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Ratings News and Notes

  • NBA-TV’s live post-game coverage after the deciding Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 13 drew 334,000 viewers and 158,000 adults 18-49, up 249 percent (in viewers, from 134,000) and up 336 percent (in adults 18-49, from 47,000) versus 2016 NBA Finals non-deciding Game 5’s post game on June 13, 2016.

    Turner Sports reported NBA TV averaged 270,000 viewers for its postgame coverage of this year’s NBA Finals — an all-time high for the network. It was up 5 percent compared to last year’s postgame coverage

    73,000 viewers watched the NBC Sports Bay Area simulcast of the Golden State Warriors’ championship victory parade in Oakland, Calif. on NBA TV on June 15. This was down 47 percent from lsst year’s Cavaliers’ parade in Cleveland, Ohio (139,000 viewers on June 22, 2016), which was that city’s first professional sports championship since 1964. On the positive side, compared to the Warriors’ previous parade on June 19, 2015, it was up 11 percent (73,000 viewers vs. 66,000 viewers).

  • While an average of nearly 24.5 million tuned in to NBA Finals Game 5, the June 12 edition of USA’s WWE RAW averaged 2.533 million viewers from 8-11:12 p.m. — the least-watched RAW since Sep. 26, 2016 (2.464 million), the night of the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

  • The 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft on MLB Network on June 12 registered 265,000 viewers, down 5 percent from the year-ago draft (279,000 viewers on June 9, 2016). Most of the 2016 draft took place opposite NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 5; most of 2017’s, opposite NBA Finals Game 5.

  • MLB Network’s live baseball game action (not counting look-in coverage during “MLB Tonight”) for June 13-18 averaged 224,000 viewers and 63,000 adults 18-49 from the 8 game showcase telecasts, down 9 percent (in viewers) and up 5 percent (in adults 18-49) from the year-ago week (June 14-19, 2016: average of 245,000 viewers/60,000 adults 18-49 from 11 telecasts): also, down 11 percent (in viewers) from two years ago (June 16-21, 2015: average of 252,000 viewers).

  • Golf Channel’s tournaments coverage from June 15-18:

    • LPGA Tour: Meijer LPGA Classic (June 15-18 afternoons): 130,000 viewers (+9 percent from June 16-19, 2016: 119,000 viewers)
    • PGA Professional Championship (June 18): 33,000 viewers

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Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs

Golf Channel ratings for June 12-18, 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 +38 percent (153,000 vs. 111,000) from one week earlier and down -13 percent (153,000 vs. 176,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is up +13 percent (101,000 vs. 89,000) from one week earlier and down -4 percent (101,000 vs. 105,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following daily Golf Channel programs of the week:

  • “The Morning Drive” (June 12-18 7 a.m.): 53,000 viewers (13,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Morning Drive” (June 12-14 & 17-18 8 a.m.): 85,000 viewers (23,000 adults 18-49)

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MLB Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

MLB Network ratings for June 12-18, 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 -3 percent (199,000 vs. 206,000) from one week earlier and up +11 percent (199,000 vs. 180,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), MLB Network is down -2 percent (101,000 vs. 103,000) from one week earlier and down -4 percent (101,000 vs. 105,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

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

  • “MLB Central” (June 12-16 10 a.m.): 46,000 (21,000 adults 18-49)
  • “High Heat” (June 12-14 & 16): 55,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Rundown” (June 12 & 14-16): 71,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Now” (June 12 & 14-16): 68,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Intentional Talk” (June 12-16): 74,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Tonight BP” (June 13 & 16-17): 98,000 (27,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Tonight” (June 12-16 prime time): 145,000 (45,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Quick Pitch” (June 12-18): 95,000 (36,000 adults 18-49)

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NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NFL Network ratings for June 12-18, 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 -3 percent (72,000 vs. 74,000) from one week earlier and up +7 percent (72,000 vs. 67,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NFL Network is up +6 percent (55,000 vs. 52,000) from one week earlier and up +10 percent (55,000 vs. 50,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

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

  • “Good Morning Football” (June 12-16 7 a.m.): 36,000 (21,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (June 12-16 7 p.m.): 82,000 (37,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (June 12-17 11 p.m.): 61,000 (26,000 adults 18-49)

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NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBA TV ratings for June 12-18, 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 down -26 percent (57,000 vs. 77,000) from one week earlier and up +4 percent (57,000 vs. 55,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBA TV is down -20 percent (48,000 vs. 60,000) from one week earlier and down -19 percent (48,000 vs. 59,000) from the same week one year ago (June 13-19, 2016).

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

  • “The Starters” (June 12-14 & 16): 63,000 viewers (36,000 adults 18-49)

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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 -79 percent (25,000 vs. 119,000) 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 -77 percent (23,000 vs. 100,000) from one week earlier.

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WWE Raw

Monday, June 12, 2017 on USA Network

8-11:12 p.m.: 2.533 million total viewers and 1.104 million adults 18-49
-15% from 2.988 million total viewers and -17% from 1.328 million adults 18-49 on 6/05/17

8-9 p.m.: 1.67 household rating, 2.774 million total viewers and 1.199 million adults 18-49
-11% from 3.117 million total viewers and -13% from 1.379 million adults 18-49 on 6/05/17
-9% from 3.043 million total viewers and -5% from 1.268 million adults 18-49 on 6/13/16

9-10 p.m.: 1.54 household rating, 2.526 million total viewers and 1.086 million adults 18-49
-19% from 3.114 million total viewers and -22% from 1.388 million adults 18-49 on 6/05/17
-19% from 3.109 million total viewers and -17% from 1.313 million adults 18-49 on 6/13/16

10-11:12 p.m.: 1.42 household rating, 2.339 million total viewers and 1.041 million adults 18-49
-15% from 2.762 million total viewers and -15% from 1.260 million adults 18-49 on 6/05/17
-15% from 2.758 million total viewers and -9% from 1.146 million adults 18-49 on 6/13/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Fri. June 16 8-11 p.m.: 43,000 total viewers (18,000 adults 18-49)
Late Fri. June 16/Early Sat. June 17 12-3 a.m.: 27,000 total viewers (17,000 adults 18-49)

WWE SmackDown

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 on USA

8-10 p.m.: 1.29 household rating, 2.075 million total viewers and 0.815 million adults 18-49
-12% from 2.352 million total viewers and -14% from 0.948 million adults 18-49 on USA 6/06/17
up less than +1% from 2.073 million total viewers and +8% from 0.758 million adults 18-49 on USA 6/15/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Sat. June 17 10 p.m.-12 a.m.: 60,000 total viewers (27,000 adults 18-49)
Late Sat. June 17/Early Sun. June 18 2-4 a.m.: 2,000 total viewers (1,000 adults 18-49)

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Impact Wrestling (Pop, June 15 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 327,000 total viewers (103,000 adults 18-49)

Fight Game with Jim Lampley: Show 32 (HBO, June 14 11:00-11:28 p.m.): 104,000 total viewers (48,000 adults 18-49)

All Access: Stanley Cup 2017 (Showtime, June 16 8:00-8:30 p.m.): 25,000 total viewers (14,000 adults 18-49)

Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, June 18 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 213,000 viewers (82,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, June 18 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 341,000 viewers (128,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, June 18 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 343,000 viewers (123,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, June 18 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 354,000 viewers (126,000 adults 18-49)

ELEAGUE: Clash for the Cash: The Rematch (TBS, June 16 10:00 p.m.-1:33 a.m.): 207,000 viewers (126,000 adults 18-49)

NWSL Pregame (Lifetime, June 3 3:30-4:00 p.m.): 194,000 viewers (51,000 adults 18-49)
NWSL Soccer: FC Kansas City @ North Carolina (Lifetime, June 3 4:00-6:00 p.m.): 91,000 viewers (41,000 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.

  • The NWSL pregame has more viewers than the game? It makes no sense.