PTI, SportsCenter, Around the Horn lead cable sports for Thursday July 23, 2015

 

ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption led a very slow day in the cable sports world with an average of 769,000 viewers. The 11pm and 12am SportsCenters averaged 466,000 and 465,000 viewers respectively. Good enough for 2nd and 3rd place on the day. Around the Horn was 4th on the day in the cable sports world and averaged 412,000 viewers.

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Thursday July 23, 2015:

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ProgramNetEpisodeStartEndViewers (000)18-49 Rtg
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONESPN5:30 PM6:00 PM7690.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESPN11:00 PM12:02 AM4660.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM  LESPN12:02 AM1:00 AM4650.2
AROUND THE HORNESPN5:00 PM5:30 PM4120.2
SHOWCASE GAMEMLBNLAD AT NYM/WAS AT PIT7:00 PM9:42 PM4020.1
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        LESPN1:00 AM2:00 AM3810.2
FIRST TAKE   LESPN210:00 AM12:00 PM3800.2
TOUR DE FRANCENBCSN2015 STAGE 188:00 AM11:40 AM3780.1
PAN AMERICAN GAMES    LESPN22015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES7:00 PM11:00 PM3660.1
TOUR DE FRANCENBCSN2015 STAGE 1811:40 AM12:00 PM3570.1
NFL LIVE                LESPN3:30 PM4:30 PM3420.1
BASEBALL TONIGHT  LESPN10:00 PM11:00 PM3410.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    LESPN2:00 AM3:00 AM3380.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      LESPN6:00 PM7:30 PM3370.2
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEESPN4:30 PM5:00 PM3260.1
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONESPN26:30 PM7:00 PM3010.2
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN1:00 PM2:00 PM2900.1
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORN LESPN26:00 AM10:00 AM2900.1
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN12:00 PM1:00 PM2870.1
NFL INSIDERS  LESPN2:30 PM3:30 PM2770.1
PGA TOURGOLF2015 RBC CANADIAN OPEN2:58 PM6:00 PM2720.0
MLB TONIGHT POSTGAMEMLBNMLBT POSTGAME9:42 PM10:53 PM2620.1
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN11:00 AM12:00 PM2500.1
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN10:00 AM11:00 AM2430.1
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALESPN7:30 PM8:30 PM2180.1
MLB TONIGHT PRIMEMLBNMLB TONIGHT10:53 PM11:55 PM2180.1
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN9:00 AM10:00 AM2170.1
AROUND THE HORNESPN26:00 PM6:30 PM2160.1
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE   LESPN2:00 PM2:30 PM2140.1
OLBERMANN  LESPN25:00 PM5:30 PM2010.1
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPN7:00 AM8:00 AM1860.1
AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAMEMLBNSEA AT DET/BAL AT NYY1:00 PM5:42 PM1760.0
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPN8:00 AM9:00 AM1680.1
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPN6:00 AM7:00 AM1650.1
BONUS COVERAGEMLBNMIA AT SD11:55 PM12:58 AM1640.1
TOUR DE FRANCENBCSN2015 STAGE 188:00 PM11:00 PM1620.0
HIS & HERS  LESPN22:00 PM3:00 PM1610.1
SPORTSNATION        LESPN23:00 PM4:00 PM1610.1
HIS & HERSESPN24:00 PM5:00 PM1530.1
OTLESPN25:30 PM6:00 PM1430.1
GOLF CENTRAL PREGAMEGOLF2:30 PM2:58 PM1430.0
HUMANITARIAN AWARDSESPN8:30 PM9:00 PM1420.1
BASEBALL TONIGHT  LESPN212:00 AM1:00 AM1410.1
IN THE SPORTSLIGHTESPNCOUNTDOWN TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS9:00 PM10:00 PM1400.1
GOLF: SR OPEN CHAMP   LESPN212:00 PM2:00 PM1400.1
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS7:00 PM8:00 PM1360.1
IN THE SPORTSLIGHTESPN2COUNTDOWN TO THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS11:00 PM12:00 AM1340.1
LPGA TOURGOLF2015 MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC12:00 PM2:30 PM1280.0
SPORTSCENTER PRIME    LENN10:00 PM11:00 PM1270.1
PGA TOURGOLF2015 RBC CANADIAN OPEN6:30 PM9:30 PM1230.0
NASCAR RACE HUB LFS13686:00 PM7:00 PM1210.0
PGA TOURGOLF2015 RBC CANADIAN OPEN9:30 PM12:30 AM1210.0
NASCAR WHELEN MOD TOURNBCSNALL STAR4:00 PM5:00 PM1190.0
MLBT ON DECK CIRCLEMLBNON DECK CIRCLE6:00 PM7:00 PM1180.0
CONCACAF GOLD CUPFS1SEMIFNL:USA/JAMAICA11:00 AM1:00 PM1160.0
TRIBUNA INTERACTIVAUDN9:00 PM10:00 PM1160.0
SPORTSCENTER PRIME    LENN9:00 PM10:00 PM1140.0
INTENTIONAL TALKMLBNINTENTIONAL TALK5:42 PM6:00 PM1140.1
NASCAR AMERICANBCSN5:00 PM6:00 PM1110.0
FUTBOL EN SERIO PUNTOUDN10:00 PM11:00 PM1100.0
GOLF CENTRALGOLF6:00 PM6:30 PM1000.0
UNIVISION DEPORTES FC GCUDN8:00 PM9:00 PM980.0
NASCAR WHELEN MOD TOURNBCSNNEW HAMPSHIRE6:00 PM7:00 PM940.0
TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEARESPNUOREGON/OHIO STATE10:00 PM1:00 AM920.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 BROWNS8:00 PM8:30 PM920.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 STEELERS9:30 PM10:00 PM920.0
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 1A12:58 AM1:58 AM910.0
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 2A1:58 AM3:00 AM910.0
CLASSIC GAMESNFLNPHI VS. DAL 9-15-20081:00 PM4:00 PM910.0
TOP 10NFLNDEFENSES4:00 PM5:00 PM880.0
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONENNPTI7:00 PM7:30 PM860.0
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNCLEVELAND 955:00 PM6:00 PM840.0
SPORTSCENTER AM      LENN2:00 PM3:00 PM830.0
RUSSILLO SHOW LENN1:00 PM2:00 PM780.0
GOLDEN BOY CLASSICSFOXDMAYWEATHER VS MAIDANA8:00 PM9:00 PM780.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 BENGALS9:00 PM9:30 PM780.0
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS11:00 PM12:00 AM760.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 RAVENS8:30 PM9:00 PM760.0
UNIVISION DEPORTES FC GCUDN11:00 PM12:00 AM760.0
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNRAY LEWIS6:00 PM7:00 PM750.0
SPORTSCENTER AFT    LENN3:00 PM4:00 PM740.0
NASCAR K&N SERIESNBCSNNEW HAMPSHIRE7:00 PM8:00 PM740.0
HIGH HEATMLBNHIGH HEAT12:00 PM1:00 PM710.0
UNIVISION DEPORTES FC GCUDN7:00 PM8:00 PM710.0
CENTRAL FOX USFOXD11:00 PM12:00 AM700.0
BASKETBALL:ESPNUTHE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT8:00 PM10:00 PM690.0
TOUR DE FRANCENBCSN2015 STAGE 1812:00 PM2:00 PM690.0
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDN12:00 AM1:00 AM670.0
UNIVISION DEPORTES FC GCUDN1:00 AM2:00 AM670.0
TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2015NFLNTOP 100: 50-4110:00 PM11:00 PM660.0
ESPN FCENN6:00 PM6:30 PM650.0
EUROPEAN TOURGOLF2015 OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS9:00 AM12:00 PM640.0
GOLDEN BOY CLASSICSFOXDB HOPKINS VS B SHUMENOV9:00 PM10:00 PM610.0
SPORTSCENTER PRIME    LENN8:00 PM9:00 PM600.0
TOUR DE FRANCENBCSN2015 STAGE 182:00 PM4:00 PM600.0
CENTRAL FOX MEXFOXD1:00 PM2:00 PM580.0
INTERNATIONAL CHAMP CUPFS1LA GALAXY/BARCELONA3:00 PM5:00 PM580.0
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 7A7:00 AM8:00 AM580.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 RAVENS12:30 AM1:00 AM580.0
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO GCUDN11:00 AM12:00 PM570.0
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 8A8:00 AM9:00 AM540.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT2000 WC R1 G4 – JAZZ/SPRSONIC7:00 PM9:00 PM540.0
PASIONUDN4:00 PM6:00 PM540.0
INTERNATIONAL CHAMP CUPFS1NEW YORK RED BULLS/CHELSEA1:00 PM3:00 PM530.0
MORNING DRIVEGOLF8:00 AM9:00 AM530.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 BROWNS12:00 AM12:30 AM530.0
MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNENN10:00 AM1:00 PM520.0
UNIVISION DEPORTES FC GCUDN2:00 AM3:00 AM520.0
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 9A9:00 AM10:00 AM510.0
TIGERS SIXFS19:00 PM10:00 PM500.0
MLB CENTRALMLBNMLB CENTRAL10:00 AM12:00 PM500.0
SPORTSCENTER PRIME    LENN7:30 PM8:00 PM490.0
MORNING DRIVEGOLF7:00 AM8:00 AM490.0
AROUND THE HORNENNATH11:00 PM11:30 PM480.0
AMERICAS PREGAME LFS12875:00 PM6:00 PM480.0
LA ULTIMA PALABRAFOXD12:00 AM1:00 AM460.0
NBA HOME VIDEONBAT1994 HOUSTON ROCKETS11:30 PM12:30 AM460.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNU30 FOR 30: YOUNGSTOWN BOYS1:00 AM3:00 AM450.0
LA ULTIMA PALABRA ENC2FOXD2:00 PM3:00 PM450.0
GREG NORMAN:WHITE SHARKFS110:00 PM11:00 PM450.0
MLB WHIPAROUND LFS11847:00 PM8:00 PM450.0
LPGA TOURGOLF2015 MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC1:00 AM3:00 AM450.0
SPORTSCENTER AFT    LENN4:59 PM6:00 PM440.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNU30 FOR 30: THE U3:00 PM5:00 PM440.0
PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALLNBCSN11:00 PM12:00 AM440.0
FUTBOL EN SERIO PUNTOUDN1:00 PM2:00 PM440.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT1996 WC R1 G4 – SPRSONIC/KINGS5:00 PM7:00 PM430.0
TOP 10NFLNRIVALRIES12:00 PM1:00 PM430.0
COPA ORO 2015 EN 60UDN3:00 PM4:00 PM430.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 STEELERS1:30 AM2:00 AM420.0
UNIVISION DEPORTES FC GCUDN12:00 PM1:00 PM420.0
TEAM HIGHLIGHTSNFLN2014 BENGALS1:00 AM1:30 AM410.0
TOUR DE FRANCENBCSN2015 STAGE 1812:00 AM3:00 AM400.0
FOX GOL MEXICOFOXD10:00 PM11:00 PM390.0
HERD  LESPNU10:00 AM1:00 PM380.0
COPA ORO 2015 EN 60UDN2:00 PM3:00 PM380.0
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONENNPTI11:30 PM12:00 AM370.0
LA ULTIMA PALABRAFOXD2:00 AM3:00 AM370.0
CENTRAL FOXFOXD12:00 PM1:00 PM360.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT1993 WC R1 G5 – JAZZ/SPRSONIC3:00 PM5:00 PM360.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNU30 FOR 30: BERNIE AND ERNIE7:00 PM8:00 PM350.0
CENTRAL FOXFOXD3:00 PM4:00 PM350.0
CENTRAL FOX MEX PRIMEFOXD7:00 PM8:00 PM350.0
GOLF CENTRALGOLF12:30 AM1:00 AM350.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBATALL STAR GAME – 200812:00 PM2:00 PM350.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT2011 WC R1 G4 – DALLAS/PORTLAND2:00 PM3:00 PM350.0
OLBERMANNENNOLBERMANN6:30 PM7:00 PM340.0
UFC FS1 FIGHT NIGHTFS2BISPING/LEITES6:00 PM9:00 PM340.0
90 IN 30BEININTER VS. JUVENTUS1:00 PM1:30 PM330.0
90 IN 30BEINJUVENTUS VS. NAPOLI1:30 PM2:00 PM330.0
SPORTSCENTER AFT    LENN4:00 PM4:59 PM330.0
COURTSIDE CINEMA ON NBATVNBATCLUTCH CITY10:00 PM11:30 PM330.0
NBA SPECIALNBATLOOKING BACK AT GARY PAYTON9:00 PM9:30 PM320.0
90 IN 30BEINPARIS SAINT GERMAIN VS. GUINGAMP2:00 PM2:30 PM310.0
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 6A6:00 AM7:00 AM310.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNU30 FOR 30: RAND UNIVERSITY8:00 AM9:00 AM300.0
COPA LIB SEMI FINALFOXDTIGRES VS INTERNACIONAL5:00 PM7:00 PM300.0
LOCURA DEPORTIVA GCUDN6:00 PM7:00 PM300.0
FIRST TAKE REENN9:00 AM9:30 AM290.0
UFC PRESENTS BREAK GROUNDFS2RONDA ROUSEY3:00 PM4:00 PM290.0
UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGONFS2DILLASHAW/BARAO 29:00 PM10:00 PM290.0
NBA GAMETIMENBATCOUNTDOWN TO CLUTCH CITY9:30 PM10:00 PM290.0
MLB EPIC MOMENTSFS1MAD OCTOBER8:30 PM9:00 PM270.0
COPA ORO 2015 EN 30UDN7:30 AM8:00 AM270.0
HARD KNOCKSNFLN2014 FALCONS EP. 411:00 AM12:00 PM260.0
UFC ROAD TO THE  OCTAGONFS1DILLASHAW/BARAO 210:00 AM11:00 AM250.0
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS7:00 AM8:00 AM250.0
LA ULTIMA PALABRAFOXD4:00 PM5:00 PM240.0
WORLD POKER TOURFS2ALPHA8 ST. KITTS PT110:00 PM11:00 PM240.0
90 IN 30BEINESPANYOL VS. BARCELONA9:00 PM9:30 PM230.0
LA ULTIMA PALABRA ENC1FOXD11:00 AM12:00 PM230.0
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO GCUDN6:00 AM7:00 AM230.0
COPA ORO 2015 EN 30UDN7:00 AM7:30 AM230.0
SUPER ESTADIOUDN8:00 AM11:00 AM230.0
AROUND THE HORNENNATH6:00 AM6:30 AM220.0
CENTRAL FOX WESTFOXD1:00 AM2:00 AM220.0
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS6:00 AM7:00 AM220.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVEESPNU6:30 PM7:00 PM210.0
TOP 25 CFB GAMES OF YEARESPNUAUBURN/WISCONSIN6:00 AM7:00 AM210.0
CENTRAL FOX US ENC1FOXD10:00 AM11:00 AM210.0
WORLD POKER TOURFS2FALLSVIEW POKER CLASSIC PT 311:00 PM12:00 AM210.0
COURTSIDE CINEMA ON NBATVNBATCLUTCH CITY12:30 AM2:00 AM210.0
UFC FIGHTERS CUTFS2TJ DILLASHAW4:30 PM5:00 PM200.0
EUROPEAN TOURGOLF2015 OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS6:00 AM7:00 AM200.0
TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2015NFLNTOP 100: 50-412:00 AM3:00 AM200.0
FIRST TAKE REENN12:00 AM12:30 AM190.0
MLBS BESTFS18:00 PM8:30 PM190.0
UFC  RELOADEDFS2173:BARAO/DILLASHAW12:00 PM3:00 PM190.0
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONENNPTI6:30 AM7:00 AM180.0
FOX SPORTS LIVE: CNTDWN LFS1165312:00 AM1:00 AM180.0
ATHLETICSBEINEAA PREMIUM MEETING – LIEGE 201511:00 AM1:00 PM170.0
FOX SPORTS LIVE LFS1165211:00 PM12:00 AM170.0
CONCACAF GOLD CUPFS2SEMIFNL:USA/JAMAICA12:00 AM2:00 AM170.0
UFC TRAINING DAYFS2TEAM ALPHA MALE4:00 PM4:30 PM170.0
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS8:00 AM9:00 AM170.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNUESPN FILMS: NIXONS NTNL CHAMPS5:00 PM5:30 PM160.0
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS116516:00 AM7:00 AM160.0
NASCAR AMERICANBCSN7:00 AM8:00 AM160.0
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONENNPTI8:30 AM9:00 AM150.0
LA ULTIMA PALABRA EARLYFOXD9:00 AM10:00 AM150.0
UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGONFS2DILLASHAW/BARAO 25:00 PM6:00 PM150.0
FOX SPORTS LIVE LFS116541:00 AM2:00 AM140.0
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNJOE GREENE9:00 AM10:00 AM140.0
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEENNHQ2:30 AM3:00 AM130.0
FIRST TAKE REENN12:30 AM1:00 AM120.0
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS116519:00 AM10:00 AM120.0
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS116542:00 AM3:00 AM120.0
NBA HOME VIDEONBAT1995 HOUSTON ROCKETS2:00 AM3:00 AM120.0
ATHLETICSBEINIAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE – LONDON (DAY 1)11:00 PM1:00 AM110.0
FIRST TAKE REENN9:30 AM10:00 AM110.0
CENTRAL FOX EARLYFOXD7:00 AM8:00 AM110.0
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS116518:00 AM9:00 AM110.0
UFC FS1 PRELIMSFS2BISPING/LEITES6:00 AM8:00 AM110.0
UFC MAIN EVENTFS2132:CRUZ/FABER8:00 AM9:00 AM110.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT1996 WC R1 G4 – SPRSONIC/KINGS8:00 AM10:00 AM110.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT2000 WC R1 G4 – JAZZ/SPRSONIC10:00 AM12:00 PM110.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNUESPN FILMS: ROLL TIDE/WAR EAGLE7:00 AM8:00 AM100.0
AROUND THE HORNENNATH8:00 AM8:30 AM90.0
COLL FTBL SPRING GAMEESPNUFLORIDA STATE1:00 PM3:00 PM90.0
90 IN 30BEINBARCELONA VS. VALENCIA3:00 PM3:30 PM80.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVEESPNU5:30 PM6:00 PM80.0
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNUSEC STORIED: COACH BERNIE6:00 PM6:30 PM80.0
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS116517:00 AM8:00 AM80.0
RED BULL AIR RACEFS2BUDAPEST9:00 AM10:30 AM80.0
TOP 10NFLNPITTSBURGH STEELERS10:00 AM11:00 AM80.0
EXPRESS XTRABEINXTRA WEEKDAY – L10:00 PM11:00 PM70.0
SPORTSNATIONENNSPORTSNATION7:00 AM8:00 AM70.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVEESPNU9:30 AM10:00 AM70.0
TBT HARDWOOD CLASSICNBAT1993 WC R1 G5 – JAZZ/SPRSONIC6:00 AM8:00 AM70.0
90 IN 30BEINMONTPELLIER VS. PARIS SAINT GERMAIN2:30 PM3:00 PM60.0
EXPRESS XTRABEINEXPRESS XTRA – WEEKDAY – R1:00 AM2:00 AM60.0
FIBA BASKETBALL SHOWBEINFIBABASKETBALL6:30 PM7:00 PM50.0
REAL MADRID TVBEINREAL MADRID TV4:00 PM6:00 PM50.0
SPRTSLIGHT ROBIN SPEC OLYENN1:00 AM2:00 AM50.0
90 IN 30BEINJUVENTUS VS. LAZIO7:30 PM8:00 PM30.0
90 IN 30BEINPARIS SAINT GERMAIN VS. STADE DE REIMS8:00 PM8:30 PM30.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVEESPNU9:00 AM9:30 AM30.0
90 IN 30BEINREAL MADRID VS. MALAGA3:30 PM4:00 PM20.0
90 IN 30BEINBASTIA VS. PARIS SAINT GERMAIN8:30 PM9:00 PM20.0
90 IN 30BEINCELTA VS. REAL MADRID9:30 PM10:00 PM20.0
OLBERMANNENNOLBERMANN2:00 AM2:30 AM20.0
STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDFS2LOS ANGELES10:30 AM12:00 PM20.0
FIFA FOOTBALL SHOWBEINFIFA FOOTBALL SHOW6:00 PM6:30 PM10.0
REAL MADRID TVBEINREAL MADRID TV9:00 AM11:00 AM10.0
CENTRAL FOX EARLYFOXD8:00 AM9:00 AM10.0
NASCAR RACE HUBFS23682:00 AM3:00 AM10.0
90 IN 30BEINJUVENTUS VS. NAPOLI7:00 PM7:30 PM00.0
EXPRESS XTRABEINEXPRESS XTRA – WEEKDAY – R6:00 AM7:00 AM00.0
EXPRESS XTRABEINEXPRESS XTRA – WEEKDAY – R7:00 AM8:00 AM00.0
EXPRESS XTRABEINEXPRESS XTRA – WEEKDAY – R8:00 AM9:00 AM00.0
PAID PROGRAMMINGFOXD6:00 AM7:00 AM00.0
NASCAR AMERICANBCSN6:00 AM7:00 AM00.0

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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