or


[12/15/10 - 09:09 AM]
Critically Acclaimed "30 for 30" Wraps up with "Pony Exce$$" - ESPN's Most-Watched Documentary
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, December 11.

[via press release from ESPN]

Critically Acclaimed "30 for 30" Wraps up with "Pony Exce$$" - ESPN's Most-Watched Documentary

ESPN Films wrapped up the critically acclaimed "30 for 30" films with Thaddeus D. Matula's Pony Exce$$, Saturday, Dec. 11, immediately following the Heisman Trophy presentation, earning a 1.8 rating, according to Nielsen. That represents an average of 1,843,000 million homes (2.517,000 viewers, P2+) to become ESPN's most-watched documentary of all time.

Pony Exce$$ edged out Billy Corben's The U, which earned a 1.8 rating (1,801,000 homes, 2.368,000 viewers) in December 2009, and Jon Hock's The Best That Never Was, which earned a 1.8 rating (1,760,000 homes, 2,229,000 viewers) last month. Overall, the "30 for 30" slate of 30 films averaged a 1.0 rating (958,000 homes, 1,193,000 viewers). The series, created in celebration of ESPN's 30th anniversary, not only highlighted some of the most memorable moments in sports history but examined the impact that they had on pop culture and society as a whole.

"Storytelling is at the heart of what ESPN does - whether on TV, online, radio or in print - in our features, game summaries, event productions or, of course, documentaries," says John Skipper, executive vice president, content, ESPN. "The positive feedback from media and fans shows there is an audience for long-form, high-quality storytelling, and it belongs on ESPN."

Connor Schell, executive producer, ESPN Films, adds, "We worked with an extraordinary group of directors for the '30 for 30' series. Due to the enormous creativity of the storytellers, the collection of films was as interesting in style as in subject matter. We intend to continue making quality, point-of-view films going forward."

Highlights for the series include -

· Airing in March 2010 on NCAA men's basketball's "Selection Sunday," Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, directed by Peabody Award-winning director Dan Klores, posted a 1.5 rating, the fourth highest ever for an ESPN documentary and the highest-rated show ever in the time slot following the Bracketology program.

· The Two Escobars has played at the prestigious 2010 Tribeca, Cannes and Los Angeles Film Festivals, garnering critical acclaim. Its televised premiere June 21 was ESPN Deportes' top-rated documentary ever with a 1.2 Hispanic household rating.

· "30 for 30" won the 2010 International Documentary Association's "Distinguished Continuing Series" award.

Although major markets nationwide played a big role in the success of the series, it was the Southeast that was the biggest supporter, posting the highest average market rating per film. Birmingham, Charlotte and Louisville were the three top markets for the "30 for 30" series, averaging a 2.0, 1.6 and 1.5 respectively. Smaller markets that posted the highest rating for select films include Birmingham (3.6 for Jordan Rides the Bus), Austin (2.2 for Run Ricky Run) and Knoxville (2.0 for Tim Richmond: To the Limit).

On several occasions the city or location being depicted in the film was not the top-rated market for that film. Notably, The U earned a 5.6 rating in Birmingham while Miami came in sixth with a 3.3. Additionally, Straight Outta L.A. rated the highest in Miami with a 2.0 while Los Angeles came in seventh (0.8).





  [december 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· 30 FOR 30 (ESPN)









most recent ratings | view all posts
[08/20/14 - 02:15 PM]
Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" Is Top of the Charts
Animal Planet spins the numbers for Friday, August 15.

[08/20/14 - 12:44 PM]
Syfy's "Wizard Wars" Makes Magic -- Conjures Up Over One Million Total Viewers
Syfy spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 19.

[08/20/14 - 12:11 PM]
4.5 Million Viewers Turn to WE tv on Night of "Braxton Family Values" and "SWV Reunited" Premieres
WE tv spins the numbers for Thursday, August 14.

[08/20/14 - 08:39 AM]
"America's Got Talent" Ranks as the #1 Show of the Night on the Big 4 in Every Key Measure
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 19.

[08/20/14 - 08:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent" Continues Its Reign for NBC
The Peacock once again leads the night among both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/19/14 - 02:19 PM]
Summer Finales of ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" and "The Fosters" Garner Multi-Week Highs in Total Viewers and Target Demos
ABC Family spins the numbers for Monday, August 18.

[08/19/14 - 02:01 PM]
"Fast N' Loud" Returns as the #1 Program in Cable on Monday Night
Discovery spins the numbers for Monday, August 18.

[08/19/14 - 11:47 AM]
Cartoon Network Continues to Rank as Television's #1 Network for Early Delivery Among Targeted Boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14
Turner spins the numbers for the week of August 11-17.

[08/19/14 - 11:47 AM]
U.S. Record 3.3 Million Tune in to NBC Sports Group's Opening Weekend of Premier League Coverage
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.

[08/19/14 - 11:33 AM]
Disney Channel Sweeps Prime and Total Day in Total Viewers and Across Major Youth Kid 2-11, Kid 6-11 and Tween 9-14 Demos
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the week of August 11-17.

[08/19/14 - 11:31 AM]
TNT's "Legends" Climbs to 8 Million Viewers Across Multiple Platforms
TNT spins the numbers for the week of August 11-17.

[08/19/14 - 10:57 AM]
Discovery Channel Earns Its Highest-Rated "Shark Week" Ever in Its 27 Year History
Discovery spins the numbers for its annual summer stunt.

[08/19/14 - 08:46 AM]
"American Ninja Warrior" Delivers Its Biggest Overall Audience in More Than Two Years
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, August 18.

[08/19/14 - 08:45 AM]
"Live with Kelly and Michael" Is the #1 Syndie Talk Show for the 3rd Straight Week
Disney-ABC Domestic Television spins the numbers for the week of August 4-8.

[08/19/14 - 08:30 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "MasterChef" Tops Demos as FOX, NBC Split 18-49 Crown
NBC's top draw is a new two-hour installment of "American Ninja Warrior."