Michelle Obama showed up at the 8-11 PM ESPY Awards (1.4/6) on ABC last night to give Special Olympics founder and presidential sibling Eunice Kennedy Shriver the Arthur Ashe Courage Award as politics, Hollywood and the sports world all crossed paths.
However, for all the star power of host Peyton Manning, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston and wins by Vin Scully and Russell Westbrook, last night’s 25th anniversary ESPYs was down 18% among adults 18-49 from last year. Viewership-wise, the sports trophy show dipped just 5% from the 2016 ESPYs to 5.3 million viewers. Overall, the Disney-owned net was tops in both the demo and viewership categories.
Over on CBS, Big Brother (1.9/9) was up a tenth in the demo from last week to be the highest-rated show of the night. In total audience, the Julie Chen-hosted reality series was up a touch from its July 5 show to snare 6.41 million viewers last night.
Not that it could help newbie Salvation (0.7/3), which dropped 63% in the demo from its lead-in. Still, in the realm of summer filler, the 9 PM drama about an asteroid hurtling toward Earth was even in the demo with the June 22, 2016, premiere of the now-canceled American Gothic at 10 PM.
NBC’s Little Big Shots: Forever Young (0.9/4) declined a tenth from its July 7 show, while the also-canceled 9 PM The Carmichael Show (0.7/3) was the same as last week. Also the same were MasterChef (1.04) and The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (0.6/3), both of which matched their demo results of last week.