EVO 2016 sees higher viewership on Twitch than on ESPN2

by theScore StaffĀ Jul 19 2016
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The television ratings for EVO 2016 on ESPN2 are in, and despite being broadcast on the largest sports network in the world, it was not enough to surpass EVO's Twitch viewership.

EVO 2016 averaged 201,000 viewers on ESPN2. On Twitch, Street Fighter V reached a peak viewership of 208,496. By comparison, the Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC match, which aired on July 17 at 5 p.m. EST on ESPN averaged 322,000 viewers.

Street Fighter V was also not the most popular game streamed on Twitch at EVO 2016, with Super Smash Bros. Melee having a peak Twitch viewership of 232,900 viewers.

This is the first year that EVO has been broadcast on television, though ESPN2's coverage focused solely on Street Fighter V. This is not the first time that ESPN2 has broadcast an esports event, having broadcast Heroes of the Dorm for the past two years. In 2015, Heroes of the Dorm secured a 0.1 Nielsen rating, which translates to 96,000 total viewers.

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ESPN is also not the only network to broadcast esports. TBS' ELEAGUE averaged 509,000 total viewers in its first week on Friday.

EVO 2016 was both the largest Street Fighter V tournament and largest fighting game tournament in history, with 5,107 total entrants.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.