Viewership for 2023 MLB Opening Night on ESPN Draws Double-Digit Increases as Chicago White Sox Defeat Reigning World Series Champion Houston Astros
Viewership for 2023 MLB Opening Night Presented by Frontdoor saw double-digit increases on ESPN as the Chicago White Sox defeated the reigning World Series Champion Houston Astros on Thursday, March 30. The ESPN broadcast averaged 1,640,000 viewers, up 20 percent from last year’s Opening Night game on ESPN2.
AUDIO: 2023 NFL Draft Media Call with ESPN NFL Draft Analysts Matt Miller and Jordan Reid
Andscape’s High School Football Documentary Algiers, America: The Relentless Pursuit Set to Debut Exclusively on Hulu April 19
Andscape’s five-part documentary Algiers, America: The Relentless Pursuit will stream exclusively as a Hulu Original beginning Wednesday, April 19. Directed and produced by Jackson Fager (former VICE Media Africa Bureau Chief, HBO’s Fighting ISIS) and Fager Films, and a team of award-winning executive producers, Algiers, America is the first multi-series documentary by The Walt Disney Company’s Black-led platform.
The Professional Fighters League, the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, is set for PFL 1 this Saturday, April 1 on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. The first PFL Regular Season event of 2023 will be live from The Theater at Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas headlined by 2022 PFL Featherweight World Champion Brendan Loughnane, as he looks for his second PFL World Championship, facing off Marlon Moraes.
Soccer on ESPN Platforms: Bundesliga’s Der Klassiker on ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET; Copa del Rey’s El Clásico Wednesday at 3 p.m.
ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes will showcase Der Klassiker, German football’s fiercest rivalry match between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, on Saturday, Apr. 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET with live English (ESPN+, ABC) and Spanish-language (ESPN+, ESPN Deportes) pregame shows. The match will kick at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN will be live from the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Final Four in Houston with live coverage across a number of shows throughout the weekend. The College GameDay crew – host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg – along with reporter Kris Budden will provide insight and analysis leading up to the semifinals and through the National Championship game.
On Sunday, April 2, at 12 noon ET, ESPN will broadcast live and exclusively the inaugural Pickleball Slam featuring tennis legends Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, John McEnroe, and Andy Roddick. The Slam will air immediately ahead of the NCAA Women’s basketball championship game. Created and produced by Horizon Sports & Experiences (HS&E) and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment (ISE), the 2023 event will take place at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
In its 16th year at the Masters Tournament, ESPN is bringing more viewing options to golf fans.
ACC Network will have extensive coverage surrounding the 2023 Men’s and Women’s Final Fours as its signature studio shows Nothing But Net and ACC PM will be live from Dallas and Houston beginning March 30. ACCN will have nearly 20 hours of dedicated programming surrounding Miami in the Men’s Final Four and Virginia Tech in the Women’s Final Four.
On Deck: ESPN’s 34th Season of MLB Coverage Begins with an Exclusive Broadcast of MLB Opening Night Presented by Frontdoor: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros
ESPN’s 34th season of MLB coverage begins with an exclusive broadcast of MLB Opening Night Presented by Frontdoor: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros, followed by ESPN’s first Sunday Night Baseball game of the season, which features the defending National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies and Trea Turner visiting the Texas Rangers and Corey Seager.