In February, Mike Francesa memorably challenged 1050 ESPN to “bring friends and ban everybody you can ban and bring a whole lot more ammunition than you have so far, because you have never gotten close, and you never will, as long as I’m sitting here.’’
In the spring ratings period covering April 2 through June 24, the big guy backed up his strong words. WFAN finished first from 3 to 7 p.m. among men 25-54 with an average of 7.2 percent of the audience, compared to 2.1 for 1050, which ranked 18th.
That was not the only good news for WFAN. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton finished first among men 25-54 in morning drive time by averaging 6.5 percent of the audience, the first time in the station’s history it was No. 1 in that category.
ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning’’ finished 18th at 1.9.
WFAN finished third in the key demographic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a healthy 6.1 rating, and first from 7 p.m. to midnight.