Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN Settles for Smallest TV Audience Since 2005

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN Settles for Smallest TV Audience Since 2005

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The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN didn't hit an all-time low in TV ratings this year, but the annual July 4 special was unable to crack one million total viewers. Saturday's socially distanced version of the Coney Island staple drew 966,000 viewers, which is the lowest average for an initial airing of the contest since 2005. Back then, the niche "sport" received 860,000 viewers. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held indoors. Travel restrictions narrowed the field of competitors to only five men and five women. Americans Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo . . .

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