Also: IndyCar on ABC, Local NCAA Ratings)


Over half a million viewers watched an ‘ESPN First Take’ special on Friday night. Elsewhere, the IndyCar Series got off to a slower start in the overnight ratings, and Wisconsin topped Marquette in the local TV ratings on Thursday.

  • Over 600,000 Viewers Watch ESPN First Take Special: ESPN drew a 0.50 U.S. rating and 603,000 viewers for a special, primetime edition of ‘ESPN First Take’ on Friday. While that is far from an impressive audience, the show did outdraw recent events such as the NFL Combine on NFL Network (450K) and the first two rounds of the Women’s NCAA Tournament on ESPN2 (467K). (ESPN)
  • IndyCar Opener Down From Last Year: Sunday’s IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first race of the season, earned a 1.1 overnight rating on ABC — down 15% from last year’s opener (1.3). (Associated Press via
  • Wisconsin Tops Marquette in Milwaukee TV Ratings: Thursday’s Wisconsin/Syracuse Men’s NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet Sixteen’ game drew a 14.6 rating on Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT, comfortably surpassing the Marquette/Florida game that aired on cable network TBS later in the night (10.8). (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)