“The 2020 ESPY Awards aired Sunday. But few will be able to recap it.
Only 482,000 viewers tuned in on ESPN and ESPN2. This is the smallest ever and down substantially from the previous low of 1.98 million in 2011.
That’s down 81% from 2014, which was the last time it aired on ESPN, not ABC. Last year’s event averaged 3.9 million.”
This shouldn’t be surprising when you consider the fact that the show was pre-recorded and featured no audience. We don’t have live sports right now, so hosts Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe, and Russell Wilson didn’t present the traditional awards for athletic achievement but instead recognized individuals and organizations for activism and humanitarian efforts, which tied into the recent protests and demonstrations stemming from George Floyd’s death.
I guess that didn’t resonate with viewers at home, since they didn’t tune in.