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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ProgramNetDayStart-EndViewers (000)
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME LESPNSat08:28P-12:06A6799
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME LESPNSat04:30P-08:28P3962
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    LESP2Sat02:26P-04:22P3495
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME LESPNSat01:00P-04:20P2917
SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESPNSat12:06A-01:00A2163
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD    LESPNSat04:20P-04:30P2071
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    LESP2Sat12:00P-02:26P1254
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        LESPNSat01:00A-02:00A1249
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME LESP2Sat08:19P-08:38P1242
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    LESP2Sat04:22P-06:12P1192
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    LESPNSat02:00A-03:00A905
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    LESP2Sat06:12P-08:19P865
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM LESPNSat09:00A-01:00P846
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME   LENNSat08:09P-08:24P800
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    LENNSat02:09P-02:27P776
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESP2Sat08:38P-10:06P661
NFL MATCH-UPESPNSat03:00A-03:30A643
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPNSat08:00A-09:00A591
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESPNSat03:30A-05:30A515
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPNSat07:00A-08:00A432
UFC RELOADEDFS1Sat08:00P-11:00P432
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BKBLESP2Sat11:00A-12:00P426
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPNSat06:00A-07:00A403
NFL MATCH-UPESPNSat05:30A-06:00A400
E:60ESP2Sat10:06P-11:00P391
NBA REGULAR SEASON   LNBATSat10:12P-12:56A354
NBA REGULAR SEASON   LNBATSat07:32P-10:12P306
BEST OF UFC 2014FS1Sat06:00P-08:00P266
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat09:00P-10:00P251
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat03:00P-04:00P245
NBA POSTGAME SHOWNBATSat12:56A-01:49A240
NHL REGULAR SEASON  LNBCSSat10:07P-12:42A238
SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESP2Sat11:00P-11:30P231
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat04:00P-05:00P226
NHL REGULAR SEASON  LNBCSSat07:33P-10:07P213
NBA TONIGHT     LESP2Sat12:00A-12:30A210
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat10:00P-11:00P196
NFL LIVEESP2Sat09:00A-10:00A191
NFL LIVEESP2Sat10:00A-11:00A187
COLLEGE BASKETBALL LIVEESP2Sat12:30A-01:00A181
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESP2Sat01:00A-03:00A179
SPORTSCENTER FEATUREDENNSat12:00P-01:00P176
NFL AMNFLNSat11:00A-01:00P176
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat08:00P-08:45P169
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat01:59P-02:42P151
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat01:00P-02:00P149
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESP2Sat06:30A-08:00A148
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat07:00P-08:00P145
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat08:00P-09:00P144
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat11:00P-12:00A143
PLAYBOOK PRIMETIMENFLNSat05:00P-06:00P139
NFL MATCH-UPESP2Sat08:30A-09:00A134
PLAYBOOKNFLNSat06:00P-07:00P133
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSat02:00P-03:00P128
NBA GAMETIME LIVENBATSat01:49A-02:07A121
COLINS NEW FTBL SHOWESP2Sat11:30P-12:00A119
PLAYBOOK PRIMETIMENFLNSat12:00A-01:00A119
FOX SPORTS LIVE LFS1Sat11:00P-12:00A114
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORENBCSSat10:00A-12:00P111
SPORTSNATIONENNSat11:00A-12:00P108
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESP2Sat03:00A-04:00A108
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat02:00A-03:00A108
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    LENNSat04:09P-04:22P99
ROAD TO THE CFPESNUSat11:14P-11:45P99
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    LESNUSat12:00P-03:10P98
PLAYBOOK PRIMETIMENFLNSat10:00A-11:00A98
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat10:00P-11:00P95
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    LESNUSat04:00P-07:23P94
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    LESNUSat08:00P-11:14P92
COLINS NEW FTBL SHOWESP2Sat08:00A-08:30A90
NBA PREGAME SHOWNBATSat07:00P-07:32P90
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat03:00P-03:30P90
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat07:00P-08:00P89
NBA REGULAR SEASON RE-AIRNBATSat03:00A-05:30A88
NHL LIVE POSTNBCSSat12:42A-01:06A87
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat04:00P-04:47P86
UFC FROM ALL ANGLESFS1Sat05:30P-06:00P84
OTL – FIRST REPORTENNSat11:00P-11:30P83
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat09:00P-10:00P83
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat02:07A-03:00A82
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat02:00P-02:30P82
NASCAR RACE  HUBFS1Sat04:00P-05:00P80
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat01:00P-01:59P79
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat01:00P-01:30P79
PLAYBOOKNFLNSat01:00A-02:00A77
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIEMLBNSat09:00P-11:00P76
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat01:30P-02:00P76
UFC FROM ALL ANGLESFS1Sat05:00P-05:30P75
NBA ACTIONNBATSat05:30A-06:00A75
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      LENNSat06:00P-07:00P73
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESNUSat06:00A-07:00A73
INSIDE THE NFLNFLNSat09:00A-10:00A73
E:60ESNUSat07:23P-08:00P72
E:60ESNUSat11:00A-12:00P71
FOX SPORTS LIVE LFS1Sat12:00A-01:00A71
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat03:00P-04:00P70
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORENBCSSat08:00A-10:00A69
FIRST TAKEENNSat12:00A-02:00A68
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat05:00A-06:00A68
OLBERMANNENNSat11:30P-12:00A66
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat12:30P-01:00P66
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat04:00A-05:00A66
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESP2Sat06:00A-06:30A65
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat09:00A-10:00A65
NBA SPECIALNBATSat03:30P-04:00P64
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat02:30P-03:00P63
SPARTAN RACENBCSSat02:00P-03:00P63
POLONBCSSat04:00P-05:00P63
ROAD TO THE CFPESNUSat11:45P-12:15A62
2014 RYDER CUPGOLFSat09:00A-06:00P62
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIEMLBNSat03:00P-05:30P62
NHL LIVE PRENBCSSat06:30P-07:33P62
COLL FTBL BOWL PREVIEWESNUSat09:30A-10:00A61
COLL BSKTBL: BIG EAST LFS1Sat12:00P-01:48P61
NBA TV MARQUEE MATCHUPNBATSat04:30P-06:30P61
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGENNSat05:00A-06:00A60
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSat05:00P-06:00P60
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat08:00A-09:00A60
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESNUSat01:15A-04:15A59
FOX SPORTS LIVE LFS1Sat01:00A-02:00A59
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat06:30P-07:00P59
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSat06:00A-07:00A57
ROAD TO THE CFPESNUSat12:45A-01:15A57
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat03:00A-04:00A57
FIRST TAKEENNSat08:00A-10:00A56
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sat06:00A-07:00A56
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat10:00A-11:00A55
NFL TURNING POINTNBCSSat05:00P-06:00P55
SPARTAN RACENBCSSat01:00P-02:00P53
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGENNSat04:00A-05:00A52
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESP2Sat04:00A-06:00A52
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIEMLBNSat01:00P-03:00P52
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORENBCSSat06:00A-08:00A52
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat06:00A-07:00A51
SPORTSCENTER FEATUREDENNSat07:00A-08:00A50
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sat02:00A-03:00A50
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat07:00A-08:00A50
SPARTAN RACENBCSSat03:00P-04:00P50
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat07:00A-08:00A50
ROAD TO THE CFPESNUSat12:15A-12:45A49
E:60ESNUSat03:10P-04:00P49
10FS1Sat02:00P-02:30P49
NASCAR 2015: A NEW ERAFS1Sat03:00P-04:00P49
UFC  RELOADEDFS2Sat02:00P-05:00P49
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESNUSat07:00A-09:30A48
MR. BASEBALLMLBNSat11:00P-12:00A48
NBA GAMETIMENBATSat11:00A-12:00P47
MLB EPIC MOMENTSFS1Sat11:30A-12:00P46
2014 BMW PGA CHPGOLFSat07:00P-11:00P45
JACKIE ROBINSON STORYMLBNSat05:30P-07:00P45
NBA INSIDE STUFF REPEATNBATSat12:00P-12:30P44
NFL TURNING POINTNBCSSat12:00P-01:00P44
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNSat06:00A-07:00A43
SPORTSNATIONENNSat03:00A-04:00A42
ESPNU FILM ROOMESNUSat10:00A-11:00A42
NHL TOP 10NBCSSat06:00P-06:30P39
UFC FS1 FIGHT NIGHTFS2Sat11:00A-02:00P37
2014 BMW PGA CHPGOLFSat12:00A-04:00A37
EARL CAMPBELL-STILL STANDNBCSSat02:06A-03:00A36
SOUND FXNFLNSat08:30A-09:00A35
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSat10:00A-11:00A34
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat06:00P-06:30P34
NFL FILMS PRESENTSNFLNSat08:00A-08:30A34
COLL BSKTBL: BIG EASTFS1Sat03:00A-05:00A33
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat06:30P-07:00P33
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sat09:00A-10:00A32
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSat02:00A-03:00A31
10FS1Sat01:48P-02:00P31
NBA ACTIONNBATSat04:00P-04:30P31
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sat07:00A-08:00A30
STUDIO 42MLBNSat07:00P-08:00P30
BEIN COOL –BEINSat12:00P-12:15P29
FOX SPORTS 1 ON 1FS1Sat02:30P-03:00P29
YARD CRASHERSMLBNSat12:00P-12:30P29
NFL TURNING POINTNBCSSat01:06A-02:06A29
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWNFS2Sat05:00P-06:00P28
UFC FS1 PRELIMSFS2Sat09:00A-11:00A27
PRIME 9MLBNSat01:00A-01:30A27
PRODUCT SHOWCASENBCSSat04:30A-05:00A23
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWNFS1Sat10:00A-11:00A22
PRODUCT SHOWCASENBCSSat03:00A-03:30A22
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sat08:00A-09:00A21
UFC  UNLEASHEDFS2Sat12:00A-01:00A20
FIELD OF DREAMSMLBNSat08:00P-09:00P20
DESPERATE LANDSCAPESMLBNSat12:30P-01:00P20
COLL FTBL BOWL GAMEESNUSat04:15A-06:00A18
UFC MAIN EVENTFS1Sat05:00A-06:00A18
MLB ULTIMATE LINEUPFS1Sat11:00A-11:30A18
UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGONFS2Sat08:00A-09:00A18
JETER MOMENT TO REMEMBERMLBNSat12:00A-01:00A18
BASEBALL SEASONSMLBNSat09:00A-10:00A14
PRODUCT SHOWCASENBCSSat04:00A-04:30A14
EXPRESS XTRA – RBEINSat05:00P-06:00P13
MORNING DRIVE SPECIALGOLFSat08:00A-09:00A13
AMERICAN GRILLEDMLBNSat11:00A-12:00P13
PRODUCT SHOWCASENBCSSat03:30A-04:00A13
PRODUCT SHOWCASENBCSSat05:00A-05:30A13
RUGBYBEINSat03:15P-05:00P12
EXPRESS XTRA – RBEINSat09:00P-10:00P11
MLB ULTIMATE LINEUPFS2Sat07:30P-08:00P11
RUGBYBEINSat09:00A-11:00A10
EXPRESS XTRA – LBEINSat06:00P-07:00P10
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat11:30P-12:00A10
HOME RUN DERBYMLBNSat01:30A-03:30A10
RUGBYBEINSat12:15P-02:15P9
UFC FIGHTERS CUTFS2Sat06:30A-07:00A9
PRODUCT SHOWCASEGOLFSat04:00A-04:30A9
EXPRESS XTRA – RBEINSat11:00A-12:00P8
MLB TIMELINEFS2Sat09:00P-10:00P8
UFC  UNLEASHEDFS2Sat07:00A-08:00A8
UFC MAIN EVENTFS2Sat11:00P-12:00A7
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat11:00P-11:30P7
BASEBALL SEASONSMLBNSat08:00A-09:00A7
RUGBYBEINSat10:00P-12:00A6
EXPRESS XTRA – RBEINSat02:15P-03:15P6
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWNFS2Sat06:00P-07:00P6
EXPRESS XTRA – RBEINSat12:00A-01:00A5
HOME RUN DERBYMLBNSat03:30A-06:00A5
STUDIO 42MLBNSat10:00A-11:00A5
MLB TIMELINEFS2Sat08:00P-09:00P4
COLL BSKTBL: BIG EASTFS2Sat01:00A-03:00A4
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat06:30A-07:00A4
PRODUCT SHOWCASEGOLFSat04:30A-05:00A4
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat05:00A-05:30A4
BASEBALL SEASONSMLBNSat07:00A-08:00A4
PRODUCT SHOWCASENBCSSat05:30A-06:00A4
BEIN COOL –BEINSat08:30A-09:00A3
FANTASY FTBL UNCENSOREDFS2Sat07:00P-07:30P3
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat05:30A-06:00A3
EXPRESS XTRA – RBEINSat01:00A-02:00A2
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS2Sat04:00A-05:00A2
MORNING DRIVE SPECIALGOLFSat07:00A-08:00A2
GOLF CENTRAL SPECIAL RPTGOLFSat06:00A-06:30A2
BASEBALL SEASONSMLBNSat06:00A-07:00A2
RUGBYBEINSat07:00P-09:00P1
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS2Sat03:00A-04:00A1
MLB TIMELINEFS2Sat10:00P-11:00P1
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS2Sat05:00A-06:00A1
BEIN COOL –BEINSat02:00A-02:30A0
FANTASY FTBL UNCENSOREDFS2Sat06:00A-06:30A0

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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