Rockets-Warriors, NBA Draft Lottery, Blackhawks-Ducks lead cable sports for Tuesday May 19, 2015

Game one of NBA’s Western Conference Finals with the Golden State Warriors erasing a first half deficit and then holding on to win over the Houston Rockets topped all cable sports programming for the day with 6.848 million viewers and a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. The NBA Draft Lottery that aired prior to the game averaged a record 3.55 million viewers and a  1.5 adults 18-49 rating. That’s up vs….

May 20, 2015
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NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 Overnight Rating Up 8%

Game 1 of the Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference Finals scored a 5.4 overnight household rating on ESPN. That’s up 8% vs. last year’s game 1 when the Western Conference Finals were on TNT and up 38% from 2013 (Spurs-Grizzlies) on ESPN. The game peaked with a 6.5 rating between 11:30-11:45p. In the team’s local markets: Houston: 16.6 San Francisco: 15.6 Viewership numbers should be available around…

May 20, 2015
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Lightning-Rangers, Cardinals-Mets lead cable sports for Monday May 18, 2015

May 19, 2015

With the NBA having the night off, game 2 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals that saw the Tampa Bay Lightning cruise past the New York Rangers 6-2 on NBCSN easily topped all cable sports for the day with 1.858 million viewers. ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball’s coverage of the marathon game where the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 14 innings averaged 1.043 million viewers and a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating….

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ESPN leads, but Fox Sports 1 beats ESPN2 in network rankings for the week ending May 17, 2015

May 19, 2015

Among the sports networks ESPN, as ever, came out on top in the weekly rankings. With both of the weekend’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoff conference finals games on the NBC mothership rather than NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1 took second place honors in viewership (though in primetime NBCSN beat FS1 rather handily among adults 18-49). Note the good showing by Univision Deportes in primetime. Pretty impressive considering it’s in…

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Tigers-Cardinals, NASCAR Xfinity Series lead cable sports nets for Sunday May 17, 2015

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball where the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Detroit Tigers 2-1 was Sunday’s most-watched cable sports telecast with 2.319M viewers. NASCAR Xfinity Series racing in Iowa averaged 1.244 million on FS1. In MLS action on ESPN2 Orlando City SC vs Los Angeles Galaxy averaged 172,000 viewers. The Philadelphia Union vs DC United match on FS1 averaged 153,000 (the ESPN2 telecast lasted 118 minutes, the FS1 telecast was…

May 19, 2015
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NASCAR, HBO Boxing lead cable sports for Saturday May 16, 2015

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup All-Star Race led cable sports on Saturday with an averaged of 3.84 million viewers. The earlier qualifier averaged 1.966 million viewers. HBO’s boxing coverage of the Gennady Golovkin/Willie Monroe Jr. was, as ever, broken up into small chunks by HBO. The most-viewed chunk was from 10:42p-11:02 with an average of 1.338 million viewers. Cable Sports TV Ratings for Saturday May 16, 2015: This is sorted from most-watched to…

May 19, 2015
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Warriors-Grizzlies, Hawks-Wizards lead Cable Sports TV ratings for Friday May 15, 2015

Two game 6s in second-round NBA playoff action on ESPN led Friday cable sports. The Golden State Warriors finished off the Memphis Grizzlies and the game averaged 4.901 million viewers and a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Paul Pierce’s buzzer-beater that would’ve forced overtime…didn’t actually beat the buzzer and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The game averaged 3.054 million viewers and a 1.2 adults…

May 18, 2015
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The Preakness Stakes draws a 5.8 overnight rating, down 8% from 2014

May 17, 2015

Update: the race averaged 8.9 million viewers, down 7% versus 2014. American Pharoah won the second leg of horse racing’s triple crown at The Preakness which drew a 5.8 overnight rating on Saturday. That’s down 7.9% from last year’s 6.3 overnight. While that’s not great news for NBC, American Pharoah’s win certainly was. The difference in the numbers for the Belmont Stakes is vast between having a triple crown contender…

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