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Ratings News and Notes

  • Fox Sports’ boxing coverage on Aug. 25-26 saw notable gains from comparable telecasts last year as well as from their average viewership this year. The prelims for Mayweather vs. McGregor on Saturday, Aug. 26 posted 2.568 million viewers across the Fox broadcast network, Fox Deportes and Fox Sports GO. On Fox alone, the prelims drew 2.438 million viewers from 7-9 PM ET, 71 percent above the 2017 average to-date of boxing events on the network (1.427 million) and Fox’s most-watched boxing event since Jan. 2016. Among adults 18-49, it was up +155 percent (1,156,000 vs. 453,000) vs. the average to-date for Fox and was the most-watched telecast of the day on any network.

    The telecast peaked with 3.11 million viewers from 8:45-9PM ET, for the end of Yordenis Ugas-Thomas Dulorme.

    The second-ranked and fourth-ranked FS1 most-watched telecasts of the week were Mayweather-McGregor Postfight Show (368,000 viewers) from late night of Aug. 26 and Mayweather-McGregor Weigh-in Show (287,000 viewers) from Aug. 25.

    FS1’s fifth-most viewed telecast was the live Premier Boxing Champions show posted 269,000 viewers, a +35 percent gain over the lone card on the network last August (199,000). Among adults 18-49, it was up +174 percent (93,000 vs. 34,000). (Source: Fox Sports PR)

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  • F1 racing’s Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN Aug. 27 drew 447,000 viewers, down 15 percent from last year (Aug. 28, 2016: 526,000 viewers).

  • IndyCar Series: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 from Gateway in Madison, Ill. on NBCSN Aug. 26 (359,000 viewers), down 7 percent from the Firestone 600 that took place on the year-ago Saturday (Aug. 27, 2016: 388,000 viewers).

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NBCSN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBCSN ratings for August 21-27, 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 -47 percent (122,000 vs. 230,000) from one week earlier and down -33 percent (122,000 vs. 181,000) from the same week one year ago (August 22-28, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBCSN is down -34 percent (90,000 vs. 136,000) from one week earlier and down -55 percent (90,000 vs. 201,000) from the same week one year ago (August 22-28, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following NBCSN programs of the week:

  • “Pro Football Talk AM” (Aug. 21-24): 17,000 (6,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Patrick Show” (Aug. 21-25): 47,000 (17,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR America” (Aug. 21-24): 83,000 (19,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Everton vs. Chelses (CNBC, Aug. 27 8:24-10:30 a.m.) 230,000 viewers (132,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 1 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS1 ratings for August 21-27, 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), FS1 is up +19 percent (222,000 vs. 186,000) from one week earlier and up +37 percent (222,000 vs. 162,000) from the same week one year ago (August 22-28, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS1 is up +17 percent (111,000 vs. 95,000) from one week earlier and up +32 percent (111,000 vs. 84,000) from the same week one year ago (August 22-28, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following FS1 programs of the week:

  • “Skip & Shannon: Undisputed” (FS1 Aug. 21-25): 139,000 (72,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS1 Aug. 21-25): 104,000 (62,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS2 Aug. 18): 16,000 (9,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Speak For Yourself” (FS1 Aug. 21-25): 102,000 (52,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub” (FS1 Aug. 21-24): 145,000 (29,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Whiparound” (FS1 Aug. 21-25): 71,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS1 Aug. 21-24 late night): 40,000 (23,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports Weekend” (FS1 Late Aug. 19/Early Aug. 20 3:00-3:30 a.m.): 16,000 (8,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS2 Aug. 22-27 mornings): 6,000 (1,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS2 ratings for August 21-27, 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 -3 percent (31,000 vs. 32,000) from one week earlier and up +72 percent (31,000 vs. 18,000) from the same week one year ago (August 22-28, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS2 is even (21,000 vs. 21,000) from one week earlier and up +50 percent (21,000 vs. 14,000) from the same week one year ago (August 22-28, 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.