North Carolina-Wisconsin, Xavier-Arizona lead cable sports nets for Thursday March 26, 2015

March 27, 2015

NCAA action on TBS of course topped the cable sports landscape on Wednesday with Wisconsin’s victory over North Carolina averaging 6.885 million viewers and a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating and Arizona’s win over Xavier drawing 4.571 million viewers and a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. On CBS the early Wichita St-Notre Dame game averaged 6.96 million viewers & the late West Virginia vs Kentucky Game averaged 8.04 million viewers. Here are last year’s (2014’s)…

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Record-setting Thursday for NCAA games

Thursday’s games averaged a 9.1/16 overnight rating/share, up 30% compared to a 7.0/13 in 2014, based on Nielsen metered market ratings. […] The NCAA Tournament to date across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV is averaging a 7.0/15 overnight rating/share, the highest–ever rating for the event through Thursday’s Regional Semifinals (in the current TV format), up 9% over 2014. More via NCAA.com We’ll post viewership numbers for last night’s game sometime…

March 27, 2015
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Thunder-Spurs, Bulls-Raptors, PTI lead cable sports nets for Wednesday March 25, 2015

March 26, 2015

NBA action on ESPN led the cable sports networks on Wednesday with the Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs game averaging 1.53 million viewers and a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier, the Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors averaged 953,000 viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating Pardon the Interruption averaged 836,000 viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. Cable Sports TV Ratings for Wednesday March 25, 2015: This is sorted…

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PTI, Vanderbilt-Stanford, SportsCenter, Around the Horn lead cable sports nets for Tuesday March 24, 2015

March 25, 2015

ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption averaged  1.052 million viewers viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. In NIT action on ESPN Vanderbilt vs Stanford averaged 726,000 and Miami vs Richmond averaged 576,000. The Around the Horn that saw Pablo Torre muted into oblivion for his pick of Lafayette over Villanova averaged 692,000. A steep drop for day two of Highly Questionable on ESPN. It was down from Monday’s 577,000 to 370,000…

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Baseball alive and well in local markets: 2014 local Regional Sports Network’s MLB ratings

March 25, 2015

The most-watched RSN last season was Fox Sports Detroit, which averaged an 8.58 household rating per telecast. Among household ratings, ranking behind Fox Sports Detroit were ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Pirates) at an 8.49; Fox Sports Midwest (St. Louis Cardinals), 8.23; Fox Sports Kansas City (Kansas City Royals), 7.25; SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland Indians), 6.68; MASN/MASN2 (Baltimore Orioles), 6.25; Fox Sports Wisconsin (Milwaukee Brewers, 5.8; Root Sports Seattle (Seattle Mariners), 5.71;…

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‘Pardon the Interruption,’ Women’s hoops, ‘Around the Horn’ lead cable sports nets for Monday March 23, 2015

March 24, 2015

ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption averaged 1.094 million viewers and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating to lead the cable sports networks on Monday. Women’s NCAA basketball action on ESPN2 was more watched then men’s NIT action ESPN. The 7pm window (Princeton/Maryland) averaged 772,000 viewers and the 9pm window on ESPN2 averaged 812,000 viewers. The 7p NIT window on ESPN drew 602,000 and the 9p window 651,000. Around the Horn averaged 765,000…

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Liverpool-Manchester United Ranks as most-watched early morning Premier League match in U.S. history

Sunday’s NBCSN telecast of Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool averaged 950,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched early morning (before 10 a.m. ET) Premier League match in U.S. television history. Viewership peaked in the 10:45 a.m. ET quarter-hour with 1.2 million viewers. Juan Mata scored both goals for the Red Devils, securing Manchester United’s fourth straight league win and moving the team five points clear of Liverpool to maintain…

March 24, 2015
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In a down week ESPN easily led all cable sports networks for the week ending March 22, 2015

March 24, 2015

Even though TNT and TBS do telecast live sports, we don’t include them in this weekly comparison because it doesn’t make sense to compare Rizzoli & Isles and Big Bang Theory repeats to networks that  focus exclusively on sports. But though it’s not in the table below, fueled by NCAA coverage TNT and TBS easily led all of cable TV in primetime last week with averages of 2.34 million and 2.25 million…

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