Red Sox-Yankees, Manchester United vs Manchester City lead cable sports nets for Sunday April 12, 2015

 

Sunday Night Baseball action on ESPN featuring (surprise!) the Boston Red Sox vs the New York Yankees averaged 2.291 million viewers and a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

In Premier League action the Manchester United vs Manchester City match on NBCSN at 11a ET averaged 1.133 million viewers, which looks to be the Premier League cable record with some room to spare (previous record was 1.0 million done by both NBCSN and ESPN).

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Sunday Sunday April 12, 2015:

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ProgramNetDayStart-EndViewers (000)
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        LESPNSun08:00P-11:35P2291
PREMIER LEAGUE LNBCSSun10:57A-01:04P1133
SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESPNSun11:35P-01:05A784
LIVE FROMGOLFSun09:30A-02:00P734
BSBL TONIGHT: SUN CTDWN LESPNSun07:00P-08:00P643
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM LESPNSun10:00A-02:00P638
PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIONBCSSun10:33A-10:57A617
NHRA DRAG RACINGESP2Sun08:00P-11:00P589
SPORTS REPORTERSESPNSun09:30A-10:00A582
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKNDESPNSun09:00A-09:30A516
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM LESPNSun08:00A-09:00A498
SPORTSCENTER LATEESPNSun01:05A-02:35A469
PREMIER LEAGUE LNBCSSun08:24A-10:33A427
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPNSun07:00A-08:00A426
PBA BOWLINGESPNSun02:00P-04:00P411
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPNSun06:00A-07:00A347
LIVE FROMGOLFSun07:15P-09:48P346
INDYCAR SERIES LNBCSSun02:50P-04:43P341
LIGA MX (EF) SUNUDNSun05:50P-08:00P323
PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL ZONENBCSSun01:04P-02:30P319
SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESP2Sun11:00P-11:30P311
TENNIS: WOMENS PRO      LESP2Sun01:00P-03:35P302
INDYCAR CENTRAL POSTNBCSSun04:43P-05:00P292
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM LESP2Sun09:00A-10:00A283
MECUM AUTO AUCTIONSNBCSSun07:00P-09:00P283
COLLEGE BOWLINGESPNSun04:00P-06:00P278
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER LFS1Sun07:00P-09:32P271
NBA GAMETIME LIVENBATSun08:36P-09:34P264
SPORTS REPORTERSESP2Sun10:30A-11:00A255
AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAMEMLBNSun01:00P-04:24P255
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      LESPNSun06:00P-07:00P238
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCHGOLFSun02:00P-03:00P237
CHEERLEADINGESP2Sun11:00A-11:30A233
MOTOGP WORLD CHAMP LFS1Sun03:00P-04:29P231
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LESP2Sun07:06P-08:00P229
INTERNATIONAL WRESTLINGNBCSSun09:00P-10:32P229
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER     LESP2Sun05:00P-07:06P226
SPORTSCENTER FEATUREDESP2Sun11:30P-12:00A221
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKNDESP2Sun10:00A-10:30A213
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIEMLBNSun08:00P-10:00P213
NBA REGULAR SEASON   LNBATSun09:34P-12:04A205
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORSGOLFSun09:00A-09:30A201
LIVE FROMGOLFSun09:48P-12:21A198
NBA REGULAR SEASON   LNBATSun06:01P-08:36P197
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORSGOLFSun08:00A-09:00A193
CROSSFIT GAMESESP2Sun04:03P-05:00P188
MLB TONIGHT SUNDAYMLBNSun05:00P-08:00P187
INDYCAR CENTRAL PRENBCSSun02:30P-02:50P184
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSun10:00P-11:00P182
MOTOGP MOTO3 LFS1Sun01:03P-02:00P178
INDYCAR CHRONICLESNBCSSun05:00P-05:30P177
PLAYS OF THE WEEKMLBNSun10:00P-11:00P167
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACKFS2Sun03:00P-03:30P165
LIGA MX SUNUDNSun12:50P-03:00P163
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSun09:00P-10:00P160
MOTOGP MOTO2 LFS1Sun02:00P-03:00P159
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSun08:00P-09:00P151
CHEERLEADINGESP2Sun11:30A-12:00P145
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun11:00P-11:28P140
UFC PPV PRELIMSFS2Sun01:00P-03:00P139
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIEMLBNSun11:00A-01:00P137
ESPN FCESP2Sun12:00A-01:00A134
CROSSFIT GAMESESP2Sun03:35P-04:03P133
CHEERLEADINGESP2Sun12:00P-01:00P129
NASCAR THE LISTNBCSSun05:30P-06:00P128
COLL SOFTBALL REG SSN   LESNUSun07:00P-09:18P127
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCRFS1Sun04:29P-07:00P123
NBA REGULAR SEASON RE-AIRNBATSun12:00P-02:30P122
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESP2Sun07:30A-09:00A121
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHP LFS1Sun07:00A-01:03P121
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun12:00A-12:30A119
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSun07:00P-08:00P113
SN MONTHLY JEERSENNSun11:28P-12:00A113
NASCAR K&N SERIESNBCSSun06:00P-07:00P113
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFTNFLNSun12:00P-01:00P109
EXPEDIENTES UDN – LUDNSun08:00P-09:00P107
NBA POSTGAME SHOWNBATSun12:04A-01:00A106
PL MATCH OF THE DAYNBCSSun10:32P-11:31P106
COURTSIDE CINEMA ON NBATVNBATSun03:30P-05:30P105
UFC ROAD TO THE  OCTAGONFS1Sun10:00P-11:00P104
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORENBCSSun11:31P-01:30A101
FOX GOL MEXICOFOXDSun10:00P-11:00P97
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun12:00A-01:00A96
MLBT WEEKEND AFTERNOONMLBNSun04:24P-05:00P94
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORSGOLFSun07:00A-08:00A92
LIVE FROMGOLFSun12:21A-02:53A91
PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIONBCSSun07:30A-08:24A89
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun01:00A-02:00A87
SN MONTHLY JEERSENNSun12:30A-01:00A84
COLLEGE TRACK & FIELDESNUSun11:00P-01:00A84
COLLEGE LACROSSE     LESNUSun12:00P-02:10P84
CENTRAL FOX WKNDFOXDSun11:00P-12:00A84
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun02:00A-03:00A84
NFL GAME REWINDNFLNSun01:00P-01:30P84
NBA PREGAME SHOWNBATSun05:30P-06:01P81
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun09:30A-10:00A80
KOBE BRYANTNBATSun02:30P-03:30P80
PL MATCH OF THE DAYNBCSSun02:00A-03:00A80
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun11:00P-12:00A78
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun10:00A-10:30A78
NFL REPLAYNFLNSun04:30P-05:30P78
LA ULT PALABRA WKNDFOXDSun12:00A-01:00A77
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCHGOLFSun03:00P-04:00P74
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSun04:36P-05:00P73
SPORTSCENTER FEATUREDESP2Sun01:00A-02:00A73
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun10:30A-11:00A73
COLLEGE LACROSSE     LESNUSun02:10P-04:05P72
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun11:00A-11:30A72
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORSGOLFSun06:00A-07:00A70
NFL FOLLIESNFLNSun10:00A-11:00A70
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERFOXDSun07:00P-09:14P69
FOOTBALL LIFENFLNSun07:00P-08:00P69
TOP 10NFLNSun11:00A-12:00P69
COLLEGE SWIMMINGESNUSun09:18P-11:00P68
TOP 10NFLNSun06:00P-07:00P68
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACKFS2Sun03:30P-04:00P66
NFL REPLAYNFLNSun03:00P-04:30P66
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCHGOLFSun04:00P-05:00P64
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun11:30A-12:00P64
CENTRAL FOX WESTFOXDSun01:00A-02:00A63
GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMYGOLFSun07:00P-07:15P62
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun09:00A-10:00A62
NFL REPLAYNFLNSun01:30P-03:00P61
PREMIER LEAGUE DOWNLOADNBCSSun01:30A-02:00A59
LIGA MX EN 60UDNSun09:00P-10:00P59
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESP2Sun06:00A-07:30A58
PLAYS OF THE WEEKMLBNSun01:00A-02:00A57
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM LENNSun05:00P-06:00P56
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun10:00A-11:00A55
SOUND FXNFLNSun05:30P-06:00P55
SPORTSCENTER FEATUREDESP2Sun02:00A-02:30A54
GARBAGE TIME KATIE NOLANFS1Sun09:32P-10:00P54
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACKFS2Sun06:30P-07:00P54
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun09:00A-09:30A54
REPUBLICA DEPORTIVA SUNUDNSun03:00P-04:00P54
GAME CHANGERSNFLNSun11:30P-12:00A52
GAME CHANGERSNFLNSun11:00P-11:30P51
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun02:00A-03:00A49
COLL SOFTBALL REG SSNESNUSun01:00A-03:00A47
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun07:00A-07:30A46
CENTRAL FOX US – RFOXDSun02:00A-03:00A45
TOP 10NFLNSun08:00A-09:00A45
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDNSun02:00A-03:00A45
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun01:00A-01:30A44
FOX DEPORTES EN VIVOFOXDSun09:14P-10:00P44
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCHGOLFSun05:00P-06:00P44
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun06:30A-07:00A44
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun08:30A-09:00A44
TOP 10NFLNSun06:00A-07:00A43
NFL FOLLIESNFLNSun09:00A-10:00A43
MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPFS2Sun09:00P-10:29P41
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun08:00A-09:00A41
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun07:00A-08:00A41
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUEUVSOSun08:25A-10:32A41
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun06:00A-06:30A40
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFTNFLNSun01:00A-02:00A40
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFTNFLNSun10:00P-11:00P40
GAME CHANGERSNFLNSun08:30P-09:00P40
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFTNFLNSun12:00A-01:00A40
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun08:00A-08:30A39
TOP 10NFLNSun07:00A-08:00A39
UFC MAIN EVENTFS2Sun04:00P-05:00P38
NBA GAMETIMENBATSun07:30A-08:00A38
FUTBOL CENTRAL (DT) SUNUDNSun05:00P-05:50P38
FOX SPORTS LIVE LFS1Sun11:00P-12:00A37
UFC MAIN EVENTFS2Sun06:00P-06:30P37
QUICK PITCHMLBNSun06:00A-07:00A37
SPORTS REPORTERSENNSun12:30P-01:00P36
UFC  UNLEASHEDFS2Sun05:00P-06:00P36
MOTOGP MOTO2FS2Sun08:00P-09:00P35
FUTBOL CENTRAL SUNUDNSun12:00P-12:50P35
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSun10:30A-11:00A34
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun06:00P-06:30P33
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDNSun11:00P-12:00A33
LIGA MX EN 60UDNSun01:00A-02:00A33
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSun09:30A-10:00A32
CENTRAL FOX WKND EARLYFOXDSun12:00P-01:00P32
UCL 12-13 QTRFNLS – RFOXDSun10:00A-12:00P32
LIGA MX EN 60UDNSun04:00P-05:00P32
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSun09:00A-09:30A31
NBA D LEAGUE PLAYOFFS LENNSun02:00P-04:36P31
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKNDENNSun11:00A-11:30A31
SPORTSCENTERUESNUSun08:30A-09:00A31
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sun06:00A-07:00A31
PL MATCH OF THE DAYNBCSSun06:30A-07:30A31
GAME CHANGERSNFLNSun08:00P-08:30P31
SPORTS REPORTERSENNSun11:30A-12:00P30
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFTNFLNSun09:00P-10:00P30
LA ULT PALABRA WKND ENCFOXDSun09:00A-10:00A29
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCHGOLFSun06:00P-07:00P29
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKNDENNSun01:00P-01:30P28
COLLEGE BASEBALL        LESNUSun04:05P-07:00P28
SN MONTHLY JEERSENNSun02:30A-03:00A27
UCL 12-13 QTRFNLS – RFOXDSun04:00P-06:00P27
MOTOGP MOTO3FS2Sun07:00P-08:00P27
SOMOS MLSUDNSun10:00P-11:00P27
SN MONTHLY JEERSENNSun06:30P-07:00P26
CENTRAL FOX WKND AM-RFOXDSun08:00A-09:00A26
NBA TONIGHTENNSun08:30A-09:00A25
SPORTSCENTER SPECIALENNSun10:00A-10:30A25
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sun12:00A-01:00A24
REPUBLICA DEPORTIVA 2 SUNUDNSun12:00A-01:00A24
NCAA HOCKEY CHAMPESNUSun09:00A-12:00P23
UFC MAIN EVENTFS2Sun12:30P-01:00P22
BPL WORLDUVSOSun08:00A-08:25A22
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun02:00A-02:30A21
PREMIER BOXING ON UNVSOUVSOSun01:00P-03:00P21
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKNDENNSun12:00P-12:30P20
SPORTSCENTERUESNUSun08:00A-08:30A20
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCRFS2Sun10:29P-01:00A20
SERIE A – LBEINSun02:40P-04:45P19
90 IN 30 –BEINSun01:00P-01:30P18
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACKFS2Sun07:00A-07:30A18
SN MONTHLY JEERSENNSun01:30A-02:00A17
UFC  UNLEASHEDFS2Sun06:00A-07:00A17
FIA FORMULA1 CMP MNDL (R)UDNSun09:00A-11:00A17
EXPRESS PREGAME – LBEINSun02:30P-02:40P16
AROUND THE HORNENNSun01:30P-02:00P15
CENTRAL FOX WKND MIDFOXDSun03:00P-04:00P15
RED BULL CRASHED ICEFS2Sun09:00A-10:00A15
SPORTSCENTERUESNUSun07:30A-08:00A13
RED BULL  X-FIGHTERSFS2Sun07:30A-09:00A12
MEN IN BLAZERSNBCSSun06:00A-06:30A11
LA LIGA BBVA-R-BEINSun10:00P-12:00A10
90 IN 30 –BEINSun01:30P-02:00P10
90 IN 30 –BEINSun02:00P-02:30P10
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sun01:00A-02:00A10
BALL UPFS2Sun01:00A-02:00A10
RED BULL AIR RACEFS2Sun10:00A-11:30A10
LIGA MX EN 60UDNSun11:00A-12:00P10
EXPRESS XTRA WKND – RBEINSun09:00P-10:00P8
SERIE A – LBEINSun08:55A-11:00A8
SPORTSCENTER FEATUREDENNSun07:00A-08:00A8
VOLVO OCEAN RACEUDNSun08:30A-09:00A8
COPA LIB GROUP STAGE – RFOXDSun01:00P-03:00P7
SERIE A – LBEINSun11:00A-01:00P6
90 IN 30 –BEINSun05:30P-06:00P6
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun06:00A-06:30A5
SN MONTHLY JEERSENNSun06:30A-07:00A5
SPORTSCENTERUESNUSun07:00A-07:30A5
NBA ACTIONUDNSun08:00A-08:30A5
GILLETTE WORLD SPORTUDNSun07:00A-07:30A5
VOLVO OCEAN RACEUDNSun07:30A-08:00A5
MOTORSPORTSBEINSun12:00A-02:00A4
EXPRESS WRAPUP  – LBEINSun04:45P-05:00P4
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10ENNSun08:00A-08:30A4
SPORTSCENTERUESNUSun06:00A-06:30A4
INSIDE MONSTER JAMFS2Sun02:00A-03:00A4
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDNSun06:00A-07:00A4
90 IN 30 –BEINSun05:00P-05:30P3
SPORTSCENTERUESNUSun06:30A-07:00A3
CENTRAL FOX WKND AM-RFOXDSun07:00A-08:00A3
PAID PROGRAMMINGFOXDSun06:00A-07:00A3
UEFA CL SEMANALFOXDSun06:00P-06:30P3
EXPRESS PREGAME – LBEINSun08:45A-08:55A2
FOX DEPORTES EN VIVOFOXDSun06:30P-07:00P2
FOX SPORTS LIVEFS1Sun02:00A-03:00A2
RUGBYBEINSun07:00P-09:00P1
UCL MAGAZINEFS2Sun11:30A-12:00P1
EXPRESS XTRA WKND – LBEINSun06:00P-07:00P0
LA LIGA WORLD –BEINSun08:30A-08:45A0
90 IN 30 –BEINSun02:00A-02:30A0
UFC MAIN EVENTFS2Sun12:00P-12:30P0

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…

This article has 2 Comments

  1. Manchester derby: 1.133m total viewers
    Sunday MLS games: 566k total viewers

    Rational consumer decision, jack.

    Really though, given all the fanfare and the dramatics surrounding the new MLS season (and its much ballyhooed TV deal), you’d think their viewership numbers would be much better. But alas, competition exists.

    1. We’re guessing like baseball, you will see the “maybe not nationally, but locally it’s doing great” push, which is certainly true in many baseball markets.

      Also: there’s no good apples-to-apples comparison but fairer in your comparison to average the two MLS games than add them together.

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