Caitlyn Jenner was a goddess at ESPYs, but others made fashion statements too

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY honor met with mixed reaction.

Siri’s sass and snark are a source of constant speculation and amusement for users of the digital personal assistant from Apple. The first public appearance by Caitlyn Jenner since her transition boosted the ESPY Awards, which aired on ABC for the first time, to predictably larger ratings Wednesday, standing as the night’s top program in both demos and total viewers.

Wednesday’s three-hour show, in which Jenner was honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, averaged a 2.2 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall on the ABC stations from 8 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise a bit in the nationals once all West Coast viewing is accurately included. She is the first transgender person to have ever won the award, using the platform to raise awareness for the struggles that the transgender community faces.

During her speech, she promised ‘‘to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.” ‘‘This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine,’’ said Jenner, who revealed she was in the process of becoming a woman in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC. ‘‘Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect,’’ she said. ‘‘From that respect comes a more compassionate community.’’ Jenner’s speech was met with a standing ovation from many in the audience. In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, which are not affected by time zone differences, the 2015 ESPY Awards averaged a 6.0 household rating, more than triple last year’s telecast on ESPN (1.7) and the best ever for the kudocast, which began in 1993. The selection of Jenner to receive the Ashe award has been controversial, with some suggesting that other athletes were more deserving— and others, like sportscaster Bob Costas, accusing the ESPYs of exploitation and making the selection based on the desire for ratings.

Some of the users on Twitter who disagreed with ESPN’s decision to honor Jenner noted the athletes they thought were more deserving, such as Lauren Hill, a college basketball player who raised money for research while battling cancer herself. Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was down 0.3 from its season high of last week, and lead-out “Bullseye” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) was down a tenth for its finale.

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