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Ratings For This New ESPN Show Are Terrible So Far

A close up picture of Michelle Beadle.


We're about a month into ESPN's new morning show, Get UpSo far, the ratings are not good.

The Big Lead took a big look today at the show's ratings for the first month. They are not strong and they appear to be hurting ESPN's 10 a.m. show, First Take.

The early morning timeslot is down nearly 20 percent year over year. At this time last year, ESPN had SportsCenter on in the early mornings. That show cost a lot less to produce, as the salaries for Get Up!'s co-hosts, Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose, approach a combined $15 million.

From The Big Lead:

On the surface, it was a win for Get Up to average 434,000 viewers on Friday morning after the first round of the Draft. However, every silver lining has a touch of gray, as even though this was the most people who watched Get Up in its first month on ESPN, it was a drop of more than 20% versus the corresponding SportsCenter programs last year.

All told, the much-ballyhooed program with Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle, and Jalen Rose was down nearly 18% year-over-year versus SportsCenter for the month of April, while also dragging down the viewership for First Take, which had been making incremental gains for months but finished April down over 6% versus 2017.

It's early, of course. There is plenty of time for the show to get better ratings.

But, we're entering a slow period in the sports calendar. Once the NBA Playoffs are over, this could get rough.

Stay tuned.