ESPYs Crush Ratings: Caitlyn Jenner & Disney’s ABC Deliver
Wednesday’s prime-time live coverage of ESPN’s ESPY awards on Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) ABC Network were watched by an estimated 7.711 million people, over triple the amount from last year’s broadcast on ESPN which garnered 2.55 million. The award show also topped all networks in the coveted demo of viewers age 18-49.
Some of the most memorable moments included Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still & his daughter Leah, who is battling cancer, accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award; a moving tribute to Lauren Hill, the woman’s college basketball player who’s inspired attitude during her battle with cancer influenced athletes everywhere; & Danielle Green the Norte Dame basketball star turned Iraq veteran who lost part of her arm in combat.
U.S Women’s Soccer won the award for Best Team, Steph Curry won the award for Best Male Athlete, and Ronda Rousey won Best Female Athlete, as well as Best Fighter (& best shot at Floyd Mayweather).
And of course, the aforementioned Caitlyn Jenner, accepting the Arthur Ashe award for Courage, in her first public television appearance since the Diane Sawyer interview aired in April. Jenner used the platform to encourage acceptance of the transgender community. Her award was presented by Abby Wambach, captain of the U.S. Women's Soccer team, which beat Japan to win the World Cup in July. The first win since 1999.
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