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Ratings News and Notes

It is the start of a new NBA season but the Golden State Warriors remain the league’s top ratings draw. Their 120-117 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday, Oct. 27 drew 605,000 viewers on NBA TV. The telecast nearly matched last season’s three most-watched game telecasts on the league’s cable network, all three of which featured the Warriors: at Houston Rockets from Mar. 28 (748,000); at Portland Trail Blazers from Nov. 1, 2016 (692,000); at Los Angeles Lakers from Nov. 25, 2016 (627,000).

NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NFL Network 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.), NFL Network is down 15 percent (481,000 vs. 563,000) from one week earlier and down 37 percent (481,000 vs. 762,000) 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.), NFL Network is up 13 percent (254,000 vs. 224,000) from one week earlier and up 16 percent (254,000 vs. 219,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

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

  • “Good Morning Football” (Oct. 23-27 7 a.m.): 93,000 (50,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Fantasy Live” (Oct. 23-27 5 p.m.): 159,000 (87,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (Oct. 23-25 & 27 early evening): 179,000 (92,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (Oct. 23-25 & 27 11 p.m.): 94,000 (46,000 adults 18-49)

NBA on TNT

NBA Pregame Show (TNT, Oct. 26 8:00-8:14 p.m.): 903,000 viewers (420,000 adults 18-49)

NBA Basketball: Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks (TNT, Oct. 26 8:14-10:35 p.m.): 1,388,000 viewers (735,000 adults 18-49)

NBA Basketball: New Orleans Pelicans @ Sacramento Kings (TNT, Oct. 26 10:35 p.m.-1:15 a.m.): 1,098,000 viewers (615,000 adults 18-49)

Inside the NBA (TNT, late Oct. 26 1:15-2:04 a.m.): 649,000 viewers (407,000 adults 18-49)

NBA Basketball: Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks repeat (TNT, late Oct. 26 2:04-4:25 a.m.): 288,000 viewers (193,000 adults 18-49)

NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBA TV 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.), NBA TV is up 109 percent (217,000 vs. 104,000) from one week earlier and up 186 percent (217,000 vs. 76,000) 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.), NBA TV is up 70 percent (90,000 vs. 53,000) from one week earlier and up 80 percent (90,000 vs. 50,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following daily NBA TV programs of the week:

  • “10 Before Tip” (Oct. 23-27): 60,000 (29,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Starters” (Oct. 23-27): 55,000 (32,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA Gametime Live” (Oct. 23-26 & 28-29): 102,000 (53,000 adults 18-49)

Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs

Golf Channel 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.), Golf Channel is down 14 percent (69,000 vs. 80,000) from one week earlier and up 82 percent (69,000 vs. 38,000) 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.), Golf Channel is up 12 percent (73,000 vs. 65,000) from one week earlier and up 16 percent (73,000 vs. 63,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

MLB Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

MLB Network 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.), MLB Network is up 20 percent (65,000 vs. 54,000) from one week earlier and up 63 percent (65,000 vs. 40,000) 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.), MLB Network is up 6 percent (51,000 vs. 48,000) from one week earlier and up 2 percent (51,000 vs. 50,000) from the same week one year ago (October 24-30, 2016).

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

  • “High Heat” (Oct. 23-25 & 27-29): 50,000 (12,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Now” (Oct. 24-25 & 27-29): 55,000 (15,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Intentional Talk” (Oct. 23-29 5 p.m.): 66,000 (20,000 adults 18-49)

Tennis Channel

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Tennis Channel is even (13,000 vs. 13,000) 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 up 90 percent (19,000 vs. 10,000) from one week earlier.

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WWE Raw

Monday, October 23, 2017 on USA Network

8-11:08 p.m.: 2.940 million total viewers and 1.331 million adults 18-49
+9% from 2.689 million total viewers and +14% from 1.172 million adults 18-49 on 10/16/17
+5% from 2.808 million total viewers and +3% from 1.288 million adults 18-49 on 10/24/16

8-9 p.m.: 1.96 household rating, 3.337 million total viewers and 1.491 million adults 18-49
+22% from 2.735 million total viewers and +28% from 1.166 million adults 18-49 on 10/16/17
+12% from 2.983 million total viewers and +9% from 1.374 million adults 18-49 on 10/24/16

9-10 p.m.: 1.79 household rating, 2.974 million total viewers and 1.307 million adults 18-49
+9% from 2.732 million total viewers and +10% from 1.188 million adults 18-49 on 10/16/17
+6% from 2.807 million total viewers and +3% from 1.270 million adults 18-49 on 10/24/16

10-11:08 p.m.: 1.58 household rating, 2.561 million total viewers and 1.213 million adults 18-49
-2% from 2.610 million total viewers and +4% from 1.162 million adults 18-49 on 10/16/17
-4% from 2.670 million total viewers and -2% from 1.234 million adults 18-49 on 10/24/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Fri. Oct. 27 8-11 p.m.: 31,000 total viewers (18,000 adults 18-49)
Late Fri. Oct. 27/Early Sat. Oct. 28 12-3 a.m.: 37,000 total viewers (26,000 adults 18-49)

WWE SmackDown

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 on USA

8-10 p.m.: 1.61 household rating, 2.702 million total viewers and 1.042 million adults 18-49
+16% from 2.322 million total viewers and +10% from 0.948 million adults 18-49 on USA 10/17/17
+27% from 2.128 million total viewers and +18% from 0.886 million adults 18-49 on USA 10/25/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Sat. Oct. 28 9-11 p.m.: 28,000 total viewers (19,000 adults 18-49)
Late Sat. Oct. 28/Early Sun. Oct. 29 12-2 a.m.: 48,000 total viewers (21,000 adults 18-49)

Impact Wrestling (Pop, Oct. 26 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 231,000 total viewers (58,000 adults 18-49)

Inside the NFL (Showtime, Oct. 24 8:59-9:58 p.m.): 97,000 viewers (32,000 adults 18-49)

Season with Navy Football (Showtime, Oct. 24 10:00-10:30 p.m.): 53,000 viewers (24,000 adults 18-49)

Showtime Championship Boxing (Showtime, Oct. 28)

5:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.: 260,000 viewers (111,000 adults 18-49)
5:30 p.m.- 6:14 p.m. Joshua vs. Takam: 334,000 viewers (135,000 adults 18-49)
6:14 p.m.- 6:36 p.m.: 280,000 viewers (126,000 adults 18-49)

Replay

10:40 p.m.-11:10 p.m.: 184,000 viewers (63,000 adults 18-49)
11:10 p.m.-11:54 p.m. Joshua vs. Takam: 309,000 viewers (90,000 adults 18-49)
11:54 p.m.-12:15 a.m.: 253,000 viewers (89,000 adults 18-49)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO, Oct. 24 10:00-10:58 p.m.): 229,000 total viewers (101,000 adults 18-49)

Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, Oct. 29 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 105,000 viewers (40,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, Oct. 29 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 199,000 viewers (70,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, Oct. 29 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 312,000 viewers (124,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, Oct. 29 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 365,000 viewers (128,000 adults 18-49)

ELEAGUE: Injustice 2 World Championship: Group A (TBS, Oct. 27 10:00 p.m.-12:08 a.m.): 231,000 viewers (116,000 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.

  • DrewShervin

    Sixers will be on the max amount of times nationally next season. They are set to become the biggest attraction in the NBA.