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Ratings News and Notes

  • The two American League Division Series teams had great local ratings during the regular season in their respective markets.

    The Cleveland Indians on SportsTime Ohio averaged an 8.33 rating in the Cleveland-Akron market, up 28 percent from their 2016 rating (6.53 rating). The mark was the best local rating for an MLB team in the nation, snapping the two-year period that the Kansas City Royals on Fox Sports Kansas City was in the top spot. Coming off an American League pennant last year, the Indians had the highest rated season in 16 years. (Source: Crain’s Cleveland)

    The New York Yankees on YES Network averaged an 3.57 rating in the New York market, up 57 percent from 2016 – a year the network was not televised on Comcast cable systems (2.28 rating) and up 29 percent from 2015 (2.77 rating). It was the Yankees’ best rated season in 5 years. The success of the 2017 Yankees also lifted the rating of other YES Network programs, compared to 2016: “Batting Practice Today” up 114 percent, pregame coverage up 61 percent (and at a seven-year high), postgame coverage up 57 percent (and at a six-year high), and the simulcast of the weekday afternoon ESPN New York radio show “The Michael Kay Show” up 88 percent (also, up 100 percent in total households and up 85 percent in total viewers). (Source: YES Network)

  • Several tidbits about local ratings for Week 4 action in the NFL on Oct. 1:

    The Buffalo Bills’ 23-17 upset win over the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons came within 0.1 rating of becoming the Buffalo market’s best-rated game of the season, registering a 36.8 local rating — their win over Denver from Sep. 24 is still tops (36.9 rating). (Source: Buffalo News) Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the same game drew 19.5 local rating (approx. 470,000 homes). (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

    The Seattle Seahawks’ blowout 46-18 win over the Indianapolis Colts on “Sunday Night Football” posted a 42.6 local rating in the Seattle-Tacoma market, the top rated Seahawks game this season to-date within the market. (Source: Seattle Times)

    In the Nashville TV market, the Tennessee Titans dipped to a season-low to-date with a 18.2 local rating (approx. 188,000 Nashville homes). Titans lost big to the Texans in Houston by a score of 57-14. (Source: Tennessean)

    The ratings for the Chargers continue to disappoint in Los Angeles. Their 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was tied for fifth place within the market among NFL telecasts during the day. (Source: Fred Roggin)

  • MLB Network’s live baseball game action (not counting look-in coverage during “MLB Tonight”) for Sep. 25-30 averaged 150,000 viewers and 34,000 adults 18-49 from the eleven game showcase telecasts, down 29 percent (in viewers) and down 42 percent (in adults 18-49) from the year-ago week (September 26-October 1, 2016: average of 210,000 viewers/58,000 adults 18-49 from eight telecasts), although five of the eleven from this year took place in the afternoon; only one of eight were in the afternoon in the year-ago week.

  • Golf Channel’s tournaments coverage from Sep. 28-Oct. 1:

    • Presidents Cup (Sep. 28-29; Golf Channel only): 858,000 viewers (+74 percent from Oct. 7-11, 2015: 494,000 viewers)
    • LPGA Tour: New Zealand Women’s Open (Sep. 28-Oct. 1): 62,000 viewers
    • European Tour: British Masters (Sep. 28-Oct. 1): 47,000 viewers (-34 percent from Oct. 13-16, 2016: 71,000 viewers)
    • Web.com Tour: Web.com Tour Championship (Sep. 28-30): 74,000 viewers (-8 percent from Oct. 6-9, 2016: 80,000 viewers)
    • Shinhan Donghae Open (Sep. 19-20): 24,000 viewers

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    MLB Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    MLB Network ratings for September 25-October 1, 2017
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    In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), MLB Network is down 7 percent (158,000 vs. 169,000) from one week earlier and down 21 percent (158,000 vs. 199,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), MLB Network is down 5 percent (75,000 vs. 79,000) from one week earlier and down 18 percent (75,000 vs. 92,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

    Viewership averages for the following MLB Network programs of the week:

    • “MLB Central” (Sep. 25-29 10 a.m.): 37,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)
    • “High Heat” (Sep. 25-27, 29 & Oct. 1): 37,000 (8,000 adults 18-49)
    • “Rundown” (Sep. 26-28): 60,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)
    • “MLB Now” (Sep. 25-26 & 29): 78,000 (22,000 adults 18-49)
    • “Intentional Talk” (Sep. 25-26 & 29): 56,000 (19,000 adults 18-49)
    • “MLB Tonight BP” (Sep. 25-27 & 29-30): 104,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
    • “MLB Tonight” (Sep. 26-29 prime time): 114,000 (34,000 adults 18-49)
    • “Quick Pitch” (Sep. 25-Oct. 1 late night): 61,000 (20,000 adults 18-49)

    Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgerd @ Colorado Rockies (TBS, Oct. 1 3:00-6:55 p.m.): 115,000 viewers (49,000 adults 18-49)

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    NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    NFL Network ratings for September 25-October 1, 2017
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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 44 percent (646,000 vs. 1,159,000) from one week earlier and down 46 percent (646,000 vs. 1,200,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NFL Network is down 34 percent (246,000 vs. 372,000) from one week earlier and down 22 percent (246,000 vs. 315,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

    Viewership averages for the following daily NFL Network programs of the week:

    • “Good Morning Football” (Sep. 25-29 7 a.m.): 111.000 (59.000 adults 18-49)
    • “NFL Total Access” (Sep. 25-27 & 29 early evening): 209,000 (113,000 adults 18-49)
    • “NFL Total Access” (Sep. 25-27 & 29 11 p.m.): 163,000 (80,000 adults 18-49)
    • “NFL Turning Point” (Sep. 27): 127,000 (87,000 adults 18-49)

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    Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    Golf Channel ratings for September 25-October 1, 2017
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    In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Golf Channel is up 39 percent (135,000 vs. 97,000) from one week earlier and down 26 percent (135,000 vs. 182,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is up 26 percent (135,000 vs. 107,000) from one week earlier and down 34 percent (135,000 vs. 204,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

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    NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    NBA TV ratings for September 25-October 1, 2017
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    In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), NBA TV is up 79 percent (59,000 vs. 33,000) from one week earlier and down 9 percent (59,000 vs. 65,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBA TV is up 29 percent (36,000 vs. 28,000) from one week earlier and up 24 percent (36,000 vs. 29,000) from the same week one year ago (September 26-October 2, 2016).

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    Tennis Channel

    In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Tennis Channel is down 33 percent (18,000 vs. 27,000) 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 48 percent (11,000 vs. 21,000) from one week earlier.

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    WWE Raw

    Monday, September 25, 2017 on USA Network

    8-11:12 p.m.: 2.905 million total viewers and 1.264 million adults 18-49
    +3% from 2.817 million total viewers and +7% from 1.186 million adults 18-49 on 9/18/17
    +18% from 2.465 million total viewers and +19% from 1.064 million adults 18-49 on 9/26/16

    8-9 p.m.: 1.81 household rating, 3.125 million total viewers and 1.342 million adults 18-49
    -0.03% from 3.126 million total viewers and +5% from 1.280 million adults 18-49 on 9/18/17
    +10% from 2.852 million total viewers and +7% from 1.249 million adults 18-49 on 9/26/16

    9-10 p.m.: 1.80 household rating, 3.085 million total viewers and 1.342 million adults 18-49
    +8% from 2.844 million total viewers and +11% from 1.211 million adults 18-49 on 9/18/17
    +29% from 2.383 million total viewers and +32% from 1.016 million adults 18-49 on 9/26/16

    10-11:12 p.m.: 1.54 household rating, 2.572 million total viewers and 1.134 million adults 18-49
    +2% from 2.533 million total viewers and +4% from 1.086 million adults 18-49 on 9/18/17
    +17% from 2.204 million total viewers and +20% from 0.946 million adults 18-49 on 9/26/16

    Reruns on NBC Universo

    Fri. Sep. 29 8-11 p.m.: 43,000 total viewers (23,000 adults 18-49)
    Late Fri. Sep. 29/Early Sat. Sep. 30 12-3 a.m.: 21,000 total viewers (17,000 adults 18-49)

    WWE SmackDown

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 on USA

    8-10 p.m.: 1.52 household rating, 2.545 million total viewers and 1.062 million adults 18-49
    +1% from 2.513 million total viewers and +10% from 0.962 million adults 18-49 on USA 9/19/17
    +9% from 2.341 million total viewers and +12% from 0.945 million adults 18-49 on USA 9/13/16

    Reruns on NBC Universo

    Sat. Sep. 30 9-11 p.m.: 67,000 total viewers (38,000 adults 18-49)
    Late Sat. Sep. 30/Early Sun. Oct. 1 12-2 a.m.: 27,000 total viewers (15,000 adults 18-49)

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    Impact Wrestling (Pop, Sep. 28 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 264,000 total viewers (78,000 adults 18-49)

    Inside the NFL (Showtime, Sep. 26 9:00-9:59 p.m.): 113,000 viewers (52,000 adults 18-49)

    Season with Navy Football (Showtime, Sep. 26 10:00-10:30 p.m.): 31,000 viewers (22,000 adults 18-49)

    Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, Sep. 30 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 209,000 viewers (90,000 adults 18-49)
    Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, Sep. 30 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 257,000 viewers (96,000 adults 18-49)
    Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, Sep. 30 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 276,000 viewers (110,000 adults 18-49)
    Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, Sep. 30 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 331,000 viewers (142,000 adults 18-49)

    ELEAGUE: CS: GO Group D Play (TBS, Sep. 29 10:00-11:31 p.m.): 258,000 viewers (152,000 adults 18-49)

    NWSL Pregame (Lifetime, Sep. 30 3:30-3:50 p.m.): 222,000 viewers (78,000 adults 18-49)
    NWSL Soccer: Chicago Red Thorns @ Portland Thorns FC (Lifetime, Sep. 30 3:50-6:00 p.m.): 72,000 viewers (22,000 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.

  • Doug, do you have acerage local ratings for NHL and MLS?