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Ratings News and Notes

  • The 4-hour Pittsburgh Penguins’ double-overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the “2017 NHL Eastern Conference Finals” on NBCSN averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 3.016 million viewers — 2.921 million on TV and 94,800 viewers on NBC Sports’ digital streaming platform, making it the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN to feature a Canadian team, surpassing Game 3 of the Vancouver Canucks-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final in 2011 (2.757 million). It was up 16 percent compared to last year’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh (2.593 million on May 26, 2016); and the third-most watched conference final game ever on NBCSN, behind only Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 (6/1/14; 4.179 million) and Lightning-Rangers Game 7 (5/29/15; 3.329 million).

    TV-only viewership peaked with nearly 4.2 million viewers in the 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. The full game posted a 1.69 household rating and averaged 2.921 million TV-only viewers.

    Locally, the game posted a 29.7 rating/47 share in Pittsburgh to rank as the highest-rated Penguins game ever on NBCSN in the Pittsburgh market.

    An average of 4.29 million Canadians tuned in to Sportsnet and CBC – the biggest Canadian audience of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date. Overall, 11 million Canadians watched some part of the game last night, with a peak audience of 4.71 million viewers tuning in at 11:27 p.m. ET as the game entered double overtime.

    Game 7 ranks as the most-watched Ottawa Senators post-season game in franchise history.

    Across all 78 games on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA to date, the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have averaged a TAD of 1.129 million viewers, up 8 percent from last year through the same point in the playoffs (1.049 million; 83 games). The playoffs are averaging a 0.66 household rating and averaging 1.102 million TV-only viewers. (Sources: NBC Sports, Sportsnet)

  • Qualifiers for two major auto races on May 26-27 experienced large increases for NBCSN from last year. On May 26, Indianapolis 500 Qualifiers averaged 178,000 viewers — up 51 percent from one year ago (May 27, 2016: 118,000 viewers). Then on May 27, F1 Qualifiers from Monaco represented a year-to-year increase of 24 percent (393,000 viewers vs. 318,000 viewers).

  • Track and field’s Prefontaine Classic on NBCSN on May 26 (Friday night) drew 145,000 viewers, 17 percent below last year’s (May 28, 2016: 175,000 viewers). To note, the 2016 edition aired on a Saturday afternoon.

  • The NASCAR Xfinity Series: Hisense 4K TV 300 race from Charlotte on FS1 on May 27 (1.03 million viewers) was down 27 percent from the year-ago Charlotte race (1.414 million on May 28, 2016).

  • The May 24th original telecast of FS1’s UFC reality competition The Ultimate Fighter reached a season-high to-date in total viewers (381,000). Thru May 24, its current season averages 336,000 viewers for its Wednesday original telecasts.

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NBCSN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBCSN ratings for May 22-28 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 -10 percent (927,000 vs. 1,030,000) from one week earlier and down -6 percent (927,000 vs. 991,000) from the same week one year ago (May 23-29, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBCSN is even (222,000 vs. 222,000) from one week earlier and up +9 percent (222,000 vs. 204,000) from the same week one year ago (May 23-29, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following NBCSN programs of the week:

  • “Pro Football Talk Live AM” (May 22-26): 27,000 (14,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Patrick Show” (May 22-26): 71,000 (24,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR America” (May 22-26): 80,000 (17,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Sports Jeopardy” (May 25): 266,000 (162,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 1 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS1 ratings for May 22-28 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 -9 percent (167,000 vs. 591,000) from one week earlier and up +9 percent (167,000 vs. 336,000) from the same week one year ago (May 23-29, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS1 is down -7 percent (133,000 vs. 199,000) from one week earlier and down -10 percent (133,000 vs. 153,000) from the same week one year ago (May 23-29, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following FS1 programs of the week:

  • “Skip & Shannon: Undisputed” (FS1 May 22-26): 99,000 (52,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS1 May 22-26): 101,000 (50,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS2 May 24): 15,000 (7,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Speak For Yourself” (FS1 May 22-24 & 26): 82,000 (44,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub” (FS1 May 22-24): 136,000 (24,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition” (FS1 May 25 & 27): 177,000 (37,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Whiparound” (FS1 May 22-26): 44,000 (18,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS1 May 22-26 late night): 19,000 (7,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports Weekend” (FS1 Late May 27/Early May 28 4:00-4:30 a.m.): 29,000 (21,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS2 May 23-26 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 2,000 (1,000 adults 18-49)

Bundesliga: Repesca: Wolfsburg vs. Eintracht (Fox Deportes, May 25 2:30-4:30 p.m.) 14,000 viewers (6,000 adults 18-49)

Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Fox Deportes, May 27 7:00-10:06 p.m.) 27,000 viewers (12,000 adults 18-49)

Major League Soccer: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (Fox Deportes, May 27 2:57-5:12 p.m.) 26,000 viewers (18,000 adults 18-49)

Major League Soccer: FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo (Fox Deportes, May 28 8:00-10:27 p.m.) 31,000 viewers (25,000 adults 18-49)

UFC Prelim: Gustafson vs. Teixeira (Fox Deportes, May 28 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) 16,000 viewers (7,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS2 ratings for May 22-28 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 – percent (24,000 vs. 25,000) from one week earlier and down -17 percent (24,000 vs. 29,000) from the same week one year ago (May 23-29, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS2 is down -6 percent (16,000 vs. 17,000) from one week earlier and down -16 percent (16,000 vs. 19,000) from the same week one year ago (May 23-29, 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.

  • Wil Vincent

    That wasn’t the Indy 500 qualifiers. That was the weekend before on ESPN.

    It was the Final Practice, Freedom 100 Support race and Pit Stip comprtition, also known as Carb Day!