ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ Recorded Historic Viewership Numbers In Week 1

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April 20, 2020

ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” a docuseries about NBA legend Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, captivated an audience larger than any documentary the network has ever produced.

6.1 million viewers tuned in to Episodes 1 and 2 of the series Sunday night, according to numbers released by ESPN on Monday. The two episodes “are the most-viewed ESPN documentary content ever,” per the network.

The first episode, which aired from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, averaged 6.3 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN2. (The company offered a more PG-friendly version with less bad language on ESPN2.)

The second episode, which aired from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across the two stations, according to ESPN.

Sunday’s episodes were the first two parts of the 10-part series.

The first episode prompted Twitter to roast ex-Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, who was not shown in good light, while the second included a story about current Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, among many other highlights.

“The Last Dance” will continue Sunday, April 26, with Episodes 3 and 4 starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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