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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Program Net Day Start-End Viewers (000)
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN Sun 08:00P-11:35P 2291
PREMIER LEAGUE L NBCS Sun 10:57A-01:04P 1133
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN Sun 11:35P-01:05A 784
LIVE FROM GOLF Sun 09:30A-02:00P 734
BSBL TONIGHT: SUN CTDWN L ESPN Sun 07:00P-08:00P 643
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN Sun 10:00A-02:00P 638
PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBCS Sun 10:33A-10:57A 617
NHRA DRAG RACING ESP2 Sun 08:00P-11:00P 589
SPORTS REPORTERS ESPN Sun 09:30A-10:00A 582
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ESPN Sun 09:00A-09:30A 516
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN Sun 08:00A-09:00A 498
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Sun 01:05A-02:35A 469
PREMIER LEAGUE L NBCS Sun 08:24A-10:33A 427
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN Sun 07:00A-08:00A 426
PBA BOWLING ESPN Sun 02:00P-04:00P 411
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN Sun 06:00A-07:00A 347
LIVE FROM GOLF Sun 07:15P-09:48P 346
INDYCAR SERIES L NBCS Sun 02:50P-04:43P 341
LIGA MX (EF) SUN UDN Sun 05:50P-08:00P 323
PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL ZONE NBCS Sun 01:04P-02:30P 319
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESP2 Sun 11:00P-11:30P 311
TENNIS: WOMENS PRO      L ESP2 Sun 01:00P-03:35P 302
INDYCAR CENTRAL POST NBCS Sun 04:43P-05:00P 292
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESP2 Sun 09:00A-10:00A 283
MECUM AUTO AUCTIONS NBCS Sun 07:00P-09:00P 283
COLLEGE BOWLING ESPN Sun 04:00P-06:00P 278
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER L FS1 Sun 07:00P-09:32P 271
NBA GAMETIME LIVE NBAT Sun 08:36P-09:34P 264
SPORTS REPORTERS ESP2 Sun 10:30A-11:00A 255
AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAME MLBN Sun 01:00P-04:24P 255
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN Sun 06:00P-07:00P 238
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCH GOLF Sun 02:00P-03:00P 237
CHEERLEADING ESP2 Sun 11:00A-11:30A 233
MOTOGP WORLD CHAMP L FS1 Sun 03:00P-04:29P 231
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ESP2 Sun 07:06P-08:00P 229
INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING NBCS Sun 09:00P-10:32P 229
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER     L ESP2 Sun 05:00P-07:06P 226
SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ESP2 Sun 11:30P-12:00A 221
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ESP2 Sun 10:00A-10:30A 213
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIE MLBN Sun 08:00P-10:00P 213
NBA REGULAR SEASON   L NBAT Sun 09:34P-12:04A 205
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORS GOLF Sun 09:00A-09:30A 201
LIVE FROM GOLF Sun 09:48P-12:21A 198
NBA REGULAR SEASON   L NBAT Sun 06:01P-08:36P 197
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORS GOLF Sun 08:00A-09:00A 193
CROSSFIT GAMES ESP2 Sun 04:03P-05:00P 188
MLB TONIGHT SUNDAY MLBN Sun 05:00P-08:00P 187
INDYCAR CENTRAL PRE NBCS Sun 02:30P-02:50P 184
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sun 10:00P-11:00P 182
MOTOGP MOTO3 L FS1 Sun 01:03P-02:00P 178
INDYCAR CHRONICLES NBCS Sun 05:00P-05:30P 177
PLAYS OF THE WEEK MLBN Sun 10:00P-11:00P 167
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK FS2 Sun 03:00P-03:30P 165
LIGA MX SUN UDN Sun 12:50P-03:00P 163
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sun 09:00P-10:00P 160
MOTOGP MOTO2 L FS1 Sun 02:00P-03:00P 159
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sun 08:00P-09:00P 151
CHEERLEADING ESP2 Sun 11:30A-12:00P 145
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 11:00P-11:28P 140
UFC PPV PRELIMS FS2 Sun 01:00P-03:00P 139
BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIE MLBN Sun 11:00A-01:00P 137
ESPN FC ESP2 Sun 12:00A-01:00A 134
CROSSFIT GAMES ESP2 Sun 03:35P-04:03P 133
CHEERLEADING ESP2 Sun 12:00P-01:00P 129
NASCAR THE LIST NBCS Sun 05:30P-06:00P 128
COLL SOFTBALL REG SSN   L ESNU Sun 07:00P-09:18P 127
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCR FS1 Sun 04:29P-07:00P 123
NBA REGULAR SEASON RE-AIR NBAT Sun 12:00P-02:30P 122
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESP2 Sun 07:30A-09:00A 121
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHP L FS1 Sun 07:00A-01:03P 121
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 12:00A-12:30A 119
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sun 07:00P-08:00P 113
SN MONTHLY JEERS ENN Sun 11:28P-12:00A 113
NASCAR K&N SERIES NBCS Sun 06:00P-07:00P 113
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT NFLN Sun 12:00P-01:00P 109
EXPEDIENTES UDN – L UDN Sun 08:00P-09:00P 107
NBA POSTGAME SHOW NBAT Sun 12:04A-01:00A 106
PL MATCH OF THE DAY NBCS Sun 10:32P-11:31P 106
COURTSIDE CINEMA ON NBATV NBAT Sun 03:30P-05:30P 105
UFC ROAD TO THE  OCTAGON FS1 Sun 10:00P-11:00P 104
PREMIER LEAGUE ENCORE NBCS Sun 11:31P-01:30A 101
FOX GOL MEXICO FOXD Sun 10:00P-11:00P 97
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 12:00A-01:00A 96
MLBT WEEKEND AFTERNOON MLBN Sun 04:24P-05:00P 94
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORS GOLF Sun 07:00A-08:00A 92
LIVE FROM GOLF Sun 12:21A-02:53A 91
PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBCS Sun 07:30A-08:24A 89
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 01:00A-02:00A 87
SN MONTHLY JEERS ENN Sun 12:30A-01:00A 84
COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD ESNU Sun 11:00P-01:00A 84
COLLEGE LACROSSE     L ESNU Sun 12:00P-02:10P 84
CENTRAL FOX WKND FOXD Sun 11:00P-12:00A 84
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 02:00A-03:00A 84
NFL GAME REWIND NFLN Sun 01:00P-01:30P 84
NBA PREGAME SHOW NBAT Sun 05:30P-06:01P 81
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 09:30A-10:00A 80
KOBE BRYANT NBAT Sun 02:30P-03:30P 80
PL MATCH OF THE DAY NBCS Sun 02:00A-03:00A 80
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 11:00P-12:00A 78
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 10:00A-10:30A 78
NFL REPLAY NFLN Sun 04:30P-05:30P 78
LA ULT PALABRA WKND FOXD Sun 12:00A-01:00A 77
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCH GOLF Sun 03:00P-04:00P 74
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sun 04:36P-05:00P 73
SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ESP2 Sun 01:00A-02:00A 73
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 10:30A-11:00A 73
COLLEGE LACROSSE     L ESNU Sun 02:10P-04:05P 72
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 11:00A-11:30A 72
MORNING DRIVE AT MAJORS GOLF Sun 06:00A-07:00A 70
NFL FOLLIES NFLN Sun 10:00A-11:00A 70
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER FOXD Sun 07:00P-09:14P 69
FOOTBALL LIFE NFLN Sun 07:00P-08:00P 69
TOP 10 NFLN Sun 11:00A-12:00P 69
COLLEGE SWIMMING ESNU Sun 09:18P-11:00P 68
TOP 10 NFLN Sun 06:00P-07:00P 68
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK FS2 Sun 03:30P-04:00P 66
NFL REPLAY NFLN Sun 03:00P-04:30P 66
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCH GOLF Sun 04:00P-05:00P 64
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 11:30A-12:00P 64
CENTRAL FOX WEST FOXD Sun 01:00A-02:00A 63
GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY GOLF Sun 07:00P-07:15P 62
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 09:00A-10:00A 62
NFL REPLAY NFLN Sun 01:30P-03:00P 61
PREMIER LEAGUE DOWNLOAD NBCS Sun 01:30A-02:00A 59
LIGA MX EN 60 UDN Sun 09:00P-10:00P 59
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESP2 Sun 06:00A-07:30A 58
PLAYS OF THE WEEK MLBN Sun 01:00A-02:00A 57
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ENN Sun 05:00P-06:00P 56
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 10:00A-11:00A 55
SOUND FX NFLN Sun 05:30P-06:00P 55
SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ESP2 Sun 02:00A-02:30A 54
GARBAGE TIME KATIE NOLAN FS1 Sun 09:32P-10:00P 54
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK FS2 Sun 06:30P-07:00P 54
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 09:00A-09:30A 54
REPUBLICA DEPORTIVA SUN UDN Sun 03:00P-04:00P 54
GAME CHANGERS NFLN Sun 11:30P-12:00A 52
GAME CHANGERS NFLN Sun 11:00P-11:30P 51
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 02:00A-03:00A 49
COLL SOFTBALL REG SSN ESNU Sun 01:00A-03:00A 47
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 07:00A-07:30A 46
CENTRAL FOX US – R FOXD Sun 02:00A-03:00A 45
TOP 10 NFLN Sun 08:00A-09:00A 45
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UDN Sun 02:00A-03:00A 45
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 01:00A-01:30A 44
FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO FOXD Sun 09:14P-10:00P 44
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCH GOLF Sun 05:00P-06:00P 44
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 06:30A-07:00A 44
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 08:30A-09:00A 44
TOP 10 NFLN Sun 06:00A-07:00A 43
NFL FOLLIES NFLN Sun 09:00A-10:00A 43
MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FS2 Sun 09:00P-10:29P 41
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 08:00A-09:00A 41
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 07:00A-08:00A 41
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE UVSO Sun 08:25A-10:32A 41
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 06:00A-06:30A 40
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT NFLN Sun 01:00A-02:00A 40
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT NFLN Sun 10:00P-11:00P 40
GAME CHANGERS NFLN Sun 08:30P-09:00P 40
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT NFLN Sun 12:00A-01:00A 40
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 08:00A-08:30A 39
TOP 10 NFLN Sun 07:00A-08:00A 39
UFC MAIN EVENT FS2 Sun 04:00P-05:00P 38
NBA GAMETIME NBAT Sun 07:30A-08:00A 38
FUTBOL CENTRAL (DT) SUN UDN Sun 05:00P-05:50P 38
FOX SPORTS LIVE L FS1 Sun 11:00P-12:00A 37
UFC MAIN EVENT FS2 Sun 06:00P-06:30P 37
QUICK PITCH MLBN Sun 06:00A-07:00A 37
SPORTS REPORTERS ENN Sun 12:30P-01:00P 36
UFC  UNLEASHED FS2 Sun 05:00P-06:00P 36
MOTOGP MOTO2 FS2 Sun 08:00P-09:00P 35
FUTBOL CENTRAL SUN UDN Sun 12:00P-12:50P 35
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sun 10:30A-11:00A 34
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 06:00P-06:30P 33
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UDN Sun 11:00P-12:00A 33
LIGA MX EN 60 UDN Sun 01:00A-02:00A 33
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sun 09:30A-10:00A 32
CENTRAL FOX WKND EARLY FOXD Sun 12:00P-01:00P 32
UCL 12-13 QTRFNLS – R FOXD Sun 10:00A-12:00P 32
LIGA MX EN 60 UDN Sun 04:00P-05:00P 32
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sun 09:00A-09:30A 31
NBA D LEAGUE PLAYOFFS L ENN Sun 02:00P-04:36P 31
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ENN Sun 11:00A-11:30A 31
SPORTSCENTERU ESNU Sun 08:30A-09:00A 31
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sun 06:00A-07:00A 31
PL MATCH OF THE DAY NBCS Sun 06:30A-07:30A 31
GAME CHANGERS NFLN Sun 08:00P-08:30P 31
SPORTS REPORTERS ENN Sun 11:30A-12:00P 30
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT NFLN Sun 09:00P-10:00P 30
LA ULT PALABRA WKND ENC FOXD Sun 09:00A-10:00A 29
BIG BREAK XXIII: PALM BCH GOLF Sun 06:00P-07:00P 29
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ENN Sun 01:00P-01:30P 28
COLLEGE BASEBALL        L ESNU Sun 04:05P-07:00P 28
SN MONTHLY JEERS ENN Sun 02:30A-03:00A 27
UCL 12-13 QTRFNLS – R FOXD Sun 04:00P-06:00P 27
MOTOGP MOTO3 FS2 Sun 07:00P-08:00P 27
SOMOS MLS UDN Sun 10:00P-11:00P 27
SN MONTHLY JEERS ENN Sun 06:30P-07:00P 26
CENTRAL FOX WKND AM-R FOXD Sun 08:00A-09:00A 26
NBA TONIGHT ENN Sun 08:30A-09:00A 25
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ENN Sun 10:00A-10:30A 25
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sun 12:00A-01:00A 24
REPUBLICA DEPORTIVA 2 SUN UDN Sun 12:00A-01:00A 24
NCAA HOCKEY CHAMP ESNU Sun 09:00A-12:00P 23
UFC MAIN EVENT FS2 Sun 12:30P-01:00P 22
BPL WORLD UVSO Sun 08:00A-08:25A 22
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 02:00A-02:30A 21
PREMIER BOXING ON UNVSO UVSO Sun 01:00P-03:00P 21
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ENN Sun 12:00P-12:30P 20
SPORTSCENTERU ESNU Sun 08:00A-08:30A 20
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCR FS2 Sun 10:29P-01:00A 20
SERIE A – L BEIN Sun 02:40P-04:45P 19
90 IN 30 – BEIN Sun 01:00P-01:30P 18
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK FS2 Sun 07:00A-07:30A 18
SN MONTHLY JEERS ENN Sun 01:30A-02:00A 17
UFC  UNLEASHED FS2 Sun 06:00A-07:00A 17
FIA FORMULA1 CMP MNDL (R) UDN Sun 09:00A-11:00A 17
EXPRESS PREGAME – L BEIN Sun 02:30P-02:40P 16
AROUND THE HORN ENN Sun 01:30P-02:00P 15
CENTRAL FOX WKND MID FOXD Sun 03:00P-04:00P 15
RED BULL CRASHED ICE FS2 Sun 09:00A-10:00A 15
SPORTSCENTERU ESNU Sun 07:30A-08:00A 13
RED BULL  X-FIGHTERS FS2 Sun 07:30A-09:00A 12
MEN IN BLAZERS NBCS Sun 06:00A-06:30A 11
LA LIGA BBVA-R- BEIN Sun 10:00P-12:00A 10
90 IN 30 – BEIN Sun 01:30P-02:00P 10
90 IN 30 – BEIN Sun 02:00P-02:30P 10
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sun 01:00A-02:00A 10
BALL UP FS2 Sun 01:00A-02:00A 10
RED BULL AIR RACE FS2 Sun 10:00A-11:30A 10
LIGA MX EN 60 UDN Sun 11:00A-12:00P 10
EXPRESS XTRA WKND – R BEIN Sun 09:00P-10:00P 8
SERIE A – L BEIN Sun 08:55A-11:00A 8
SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ENN Sun 07:00A-08:00A 8
VOLVO OCEAN RACE UDN Sun 08:30A-09:00A 8
COPA LIB GROUP STAGE – R FOXD Sun 01:00P-03:00P 7
SERIE A – L BEIN Sun 11:00A-01:00P 6
90 IN 30 – BEIN Sun 05:30P-06:00P 6
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 06:00A-06:30A 5
SN MONTHLY JEERS ENN Sun 06:30A-07:00A 5
SPORTSCENTERU ESNU Sun 07:00A-07:30A 5
NBA ACTION UDN Sun 08:00A-08:30A 5
GILLETTE WORLD SPORT UDN Sun 07:00A-07:30A 5
VOLVO OCEAN RACE UDN Sun 07:30A-08:00A 5
MOTORSPORTS BEIN Sun 12:00A-02:00A 4
EXPRESS WRAPUP  – L BEIN Sun 04:45P-05:00P 4
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ENN Sun 08:00A-08:30A 4
SPORTSCENTERU ESNU Sun 06:00A-06:30A 4
INSIDE MONSTER JAM FS2 Sun 02:00A-03:00A 4
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UDN Sun 06:00A-07:00A 4
90 IN 30 – BEIN Sun 05:00P-05:30P 3
SPORTSCENTERU ESNU Sun 06:30A-07:00A 3
CENTRAL FOX WKND AM-R FOXD Sun 07:00A-08:00A 3
PAID PROGRAMMING FOXD Sun 06:00A-07:00A 3
UEFA CL SEMANAL FOXD Sun 06:00P-06:30P 3
EXPRESS PREGAME – L BEIN Sun 08:45A-08:55A 2
FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO FOXD Sun 06:30P-07:00P 2
FOX SPORTS LIVE FS1 Sun 02:00A-03:00A 2
RUGBY BEIN Sun 07:00P-09:00P 1
UCL MAGAZINE FS2 Sun 11:30A-12:00P 1
EXPRESS XTRA WKND – L BEIN Sun 06:00P-07:00P 0
LA LIGA WORLD – BEIN Sun 08:30A-08:45A 0
90 IN 30 – BEIN Sun 02:00A-02:30A 0
UFC MAIN EVENT FS2 Sun 12:00P-12:30P 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…

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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