For the first time since like mid-March, sports fans actually got to watch something that was sports related in the form of ESPN’s 10-part documentary, “The Last Dance,” which chronicled Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls.
It premiered on Sunday with Episodes 1 and 2 and the ratings showed that fans tuned in to watch it.
John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reported that Episode 1 averaged 6.3 million viewers and Episode 2 averaged 5.8 million viewers.
Here’s what it did numbers wise in the city of Chicago, via Chicago Tribune:
“The vast majority of the Chicago homes watching “Last Dance,” did so on ESPN (household ratings of 11.2 and 10.4) rather than the sanitized ESPN2 presentation (1.4 and 1.3).”
The ten-part series was originally scheduled to air during the NBA Finals in June but was pushed up two months to fill the void in the sports calendar created by the coronavirus pandemic. It looks like that was a great idea.