Forgettable ESPYS Deliver Lowest Ratings Since Mid-90s
Emmannuelle Chriqui aside, this past Wednesday's ESPY awards were pretty unmemorable. Seth Meyers delivered an uneven monologue, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, and Adrian Peterson appeared in a skit, Brian Wilson was weird, and that was about it. The mundaneness of this year's ESPN annual awards show was clearly reflected in the ratings.
Wednesday's broadcast drew 1.984 viewers, which is down 24% from last year's broadcast, and down 14% from 2009. It was the lowest rated ESPYs since 1995, beating the previous low of 2.104 million viewers that the 1998 show drew.
By comparison, the ESPYs Wednesday competition, TNT's Franklin & Bash drew 2.547 million viewers, while TV Land's Hot in Cleveland drew 2.001 million viewers.
The reason behind the ESPYs dismal ratings? Perhaps it had to do with the lack of excitement surrounding Meyers second year in a row hosting the awards, as in past years we've been treated to fresh faces such as LeBron James, Jimmy Kimmel, and Justin Timberlake. It also doesn't help that lockouts in the NFL and NBA have made for a slow summer in the world of sports news.
Regardless of the reasoning behind the ESPYs lowest rated show in over a decade, it's safe to say that this hasn't been a banner week in ESPN history.
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