NFL Ratings Update through 2018 week 5

October 10, 2018

Through 5 weeks, across all networks and TV windows NFL viewership is averaging 15.6 million viewers per minute which is up 3 percent versus the same point in 2017. Here are the Y/Y changes for various demographics:   Demographic NBC FOX CBS ESPN NFLN All Nets Households 2% 2% 6% -3% 2% 3% Total viewers 1% 1% 6% -2% 2% 3% Adults 18-49 -5% -3% 1% -4% -1% -1% Men…

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NFL TV Ratings: expect them to go down & expect the NFL to shrug

September 2, 2018

Prediction: NFL’s TV ratings this season will be down 5-10% Prediction: the NFL will spin that by noting that the national NFL windows were the most-watched programming on TV by a wide margin. Both are easy predictions. The ratings prediction might  be wrong but until that trend reverses I’m riding with it. I wouldn’t worry too much about the TV ratings if I were the NFL. I’d worry more about…

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NFL Kickoff Game Ratings Down Again: How Much was Irma?

September 8, 2017

Reasonable people can agree that Irma had some effect on the overnight ratings for last night’s Kansas City Chiefs vs New England Patriots NFL Kickoff game on NBC. It is kind of interesting to do the basic math with these numbers: NFL Kickoff Overnights: 2017: Chiefs/Pats: 14.6 Irma 2016: Panthers/Broncos: 16.5 2015: Steelers/Pats: 17.7 2014: Packers/Seahawks: 16.8 — Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) September 8, 2017 versus these numbers: Cable news…

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Mixed ratings bag for NFL Wild Card Saturday

January 8, 2017

Update: Though Raiders-Texans held a slight edge in overnight rating, Lions-Seahawks led viewership 26.9 million to 25.3 million. For all the bad-mouthing of the Raiders-Texans game before hand it wound up not just bettering last year’s equivalent Wild Card Saturday game, it also edged out the primetime Lions-Seahawks game. Raiders/Texans averaged a 16.6 overnight across ABC & ESPN peaking with an 18.8 rating from 5:45-6:00 PM ET.  In the Bay…

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Ohio-Troy, Louisiana Tech-Navy, Eastern Michigan-Old Dominion top cable sports TV ratings for Friday December 23, 2016

December 27, 2016

  Cable Sports TV Ratings for Friday December 23, 2016: (includes top-10 for all cable shows plus the most-watched Gunsmoke on TV Land Classic) Note to readers using mobile phones: the tables are easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone to landscape orientation. – All data ©Nielsen (data provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen) Note: viewership of around 100,000 or lower is technically what…

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Giants-Eagles, Idaho-Colorado State top cable sports TV ratings for Thursday December 22, 2016

December 27, 2016

  The New York Giants versus Philadelphia Eagles game averaged averaged 17.943 million across NBC and NFL Network. The 3.574 million for the game in the table below is just the NFL Network portion. Cable Sports TV Ratings for Thursday December 22, 2016: (includes top-10 for all cable shows plus the most-watched Gunsmoke on TV Land Classic) Note to readers using mobile phones: the tables are easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone to…

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Buccaneers-Cowboys ‘Sunday Night Football’ posts best week 15 overnight rating since 2008 (Updated)

December 19, 2016

Update: the game averaged 24.2 million viewers on NBC and per NBC that was the 3rd-highest for a week 15 primetime game since 1995 and up 34 percent versus last year’s Cardinals-Eagles week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup. — The Dallas Cowboys win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ‘Sunday Night Football’ drew a 15.3/25 overnight rating/share (15.3% of the homes in the biggest 56 markets watched the game and 25% of…

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Rams-Seahawks, Knicks-Warriors top cable sports TV ratings for Thursday December 15, 2016

December 16, 2016

  The Los Angeles Rams versus Seattle Seahawks game averaged averaged 14.652 million across NBC and NFL Network. The 2.957 million for the game in the table below is just the NFL Network portion. Cable Sports TV Ratings for Thursday December 15, 2016: (includes top-10 for all cable shows plus the most-watched Gunsmoke on TV Land Classic) Note to readers using mobile phones: the tables are easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone…

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