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The Top Ten World Series of Poker All-ins, The Best Damn Sports Show Period Top 50 Jock Bulges, The ESPN SportsCenter Top 100 Moments in North Dakota Sports History, The Top 500 Best……well you get the idea.

Here’s one I thought you’d enjoy though. The Top Rated Sports Broadcasts of 2006 from Sports Business Daily:

TOP TEN MOST-WATCHED NETWORK SPORTS PROGRAMS OF ’06 (NON-NFL)

NET

DATE

TIM

PROGRAM

RATING

HHs (000)

1

ABC

1/4

8:17pm

Rose Bowl: USC-Texas (BCS Championship)

21.7

23,907

T2

ABC

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11/18

3:25pm

NCAA Football: Michigan-Ohio State

12.9

14,316

T2

ABC

1/2

5:04pm

Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame-Ohio State

12.9

14,184

4

ABC

1/3

8:14pm

Orange Bowl: Penn State-Florida State

12.2

13,490

5

Fox

10/22

8:22pm

World Series: Gm. 2: Cardinals-Tigers

11.5

12,841

6

NBC

2/19

2:31pm

NASCAR Nextel Cup: Daytona 500

11.3

12,458

7

CBS

4/3

9:16pm

NCAA Basketball Nat’l Championship: UCLA-Florida

11.2

12,294

8

Fox

10/19

8:17pm

NLCS: Gm. 7: Cardinals-Mets

10.8

11,980

9

Fox

10/26

8:25pm

World Series: Gm. 4: Tigers-Cardinals

10.4

11,620

10

Fox

10/27

8:26pm

World Series: Gm. 5: Tigers-Cardinals

10.3

11,492

TOP TEN MOST-WATCHED NETWORK

SPORTS PROGRAMS OF ’06

RANK

NET

DATE

TIME

PROGRAM

RATING

HHs (000)

1

ABC

2/5

6:26pm

Super Bowl XL: Seahawks-Steelers

41.5

45,734

2

CBS

1/22

3:08pm

AFC Championship: Steelers-Broncos

23.6

25,985

3

ABC

1/4

8:17pm

Rose Bowl: USC-Texas (BCS Championship)

21.7

23,907

4

CBS

1/15

1:06pm

AFC Div. Playoff: Steelers-Colts

20.9

23,051

5

Fox

1/22

6:47pm

NFC Championship: Panthers-Seahawks

20.7

22,856

6

Fox

1/15

4:42pm

NFC Div. Playoff: Panthers-Bears

19.7

21,718

7

CBS

1/8

4:37pm

AFC Wildcard: Steelers-Bengals

18.9

20,854

8

Fox

12/3

4:29pm

NFL on Fox: Cowboys-Giants (89%)

17.6

19,593

9

CBS

1/14

8:16pm

AFC Div. Playoff: Patriots-Broncos

16.1

17,784

10

Fox

1/14

4:35pm

NFC Div. Playoff: Redskins-Seahawks

15.8

17,394

TOP TEN MOST-WATCHED CABLE

SPORTS PROGRAMS OF ’06

RANK

NET

DATE

TIME

PROGRAM

U.S. AREA

COV. AREA

HHs (000)

1

ESPN

10/23

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Giants-Cowboys

10.5

12.7

11,726

2

ESPN

9/25

8:32pm

“Monday Night Football”: Falcons-Saints

9.7

11.7

10,776

3

ESPN

10/16

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Bears-Cardinals

9.6

11.6

10,737

4

ESPN

9/18

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Steelers-Jaguars

8.8

10.6

9,758

5

ESPN

10/9

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Ravens-Broncos

8.5

10.2

9,417

6

ESPN

10/2

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Packers-Eagles

8.4

10.1

9,349

7

ESPN

11/27

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Packers-Seahawks

8.3

10.0

9,243

8

ESPN

9/11

7:00pm

“Monday Night Football”: Vikings-Redskins

8.2

9.9

9,107

9

ESPN

10/30

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Patriots-Vikings

7.9

9.5

8,794

10

ESPN

12/11

8:30pm

“Monday Night Football”: Bears-Rams

7.6

9.2

8,490

MOST-WATCHED CABLE SPORTS

PROGRAMS OF ’06 (NON-NFL)

RANK

NET

DATE

TIME

PROGRAM

U.S. AREA

COV. AREA

HHs (000)

1

ESPN

9/4/06

8:00pm

NCAA Football: Florida State-Miami

5.7

6.8

6,318

2

TNT

5/22/06

8:00pm

NBA: Western Conf. Semis: Gm. 7: Mavericks-Spurs

4.7

5.7

5,169

3

ESPN

5/31/06

8:00pm

NBA: Eastern Conf. Finals: Gm. 5: Heat-Pistons

4.5

5.5

4,971

4

ESPN

12/28/05

8:22pm

Alamo Bowl: Michigan-Nebraska

4.4

5.4

4,876

T5

ESPN

11/2/06

7:30pm

NCAA Football: West Virginia-Louisville

4.4

5.3

4,902

T5

ESPN

10/6/06

8:00pm

ALDS Gm. 3: Yankees-Tigers

4.4

5.3

4,873

T5

ESPN

6/2/06

8:09pm

NBA: Eastern Conf. Finals: Gm. 6: Pistons-Heat

4.4

5.3

4,840

T8

ESPN

12/30/05

7:30pm

Peach Bowl: Miami-LSU

4.3

5.2

4,706

T8

TNT

2/19/06

8:29pm

06 NBA All-Star Game

4.3

5.2

4,689

T10

TNT

6/1/06

8:49pm

NBA: Western Conf. Finals: Gm. 5: Suns-Mavericks

4.2

5.1

4,622

T10

TNT

7/9/06

3:29pm

NASCAR Nextel Cup: USG Sheetrock 400

4.2

5.1

4,652

T10

ESPN

12/29/05

8:06pm

Holiday Bowl: Oregon-Oklahoma

4.1

5.1

4,556

If you were keeping count that’s 24 Games for the ABC/Leader Combo, Fox had 7, and CBS came in with 5. ESPN proves that while everyone still hates them….they can’t turn away. Something I like to call the “Howard Stern Effect”.

How the Holiday Bowl from 2005 and something called the Nextel Cup: USG Sheetrock 400 made the Top 10 Non-NFL list is beyond me. What is this NAS……CAR you speak of?

(I apologize for the small font, but it was the only way it would fit. Click the SBD link above if you want a readable version)

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