The heavily anticipated Michael Jordan docuseries, The Last Dance premiered to a sports hungry audience on Sunday night, gathering some huge ratings.
On Monday, ESPN announced that the first two episodes of The Last Dance bought in 6.1 million viewers, becoming the most-watched ESPN documentary content ever. It was also the most-viewed telecast on ESPN since the College Football Playoff National Championship Game earlier this year.
Although it makes sense that the viewership was high since sports have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it far exceeded the expectations of its producers. ESPN has had success with docuseries and documentaries in the past with its “30 for 30” franchise like “OJ: Made in America” and “The U“.