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Ratings News and Notes

  • The United States’ success in the 2017 World Baseball Classic provided success for its broadcaster MLB Network. With an average of 181,000 viewers for the entire week of Mar. 20-26, it marks the best weekly numbers in MLB Network’s history. The WBC had also generated the network’s second best week ever with a 180,000-viewer average for Mar. 6-12
  • There were two PGA Tour tournaments and one LPGA Tour tournament on Golf Channel from Mar. 22-26.
    • Five days of WGC-Dell Match Play live coverage on the cable network averaged 493,000 viewers and 84,000 adults 18-49, down about one-quarter in each figure from the 2016 Match Play (651,000 viewers/114,000 adults 18-49 on Mar. 23-27, 2016).
    • Also with decreases from last year, the four rounds of the LPGA’s Kia Classic were down 29 percent in total viewers (143,000 vs. 201,000) and down 44 percent among adults 18-49 (16,000 vs. 28,000).
    • The channel did experience some positive ratings news for the week: Despite weather delays, live coverage of the four rounds of the Puerto Rico Open averaged 142,000 viewers and 31,000 adults; +3 percent and +11 percent, respectively, from the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.
  • Directly opposite NCAA March Madness on CBS and TBS, three NBA Regular Season prime time games on NBA TV from Mar. 23-25 (Raptors/Heat on Mar. 23, Hawks/Bucks on Mar. 24 and Wizards/Cavaliers on Mar. 25) averaged 220,000 viewers and 97,000 adults 18-49, +24 percent and +21 percent, respectively, from the trio of NBA TV games (177,000 viewers/80,000 adults 18-49 for the combo of Pelicans/Pacers, Hornets/Pistons and Spurs/Thunder) that also faced NCAA tourney action from Mar. 24-26, 2016.

March Madness on TBS


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NBA on TNT


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NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), NBA TV is down -14 percent (134,000 vs. 155,000) from one week earlier and down ?9 percent (134,000 vs. 147,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBA TV is down -26 percent (49,000 vs. 66,000) from one week earlier and down -20 percent (49,000 vs. 61,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

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Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Golf Channel is down -14 percent (120,000 vs. 139,000) from one week earlier and down -27 percent (120,000 vs. 164,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is up +33 percent (140,000 vs. 105,000) from one week earlier and down -24 percent (140,000 vs. 184,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

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MLB Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), MLB Network is up +76 percent (476,000 vs. 270,000) from one week earlier and up +406 percent (476,000 vs. 94,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), MLB Network is up +13 percent (181,000 vs. 160,000) from one week earlier and up +151 percent (181,000 vs. 72,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

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NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), NFL Network is down -21 percent (77,000 vs. 98,000) from one week earlier and up +1 percent (77,000 vs. 76,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NFL Network is down -19 percent (56,000 vs. 69,000) from one week earlier and down -11 percent (56,000 vs. 63,000) from the same week one year ago (March 21-27, 2016).

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Tennis Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Tennis Channel is down -46 percent (63,000 vs. 116,000) from one week earlier.

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Tennis Channel is down -23 percent (48,000 vs. 62,000) from one week earlier.

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WWE Raw

Monday, March 20, 2017 on USA Network

8-9 p.m.: 1.92 household rating, 3.168 million total viewers and 1.479 million adults 18-49
about even from 3.180 million total viewers and +6% from 1.397 million adults 18-49 on 3/13/17
-9% from 3.466 million total viewers and about even from 1.473 million adults 18-49 on 3/21/16

9-10 p.m.: 1.88 household rating, 3.121 million total viewers and 1.448 million adults 18-49
-6% from 3.327 million total viewers and -3% from 1.489 million adults 18-49 on 3/13/17
-9% from 3.460 million total viewers and -5% from 1.524 million adults 18-49 on 3/21/16

10-11:13 p.m.: 1.73 household rating, 2.870 million total viewers and 1.294 million adults 18-49
-10% from 3.201 million total viewers and -13% from 1.481 million adults 18-49 on 3/13/17
-13% from 3.317 million total viewers and -15% from 1.525 million adults 18-49 on 3/21/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Fri. Mar. 24 9:02 p.m.-12:02 a.m.: 46,000 total viewers (18,000 adults 18-49)
Late Fri. Mar. 24/Early Sat. Mar. 25 1:02-4:02 a.m.: 26,000 total viewers (9,000 adults 18-49)

WWE SmackDown

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 on USA

8-10 p.m.: 1.58 household rating, 2.650 million total viewers and 1.118 million adults 18-49
+1% from 2.631 million total viewers and -3% from 1.150 million adults 18-49 on USA 3/14/17
+6% from 2.501 million total viewers and +18% from 0.946 million adults 18-49 on USA 3/24/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Sat. Mar. 25 10 p.m.-12 a.m.: 89,000 total viewers (43,000 adults 18-49)
Late Sat. Mar. 25/Early Sun. Mar. 26 2-4 a.m.: 10,000 total viewers (4,000 adults 18-49)

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Impact Wrestling (Pop, Mar. 23 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 305,000 total viewers (90,000 adults 18-49)

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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO, Mar. 20 10:00-10:55 p.m.): 242,000 total viewers (110,000 adults 18-49)

UConn: March to Madness (HBO, Mar. 22 10:00-10:27 p.m.) 137,000 viewers (74,000 adults 18-49)

World Championship Boxing: Golovkin vs. Jacobs (replay from PPV Mar. 18) (HBO, Mar. 25 10:00 p.m.-midnight) 709,000 viewers (287,000 adults 18-49)

ShoBox International: Linares vs. Crolla II (Showtime, Mar. 25 6:00-7:42 p.m.) 106,000 viewers (43,000 adults 18-49)

Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, Mar. 26 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 218,000 viewers (67,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, Mar. 26 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 437,000 viewers (168,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, Mar. 26 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 439,000 viewers (180,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, Mar. 26 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 424,000 viewers (145,000 adults 18-49)

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

About Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci is a contributor to Programming Insider and blogger at Son of the Bronx.

  • Hey mate, do you have the Lucha Underground ratings/viewership on El Rey? You’ve had them in the wrestling section for a while; it ran from 6pm – 10pm on Wednesday.