Be wary of most of the Monday TV ratings numbers you’ll see for the Super Bowl

January 31, 2015

There will be a lot of numbers reported for the Super Bowl on Monday.  Because of the way ratings work and because of the way people work, this can produce some interesting results. You might see headlines or people tweeting “Super Bowl down from 2014!” only to be followed up a few hours later with “Woo hoo! Super Bowl sets ratings records!” Here’s a look at the various ratings you’ll…

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Recent trend: six out of last seven Super Bowls set viewership records

January 31, 2015

Whether you want to chalk it up to gambling, big screen HDTVs, the genius of NFL marketing or something else, the Super Bowl setting viewership records year after year has become the expectation. So much so that NBC is on record saying that it will be a “huge disappointment” if this year’s Super Bowl doesn’t top last  year’s 112.2 million viewership average to set another record. We think that’s a pretty high expectation…

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Kentucky-Missouri, Bulls-Lakers, Maryland-Ohio State lead Cable Sports TV ratings for Thursday January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015

College hoops on ESPN topped the cable sports nets on Thursday with Kentucky’s victory over Missouri averaging 1.755 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Los Angeles Lakers’ double overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls averaged 1.238 million viewers and a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating on TNT. Maryland vs. Ohio State on ESPN averaged 1.192 million viewers and a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating on ESPN. ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption…

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Duke-Notre Dame, ‘PTI,’ Nets-Hawks, Wizards-Suns lead Cable Sports TV Ratings for Wednesday January 28, 2015

January 29, 2015

Notre Dame’s victory over Duke on ESPN2 led all the cable sports nets on Wednesday with 1.816 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption averaged 1.147 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.   The Atlanta Hawks victory over the Brooklyn Nets  on ESPN averaged 1.145 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Phoenix Suns victory at home over the Washington Wizards on ESPN drew 1.142 million viewers and a 0.5…

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‘Pardon the Interruption,’ Nebraska-Michigan lead Cable Sports TV Ratings for Tuesday January 27, 2015

January 28, 2015

ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption averaged 1.082 million viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating to top all the cable sports nets on Tuesday. Nebraska losing to Michigan in Big Ten conference action on ESPN  averaged 928,000 viewers and a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating. Australian Open tennis coverage from 9:27p-2:01a averaged 794,000 viewers.  Around the Horn averaged 746,000 viewers. Cable Sports TV Ratings for Tuesday January 27, 2015: This is sorted from most-watched…

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Syracuse-UNC, Texas-Iowa State, PTI & Around the Horn lead cable sports nets for Monday January 26, 2015

January 27, 2015

ESPN’s coverage of Syracuse at North Carolina averaged 1.848 million viewers and a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating to top all viewing on the cable sports networks on Monday. Next up was Texas at Iowa State on ESPN which averaged 1.232 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. Pardon the Interruption drew 1.125 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. Around the Horn drew 848,000 and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. The ~9p-2a…

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ESPN, as usual, led all cable sports networks for the week ending January 25, 2015

January 27, 2015

Not much to see here (there usually isn’t) but NBCSN was ahead of FS1 for the week in primetime if that interests anyone. But then again, even ESNU was ahead of FS1 in primetime… Primetime rankings for the week ending January 25, 2015 Net Viewers (000) Viewers 18-49 (000) ESPN 2254  1,057 ESP2 543  171 NBCS 351  184 NFLN 200  95 ESNU 185  64 FS1 140  54 NBAT 135  55…

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Pro Bowl, NFL Countdown, NHL All-Star Game lead cable sports networks for Sunday January 25, 2015

January 27, 2015

The Pro Bowl saw its lowest viewing since 2007 when the game aired on CBS on a Saturday night after the Super Bowl,  but with 8.77 million viewers and a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, it still had plenty enough juice to lead the cable sports nets for the day, and all of cable. In fact, significant decrease or no, it was still the most-watched program on all of the cable…

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