Nebraska/USC, Kentucky/Louisville, BC/Penn State lead cable sports TV ratings for Saturday December 27, 2014

 

The National University Holiday Bowl where USC edged Nebraska easily led all of the cable sports networks (and all of cable) on Saturday with 6.799 million viewers and a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating on ESPN.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl where Penn State eked out a victory over Boston College averaged 3.96 million viewers and a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating on ESPN.

Afternoon college basketball action was second with Kentucky’s victory over Louisville averaging 3.495 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating on ESPN2.

Virginia Tech’s victory over Cincinnati in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman averaged 2.92 million and a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating on ESPN.

College hoops with Alabama Birmingham at North Carolina on ESPN2 averaged 1.19 million viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, Georgetown vs. Indiana averaged 1.254 million viewers and a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating. Gonzaga at BYU averaged 865,000 viewers and a 0.2 adults 18-49 ratng.

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Saturday December 27, 2014:

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Program Net Day Start-End Viewers (000)
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Sat 08:28P-12:06A 6799
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Sat 04:30P-08:28P 3962
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ESP2 Sat 02:26P-04:22P 3495
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Sat 01:00P-04:20P 2917
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN Sat 12:06A-01:00A 2163
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD    L ESPN Sat 04:20P-04:30P 2071
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ESP2 Sat 12:00P-02:26P 1254
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN Sat 01:00A-02:00A 1249
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESP2 Sat 08:19P-08:38P 1242
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ESP2 Sat 04:22P-06:12P 1192
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L ESPN Sat 02:00A-03:00A 905
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ESP2 Sat 06:12P-08:19P 865
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN Sat 09:00A-01:00P 846
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME   L ENN Sat 08:09P-08:24P 800
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ENN Sat 02:09P-02:27P 776
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESP2 Sat 08:38P-10:06P 661
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN Sat 03:00A-03:30A 643
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN Sat 08:00A-09:00A 591
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN Sat 03:30A-05:30A 515
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN Sat 07:00A-08:00A 432
UFC RELOADED FS1 Sat 08:00P-11:00P 432
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BKBL ESP2 Sat 11:00A-12:00P 426
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN Sat 06:00A-07:00A 403
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN Sat 05:30A-06:00A 400
E:60 ESP2 Sat 10:06P-11:00P 391
NBA REGULAR SEASON   L NBAT Sat 10:12P-12:56A 354
NBA REGULAR SEASON   L NBAT Sat 07:32P-10:12P 306
BEST OF UFC 2014 FS1 Sat 06:00P-08:00P 266
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 09:00P-10:00P 251
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 03:00P-04:00P 245
NBA POSTGAME SHOW NBAT Sat 12:56A-01:49A 240
NHL REGULAR SEASON  L NBCS Sat 10:07P-12:42A 238
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESP2 Sat 11:00P-11:30P 231
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 04:00P-05:00P 226
NHL REGULAR SEASON  L NBCS Sat 07:33P-10:07P 213
NBA TONIGHT     L ESP2 Sat 12:00A-12:30A 210
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 10:00P-11:00P 196
NFL LIVE ESP2 Sat 09:00A-10:00A 191
NFL LIVE ESP2 Sat 10:00A-11:00A 187
COLLEGE BASKETBALL LIVE ESP2 Sat 12:30A-01:00A 181
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESP2 Sat 01:00A-03:00A 179
SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ENN Sat 12:00P-01:00P 176
NFL AM NFLN Sat 11:00A-01:00P 176
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 08:00P-08:45P 169
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 01:59P-02:42P 151
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 01:00P-02:00P 149
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESP2 Sat 06:30A-08:00A 148
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 07:00P-08:00P 145
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 08:00P-09:00P 144
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 11:00P-12:00A 143
PLAYBOOK PRIMETIME NFLN Sat 05:00P-06:00P 139
NFL MATCH-UP ESP2 Sat 08:30A-09:00A 134
PLAYBOOK NFLN Sat 06:00P-07:00P 133
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sat 02:00P-03:00P 128
NBA GAMETIME LIVE NBAT Sat 01:49A-02:07A 121
COLINS NEW FTBL SHOW ESP2 Sat 11:30P-12:00A 119
PLAYBOOK PRIMETIME NFLN Sat 12:00A-01:00A 119
FOX SPORTS LIVE L FS1 Sat 11:00P-12:00A 114
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORE NBCS Sat 10:00A-12:00P 111
SPORTSNATION ENN Sat 11:00A-12:00P 108
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESP2 Sat 03:00A-04:00A 108
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 02:00A-03:00A 108
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ENN Sat 04:09P-04:22P 99
ROAD TO THE CFP ESNU Sat 11:14P-11:45P 99
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    L ESNU Sat 12:00P-03:10P 98
PLAYBOOK PRIMETIME NFLN Sat 10:00A-11:00A 98
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 10:00P-11:00P 95
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    L ESNU Sat 04:00P-07:23P 94
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    L ESNU Sat 08:00P-11:14P 92
COLINS NEW FTBL SHOW ESP2 Sat 08:00A-08:30A 90
NBA PREGAME SHOW NBAT Sat 07:00P-07:32P 90
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 03:00P-03:30P 90
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 07:00P-08:00P 89
NBA REGULAR SEASON RE-AIR NBAT Sat 03:00A-05:30A 88
NHL LIVE POST NBCS Sat 12:42A-01:06A 87
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 04:00P-04:47P 86
UFC FROM ALL ANGLES FS1 Sat 05:30P-06:00P 84
OTL – FIRST REPORT ENN Sat 11:00P-11:30P 83
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 09:00P-10:00P 83
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 02:07A-03:00A 82
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 02:00P-02:30P 82
NASCAR RACE  HUB FS1 Sat 04:00P-05:00P 80
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 01:00P-01:59P 79
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 01:00P-01:30P 79
PLAYBOOK NFLN Sat 01:00A-02:00A 77
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIE MLBN Sat 09:00P-11:00P 76
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 01:30P-02:00P 76
UFC FROM ALL ANGLES FS1 Sat 05:00P-05:30P 75
NBA ACTION NBAT Sat 05:30A-06:00A 75
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ENN Sat 06:00P-07:00P 73
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESNU Sat 06:00A-07:00A 73
INSIDE THE NFL NFLN Sat 09:00A-10:00A 73
E:60 ESNU Sat 07:23P-08:00P 72
E:60 ESNU Sat 11:00A-12:00P 71
FOX SPORTS LIVE L FS1 Sat 12:00A-01:00A 71
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 03:00P-04:00P 70
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORE NBCS Sat 08:00A-10:00A 69
FIRST TAKE ENN Sat 12:00A-02:00A 68
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 05:00A-06:00A 68
OLBERMANN ENN Sat 11:30P-12:00A 66
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 12:30P-01:00P 66
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 04:00A-05:00A 66
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESP2 Sat 06:00A-06:30A 65
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 09:00A-10:00A 65
NBA SPECIAL NBAT Sat 03:30P-04:00P 64
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 02:30P-03:00P 63
SPARTAN RACE NBCS Sat 02:00P-03:00P 63
POLO NBCS Sat 04:00P-05:00P 63
ROAD TO THE CFP ESNU Sat 11:45P-12:15A 62
2014 RYDER CUP GOLF Sat 09:00A-06:00P 62
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIE MLBN Sat 03:00P-05:30P 62
NHL LIVE PRE NBCS Sat 06:30P-07:33P 62
COLL FTBL BOWL PREVIEW ESNU Sat 09:30A-10:00A 61
COLL BSKTBL: BIG EAST L FS1 Sat 12:00P-01:48P 61
NBA TV MARQUEE MATCHUP NBAT Sat 04:30P-06:30P 61
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ENN Sat 05:00A-06:00A 60
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sat 05:00P-06:00P 60
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 08:00A-09:00A 60
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESNU Sat 01:15A-04:15A 59
FOX SPORTS LIVE L FS1 Sat 01:00A-02:00A 59
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 06:30P-07:00P 59
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sat 06:00A-07:00A 57
ROAD TO THE CFP ESNU Sat 12:45A-01:15A 57
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 03:00A-04:00A 57
FIRST TAKE ENN Sat 08:00A-10:00A 56
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sat 06:00A-07:00A 56
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 10:00A-11:00A 55
NFL TURNING POINT NBCS Sat 05:00P-06:00P 55
SPARTAN RACE NBCS Sat 01:00P-02:00P 53
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ENN Sat 04:00A-05:00A 52
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESP2 Sat 04:00A-06:00A 52
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIE MLBN Sat 01:00P-03:00P 52
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORE NBCS Sat 06:00A-08:00A 52
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 06:00A-07:00A 51
SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ENN Sat 07:00A-08:00A 50
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sat 02:00A-03:00A 50
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 07:00A-08:00A 50
SPARTAN RACE NBCS Sat 03:00P-04:00P 50
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 07:00A-08:00A 50
ROAD TO THE CFP ESNU Sat 12:15A-12:45A 49
E:60 ESNU Sat 03:10P-04:00P 49
10 FS1 Sat 02:00P-02:30P 49
NASCAR 2015: A NEW ERA FS1 Sat 03:00P-04:00P 49
UFC  RELOADED FS2 Sat 02:00P-05:00P 49
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESNU Sat 07:00A-09:30A 48
MR. BASEBALL MLBN Sat 11:00P-12:00A 48
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sat 11:00A-12:00P 47
MLB EPIC MOMENTS FS1 Sat 11:30A-12:00P 46
2014 BMW PGA CHP GOLF Sat 07:00P-11:00P 45
JACKIE ROBINSON STORY MLBN Sat 05:30P-07:00P 45
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEAT NBAT Sat 12:00P-12:30P 44
NFL TURNING POINT NBCS Sat 12:00P-01:00P 44
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Sat 06:00A-07:00A 43
SPORTSNATION ENN Sat 03:00A-04:00A 42
ESPNU FILM ROOM ESNU Sat 10:00A-11:00A 42
NHL TOP 10 NBCS Sat 06:00P-06:30P 39
UFC FS1 FIGHT NIGHT FS2 Sat 11:00A-02:00P 37
2014 BMW PGA CHP GOLF Sat 12:00A-04:00A 37
EARL CAMPBELL-STILL STAND NBCS Sat 02:06A-03:00A 36
SOUND FX NFLN Sat 08:30A-09:00A 35
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sat 10:00A-11:00A 34
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 06:00P-06:30P 34
NFL FILMS PRESENTS NFLN Sat 08:00A-08:30A 34
COLL BSKTBL: BIG EAST FS1 Sat 03:00A-05:00A 33
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 06:30P-07:00P 33
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sat 09:00A-10:00A 32
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sat 02:00A-03:00A 31
10 FS1 Sat 01:48P-02:00P 31
NBA ACTION NBAT Sat 04:00P-04:30P 31
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sat 07:00A-08:00A 30
STUDIO 42 MLBN Sat 07:00P-08:00P 30
BEIN COOL – BEIN Sat 12:00P-12:15P 29
FOX SPORTS 1 ON 1 FS1 Sat 02:30P-03:00P 29
YARD CRASHERS MLBN Sat 12:00P-12:30P 29
NFL TURNING POINT NBCS Sat 01:06A-02:06A 29
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWN FS2 Sat 05:00P-06:00P 28
UFC FS1 PRELIMS FS2 Sat 09:00A-11:00A 27
PRIME 9 MLBN Sat 01:00A-01:30A 27
PRODUCT SHOWCASE NBCS Sat 04:30A-05:00A 23
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWN FS1 Sat 10:00A-11:00A 22
PRODUCT SHOWCASE NBCS Sat 03:00A-03:30A 22
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sat 08:00A-09:00A 21
UFC  UNLEASHED FS2 Sat 12:00A-01:00A 20
FIELD OF DREAMS MLBN Sat 08:00P-09:00P 20
DESPERATE LANDSCAPES MLBN Sat 12:30P-01:00P 20
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESNU Sat 04:15A-06:00A 18
UFC MAIN EVENT FS1 Sat 05:00A-06:00A 18
MLB ULTIMATE LINEUP FS1 Sat 11:00A-11:30A 18
UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGON FS2 Sat 08:00A-09:00A 18
JETER MOMENT TO REMEMBER MLBN Sat 12:00A-01:00A 18
BASEBALL SEASONS MLBN Sat 09:00A-10:00A 14
PRODUCT SHOWCASE NBCS Sat 04:00A-04:30A 14
EXPRESS XTRA – R BEIN Sat 05:00P-06:00P 13
MORNING DRIVE SPECIAL GOLF Sat 08:00A-09:00A 13
AMERICAN GRILLED MLBN Sat 11:00A-12:00P 13
PRODUCT SHOWCASE NBCS Sat 03:30A-04:00A 13
PRODUCT SHOWCASE NBCS Sat 05:00A-05:30A 13
RUGBY BEIN Sat 03:15P-05:00P 12
EXPRESS XTRA – R BEIN Sat 09:00P-10:00P 11
MLB ULTIMATE LINEUP FS2 Sat 07:30P-08:00P 11
RUGBY BEIN Sat 09:00A-11:00A 10
EXPRESS XTRA – L BEIN Sat 06:00P-07:00P 10
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 11:30P-12:00A 10
HOME RUN DERBY MLBN Sat 01:30A-03:30A 10
RUGBY BEIN Sat 12:15P-02:15P 9
UFC FIGHTERS CUT FS2 Sat 06:30A-07:00A 9
PRODUCT SHOWCASE GOLF Sat 04:00A-04:30A 9
EXPRESS XTRA – R BEIN Sat 11:00A-12:00P 8
MLB TIMELINE FS2 Sat 09:00P-10:00P 8
UFC  UNLEASHED FS2 Sat 07:00A-08:00A 8
UFC MAIN EVENT FS2 Sat 11:00P-12:00A 7
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 11:00P-11:30P 7
BASEBALL SEASONS MLBN Sat 08:00A-09:00A 7
RUGBY BEIN Sat 10:00P-12:00A 6
EXPRESS XTRA – R BEIN Sat 02:15P-03:15P 6
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWN FS2 Sat 06:00P-07:00P 6
EXPRESS XTRA – R BEIN Sat 12:00A-01:00A 5
HOME RUN DERBY MLBN Sat 03:30A-06:00A 5
STUDIO 42 MLBN Sat 10:00A-11:00A 5
MLB TIMELINE FS2 Sat 08:00P-09:00P 4
COLL BSKTBL: BIG EAST FS2 Sat 01:00A-03:00A 4
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 06:30A-07:00A 4
PRODUCT SHOWCASE GOLF Sat 04:30A-05:00A 4
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 05:00A-05:30A 4
BASEBALL SEASONS MLBN Sat 07:00A-08:00A 4
PRODUCT SHOWCASE NBCS Sat 05:30A-06:00A 4
BEIN COOL – BEIN Sat 08:30A-09:00A 3
FANTASY FTBL UNCENSORED FS2 Sat 07:00P-07:30P 3
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 05:30A-06:00A 3
EXPRESS XTRA – R BEIN Sat 01:00A-02:00A 2
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS2 Sat 04:00A-05:00A 2
MORNING DRIVE SPECIAL GOLF Sat 07:00A-08:00A 2
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPT GOLF Sat 06:00A-06:30A 2
BASEBALL SEASONS MLBN Sat 06:00A-07:00A 2
RUGBY BEIN Sat 07:00P-09:00P 1
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS2 Sat 03:00A-04:00A 1
MLB TIMELINE FS2 Sat 10:00P-11:00P 1
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS2 Sat 05:00A-06:00A 1
BEIN COOL – BEIN Sat 02:00A-02:30A 0
FANTASY FTBL UNCENSORED FS2 Sat 06:00A-06:30A 0

Note: viewership of around 100,000 or lower is technically what Nielsen refers to as a “scratch” i.e., not enough Nielsen panelists watched for Nielsen to validate it. There are around 20,000 homes in the Nielsen panel and a bit over 50,000 panelists, where 1 Nielsen panelist watching a whole telecast represents around 5,800 people.  So something averaging a million viewers averaged around 170 people out of the 50K+ panel — small, but still statistically significant. But when there’s a show with 30,000 viewers, that’s only around 5 or 6 Nielsen panelists…

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  1. viewership for sporting events on the broadcast networks that air outside of primetime don’t get reported as fast as they do for the cable networks and those numbers haven’t been released yet, but it had a 2.5 overnight household rating.

    You can see how that stacked up with the other Bowl games’ household ratings on Saturday here:

    http://sportstvratings.com/saturday-college-bowl-ratings-roundup-cincinnati-vs-virginia-tech-az-state-vs-duke-miami-vs-south-carolina-bc-vs-penn-state-nebraska-vs-usc/

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