8:13am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: ESPYs Surges With ABC Move (and Caitlyn Jenner)
The ESPYs may be ESPN's award show, but it did much better on sister net ABC.
In the sports kudos' first broadcast move, after years of airing only on the cable network, the three-hour telecast surged 253 percent in overnight scores. It averaged a 6.0 rating in metered markets. That easily made it the highest-rated telecast in the show's history, even ahead of complete details once the nationwide live telecast sees time-zone adjustments for total viewership and adults 18-49.
In addition to trotting out a bevy of sports stars, the ESPYs was notably host to the first live television appearance by Caitlyn Jenner since her recent transition. The Olympian was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.