Posted in:

Wednesday Final Nationals: Giants-Mets on ESPN Draws Third-Largest One-Game MLB Playoff TV Audience in 16 Years

Fox again was the Wednesday winner overall with “Lethal Weapon” and a Mariah Carey-guested “Empire”. The freshman “Lethal Weapon” has been a consistent positive for Fox, dropping another mere 9 percent (in total viewers) in its third week compared to its second week.

Runner-up to Fox in all key measures was ESPN with its telecast of MLB’s “National League Wild Card” game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets, which drew a 4.51 U.S. household rating and 7.42 million viewers from 8-11:27 p.m. ET. The competitive game ranks as the third highest-rated, third most-watched one-game MLB playoff since 2000 (14 telecasts); the top two games were from one year ago (Chicago-Pittsburgh TBS 10/07/15: 5.0 HH, 8.3 million viewers; Houston-N.Y. Yankees ESPN 10/06/15: 4.9 HH, 7.6 million viewers). Giants-Mets also earned ESPN’s second most-watched MLB telecast (excluding All-Star festivities such as Home Run Derby) since 2003 NLDS Game 3 (Atlanta-Chicago Cubs) which had drawn a 5.4 household rating and 8.4 million viewers.

Across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Giants-Mets generated a total live average audience of 7.711 million viewers (television + streaming). (Source: ESPN)

The San Francisco Giants’ 3-0 victory over the New York Mets peaked with nearly 9.2 million average viewers (9,198,000) from 11-11:15 p.m. ET. ESPN won the night across broadcast and cable in all key male demos for Wednesday, October 5. The game drew an average audience of 116,000 Hispanic viewers on ESPN Deportes. (Source: ESPN)

The Giants-Mets game also delivered ESPN its largest streaming audience ever for an MLB event. It set several records, including 35,977,000 total minutes streamed, 634,400 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 173,800 viewers. (Source: ESPN)

For mobile users, you may scroll this table horizontally.




































* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, October 5, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6430 1.0/4 1.8/6 2.3/7
8:00 The Goldbergs 249 94 3.8/7 6230 1.0/5 1.8/7 2.4/8
8:30 Speechless 249 94 3.7/6 6033 1.0/4 1.8/6 2.3/7
9:00 Modern Family 249 94 4.2/7 6968 1.3/6 2.2/8 2.9/8
9:31 black-ish 249 94 3.2/5 5184 0.8/4 1.5/5 2.0/5
10:00 Designated Survivor 249 94 4.5/8 7053 0.9/4 1.6/6 2.1/6
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.7/8 7364 0.8/4 1.4/5 2.0/6
8:00 Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X 254 94 5.3/9 8598 1.1/5 1.9/7 2.6/8
9:00 Criminal Minds 254 94 4.9/8 7623 0.8/4 1.4/5 2.0/6
10:00 Code Black 254 94 3.9/7 5872 0.7/3 1.0/4 1.5/4
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.8/7 5894 0.9/4 1.3/5 1.8/5
8:00 Blindspot 245 94 3.6/6 5708 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.7/5
9:00 Law & Order: SVU 245 94 3.7/6 5757 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
10:00 Chicago PD 244 94 4.0/7 6218 0.9/4 1.4/5 1.9/6
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.8/8 7933 1.9/9 2.5/9 3.0/9
8:00 Lethal Weapon 255 94 4.1/7 6616 1.1/5 1.7/6 2.2/7
9:00 Empire 255 94 5.5/9 9250 2.7/12 3.4/11 3.9/11
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1612 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 Arrow (p) 246 91 1.2/2 1871 0.6/3 0.7/3 0.8/2
9:00 Frequency (p) 246 91 0.9/1 1352 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1743 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.9/2 1796 0.6/3
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/2 1565 0.5/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2 2037 0.7/2
10:03 El Color de la Pasión 1.0/2 1607 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.2/0 404 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 331 0.1/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.3/1 649 0.3/1
9:00 Velvet 0.2/0 289 0.1/0
10:00 El Príncipe 0.1/0 274 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1895 0.8/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 1.1/2 1717 0.5/2
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1 1374 0.5/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.1/2 1916 0.8/3
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.2/2 2394 1.1/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 10/05/16

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.6/7

Speechless” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.9/7

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.8/5
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Designated Survivor” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.2/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Code Black” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Blindspot” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Chicago PD” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Lethal Weapon” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 1.1/6
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.6/7

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 3.5/14
Men 18-34: 2.0/10
Women 18-49: 4.3/14
Men 18-49: 2.4/9

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Frequency” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/1

American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX)
Women 18-34: 1.82
Men 18-34: 1.26
Women 18-49: 1.60
Men 18-49: 1.24

Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.25
Men 18-34: 0.16
Women 18-49: 0.53
Men 18-49: 0.26

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.44
Men 18-34: 0.39
Women 18-49: 0.51
Men 18-49: 0.49

MLB National League Wild Card Game: San Francisco @ N.Y. Mets” (ESPN)
4.51 household rating
7.420 million million viewers

Women 18-34: 1.07
Men 18-34: 2.71
Women 18-49: 1.25
Men 18-49: 3.15

College Football: Georgia Southern vs. Arkansas State” (ESPN2)
0.32 household rating
0.497 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.08
Men 18-34: 0.23
Women 18-49: 0.09
Men 18-49: 0.25

Ultimate Fighter” (FS1)
0.23 household rating
0.366 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.05
Men 18-34: 0.16
Women 18-49: 0.07
Men 18-49: 0.23

Any Given Wednesday” (HBO)
0.17 household rating
0.267 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.12
Men 18-34: 0.15
Women 18-49: 0.11
Men 18-49: 0.19

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 10/05/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, October 5:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No. = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No. = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No.* D-No.* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
91 77 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 8:30 PM 30 523 0.17
81 78 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:00 PM 30 571 0.17
78 63 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:30 PM 31 628 0.21
88 83 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:01 PM 31 534 0.16
96 74 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:32 PM 31 505 0.19
57 24 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:00 PM 30 815 0.33
43 13 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1003 0.49
22 7 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1410 0.68
16 5 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1504 0.77
86 67 AMC MOVIE: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION AMC 8:00 PM 180 552 0.20
61 26 DON’T BE TARDY BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 771 0.31
33 45 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1145 0.25
35 47 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1099 0.25
45 55 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 980 0.24
89 33 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 532 0.27
84 29 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 561 0.29
71 21 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 30 650 0.34
73 18 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 30 647 0.37
68 15 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 704 0.43
63 48 DUAL SURVIVAL DISC 9:00 PM 60 755 0.25
30 39 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY MOVIE DSNY 7:15 PM 105 1212 0.26
29 56 BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER DSNY 9:00 PM 30 1245 0.23
39 70 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 9:30 PM 30 1050 0.20
32 69 MY BABYSITTERS (SERIES) DSNY 10:00 PM 30 1171 0.20
41 76 BUNK’D DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1027 0.18
62 75 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 758 0.18
65 79 SO MUCH YOU CAN DO DISJR 8:25 PM 5 710 0.17
79 85 MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH DISJR 8:30 PM 25 602 0.15
92 95 MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH DISJR 8:55 PM 25 516 0.11
93 92 LION GUARD DISJR 9:20 PM 25 515 0.12
76 28 TOTAL BELLAS E! 8:00 PM 60 632 0.30
1 1 MLB WILD CARD: SAN FRANCISCO/NY METS ESPN 8:00 PM 207 7420 2.19
99 81 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: GEORGIA SOUTHERN/ARKANSAS STATE ESPN2 8:00 PM 223 497 0.17
50 46 KIDS HALLOWEEN BAKING FOOD 8:00 PM 60 868 0.25
24 14 WORST COOKS 9 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1325 0.43
70 54 WORST BAKERS IN AMERICA FOOD 10:00 PM 60 683 0.24
2 23 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3295 0.33
4 40 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2715 0.26
5 31 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2430 0.29
41 27 FX MOVIE PRIME: EQUALIZER FX 6:59 PM 181 1027 0.30
3 2 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 60 2828 1.43
100 100 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 496 0.07
90 97 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:00 PM 30 524 0.08
97 98 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:30 PM 30 503 0.07
56 17 DEADPOOL HBO 8:00 PM 108 816 0.40
26 35 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1275 0.27
18 43 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 60 1453 0.26
47 68 PAWN STARS HIST 10:00 PM 31 940 0.20
58 64 PAWN STARS HIST 10:31 PM 32 809 0.21
38 42 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1070 0.26
20 22 PROP BROS BUY AND SELL HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1431 0.34
14 19 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1544 0.37
21 20 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1415 0.34
51 72 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 8:00 PM 60 852 0.19
48 65 BETRAYED ID 9:00 PM 60 914 0.21
36 57 HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA ID 10:00 PM 60 1098 0.23
59 37 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 60 798 0.27
17 10 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1466 0.53
23 9 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 10:02 PM 60 1343 0.56
25 82 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1320 0.17
10 50 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1790 0.24
12 71 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1634 0.19
85 87 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 560 0.13
82 93 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:30 PM 30 570 0.11
77 89 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 630 0.13
80 90 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 572 0.12
53 60 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 846 0.22
54 51 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 836 0.24
52 41 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 851 0.26
55 30 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 830 0.29
34 58 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY &DAWN NICK 8:00 PM 30 1107 0.23
44 61 SCHOOL OF ROCK NICK 8:30 PM 30 999 0.22
19 16 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 10:00 PM 60 1437 0.40
64 52 GHOST HUNTERS SYFY 9:00 PM 60 719 0.24
83 66 PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 60 562 0.21
13 11 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1590 0.53
9 8 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1895 0.64
8 6 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2130 0.73
6 3 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2289 0.80
7 4 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2166 0.79
27 12 FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 30 1254 0.50
40 38 REGULAR SHOW TOON 8:00 PM 30 1043 0.26
46 44 STEVEN UNIVERSE TOON 8:30 PM 30 968 0.25
31 32 WEATHER CENTER LIVE TWC 8:00 PM 60 1172 0.28
37 49 WEATHER CENTER LIVE TWC 9:00 PM 60 1096 0.24
49 62 WEATHER CENTER LIVE TWC 10:00 PM 60 913 0.21
95 80 TODDLERS & TIARAS: GAME ON TLC 8:00 PM 60 506 0.17
71 53 TODDLERS & TIARAS TLC 9:00 PM 61 650 0.24
97 84 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 8:00 PM 60 503 0.16
60 59 EXP UNKNOWN: HUNT YETI TRAV 9:00 PM 60 773 0.23
74 86 BONES TNT 8:00 PM 60 643 0.14
94 94 BONES TNT 9:00 PM 60 514 0.11
69 99 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 8:00 PM 30 697 0.07
75 96 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:30 PM 30 636 0.09
66 88 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:00 PM 30 705 0.13
66 91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:30 PM 30 705 0.12
87 73 YOUNGER TVL 10:00 PM 31 537 0.19
11 25 NCIS USA 8:00 PM 60 1726 0.32
15 36 NCIS USA 9:00 PM 60 1508 0.27
28 34 NCIS USA 10:00 PM 60 1248 0.27

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

1656 posts

One Comment

Leave a Reply
  1. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Wednesday 10/05/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 1.83 … 2.38
    Speechless …………….. 1.78 … 2.26
    Modern Family ………… 2.21 … 3.44
    black-ish …………………. 1.53 … 2.11
    Designated Survivor …. 1.61 … 2.92
    Survivor ………………….. 1.84 … 2.37
    Criminal Minds ………… 1.41 … 2.16
    Code Black …………….. 1.02 … 1.64
    Blindspot ………………… 1.31 … 1.97
    Law & Order: SVU ……. 1.36 … 2.26
    Chicago PD …………….. 1.37 … 2.19
    Lethal Weapon ………… 1.71 … 2.31
    Empire ……………………. 3.37 … 4.74
    Arrow ……………………… 0.70 … 1.16
    Frequency ……………….. 0.36 … 0.48

    PROGRAMMINGINSIDER.COM

    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs ………………. 6230 … 7415
    Speechless …………….. 6033 … 7314
    Modern Family ………… 6969 … 9804
    black-ish ………………… 5185 … 6713
    Designated Survivor … 7054 .. 12402
    Survivor …………………. 8517 .. 10112
    Criminal Minds ……….. 7553 .. 10293
    Code Black …………….. 5819 … 8615
    Blindspot ………………… 5708 … 7882
    Law & Order: SVU ……. 5758 … 8283
    Chicago PD …………….. 6218 … 9294
    Lethal Weapon ………… 6616 … 8525
    Empire …………………… 9250 .. 12435
    Arrow ……………………… 1871 … 2786
    Frequency ………………. 1352 … 1830