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Ratings News and Notes

There’s no surprise that the first five games of the “World Series” between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Fox had ruled the week in prime time (for Oct. 23-29) in the Houston and Los Angeles markets (except Game 1 in L.A. from Oct. 24 which concluded prior to the start of West Coast prime time).

But other markets also saw at least one World Series telecast draw better than any other event or program that week.

In Chicago, the unforgettable epic 330-minute Game 5 from Oct. 29 (482,000 viewers) and intriguing Game 2 from Oct. 25 (444,000) were the week’s two most-watched telecasts. Games 4 on Oct. 28 (428,000) and 3 on Oct. 27 (421,000) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

The top six telecasts in prime time in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose Bay Area market were World Series-related: #1 – Game 5 from Oct. 29 (577,000), #2 – Postgame of Game 2 from Oct. 25 (532,000), #3 – Postgame of Game 3 from Oct. 27 (528,000), #4 – Game 4 from Oct. 28 (435,000), #5 – Game 3 from Oct. 27 (372,000), #6 – Game 2 from Oct. 25 (362,000).

All five games reached the Top 7 in Phoenix; Game 5 was No. 1 (433,000). The postgames of Game 3 on Oct. 27 and Game 2 on Oct. 25 (427,000 each) ranked second

Games Five (317,000), Two (270,000) and Three (264,000) were the top 3 in Denver.

Games Five (210,000), Two (187,000) and One (185,000) ranked first, third and fourth in the baseball-happy market if St. Louis; the pregame of Game 5 was in second (188,000).

Even markets that do not have an MLB home team in the league tuned into the World Series. Games 2-5 were tops in Sacramento, Calif. and Portland, Ore. Game 5 topped each of these markets – Sacramento 395,000 viewers; Portland 277,000 viewers.

(Source: Nielsen)

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NBCSN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBCSN ratings for October 23-29, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), NBCSN is down 18 percent (126,000 vs. 154,000) from one week earlier and down 5 percent (126,000 vs. 132,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBCSN is down 7 percent (157,000 vs. 168,000) from one week earlier and up 6 percent (157,000 vs. 148,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following NBCSN programs of the week:

  • “Pro Football Talk AM” (Oct. 23-27): 15,000 (5,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Patrick Show” (Oct. 23-27): 57,000 (9,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR America” (Oct. 23-27): 108,000 (14,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Huddersfield vs. Liverpool (CNBC, Oct. 28 10:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 160,000 viewers (98,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 1 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS1 ratings for October 23-29, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), FS1 is down 95 percent (194,000 vs. 3,952,000) from one week earlier and down 7 percent (194,000 vs. 209,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS1 is down 86 percent (124,000 vs. 899,000) from one week earlier and down 12 percent (124,000 vs. 141,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following FS1 programs of the week:

  • “First Things First” (FS1 Oct. 23-27): 38,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Skip & Shannon: Undisputed” (FS1 Oct. 23-27): 141,000 (80,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS1 Oct. 23-27): 114,000 (62,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS2 Oct. 27): 25,000 (15,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Speak For Yourself” (FS1 Oct. 23-27): 83,000 (38,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub” (FS1 Oct. 23-26): 155,000 (31,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS1 Oct. 24-27 late night): 33,000 (16,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS2 Oct. 23 late night): 19,000 (8,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Yesterday Today” (FS1 Oct. 24-27): 12,000 (6,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS2 ratings for October 23-29, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), FS2 is down 47 percent (37,000 vs. 70,000) from one week earlier and even (37,000 vs. 37,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS2 is down 32 percent (21,000 vs. 31,000) from one week earlier and down 9 percent (21,000 vs. 23,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

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.