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Ratings News and Notes

  • Reactions to Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Sep. 22 suggesting that NFL owners to “fire” players who kneel during the national anthem resulted in several NFL pregame shows on Sep. 24 saw significant ratings boosts: NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning” (927,000 viewers) drew its most-watched edition ever within an NFL regular season; “The NFL Today” on CBS (3.2 household rating) with a guest appearance from former NBA great Charles Barkley scored its highest-rated edition since 2010; year-to-year, “Fox NFL Kickoff” (1.3 household rating) was up 30 percent and “Fox NFL Sunday” (3.7 household rating) was up 9 percent.

  • Several tidbits about local ratings for Week 3 actions in the NFL on Sep. 24:

    The Baltimore Ravens’ 44-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, England was watched by approximately 425,000 viewers in the Baltimore TV market; +6,000 than the Ravens’ season-opening win vs. Bengals on Sep. 10, -27,000 than Ravens’ home opener vs. Browns on Sep. 17. The game aired on CBS affiliates in Baltimore and Jacksonville while it streamed worldwide on Yahoo and Verizon’s Go90 service. (Source: Baltimore Sun)

    The Seattle Seahawks’ 33-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans posted a 34.5 local rating in the Seattle-Tacoma market, 15 percent below the 40.7 local rating average for the Seahawks’ first two games, at Green Bay and vs. San Francisco. (Source: KIRO) As for the Nashville TV market, it was the Titans’ highest-rated of the season to-date with a 22.6 local rating (approx. 233,000 Nashville homes). Titans had drawn a 19.1 rating vs. Jaguars on Sep. 17 and a 21.9 rating vs. Raiders on Sep. 10. (Source: Tennessean)

    The Green Bay Packers’ 27-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on CBS that featured former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as analyst posted a 13.3 local rating in Dallas-Fort Worth, the home market for the Cowboys. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

  • In a rare feat in the world of MMA om TV, Spike’s Bellator 183 (598,000 viewers) from Sep. 23 outdrew a UFC event on the same weekend — UFC Fight Night (502,000 viewers) that featured Shogun vs. Saint Preux on Sep. 22. The caveat was that due to college football on FS1, the UFC was shifted to FXX.

  • MLB Network’s live baseball game action (not counting look-in coverage during “MLB Tonight”) for Sep. 18 & 20-24 averaged 181,000 viewers and 48,000 adults 18-49 from the eleven game showcase telecasts, down 12 percent (in viewers) and down 15 percent (in adults 18-49) from the year-ago week (September 19-25, 2016: average of 205,000 viewers/57,000 adults 18-49 from ten telecasts).

  • Golf Channel’s tournaments coverage from Sep. 19-24:

    • PGA Tour: Tour Championship (Sep. 21-24; Golf Channel only): 617,000 viewers (+26 percent from Sep. 22-25, 2016: 491,000 viewers)
    • Champions Tour: PURE Insurance Championship (Sep. 22-24): 106,000 viewers (+10 percent from Sep. 16-18, 2016: 96,000 viewers)
    • European Tour: Portland Masters (Sep. 21-24): 56,000 viewers (-15 percent from Oct. 20-23, 2016: 66,000 viewers)
    • Web.com Tour: DAP Championship (Sep. 21-24): 82,000 viewers (-24 percent from Sep. 8-11, 2016: 108,000 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 11-17, 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 23 percent (169,000 vs. 219,000) from one week earlier and down 6 percent (169,000 vs. 180,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), MLB Network is down 16 percent (79,000 vs. 94,000) from one week earlier and down 14 percent (79,000 vs. 92,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

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

  • “MLB Central” (Sep. 18-22 10 a.m.): 37,000 (16,000 adults 18-49)
  • “High Heat” (Sep. 18-22): 36,000 (6,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Rundown” (Sep. 18-20 & 22): 40,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Now” (Sep. 18-19 & 22): 59,000 (23,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Intentional Talk” (Sep. 18-19 & 22): 56,000 (19,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Tonight BP” (Sep. 19-22): 94,000 (22,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Tonight” (Sep. 18-22 prime time): 102,000 (35,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Quick Pitch” (Sep. 18-24 late night): 79,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)

Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers (TBS, Sep. 24 2:00-5:09 p.m.): 223,000 viewers (77,000 adults 18-49)

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NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NFL Network ratings for September 18-24, 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 4 percent (1,159,000 vs. 1,211,000) from one week earlier and up 93 percent (1,159,000 vs. 601,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NFL Network is up 5 percent (372,000 vs. 354,000) from one week earlier and up 61 percent (372,000 vs. 231,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

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

  • “Good Morning Football” (Sep. 18-22 7 a.m.): 123.000 (71.000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (Sep. 18-20 & 22 early evening): 230,000 (123,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (Sep. 18-20 & 22 11 p.m.): 181,000 (93,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Turning Point” (Sep. 20): 174,000 (124,000 adults 18-49)

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Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs

Golf Channel ratings for September 18-24, 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 4 percent (97,000 vs. 93,000) from one week earlier and down 9 percent (97,000 vs. 107,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is down 1 percent (107,000 vs. 108,000) from one week earlier and up 10 percent (107,000 vs. 97,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

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NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBA TV ratings for September 18-24, 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 38 percent (33,000 vs. 24,000) from one week earlier and up 10 percent (33,000 vs. 30,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBA TV is up 47 percent (28,000 vs. 19,000) from one week earlier and up 47 percent (28,000 vs. 19,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 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 up 80 percent (27,000 vs. 15,000) 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 133 percent (21,000 vs. 9,000) from one week earlier.

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WWE Raw

Monday, September 18, 2017 on USA Network

8-11:11 p.m.: 2.817 million total viewers and 1.186 million adults 18-49
-3% from 2.902 million total viewers and -7% from 1.280 million adults 18-49 on 9/11/17
+5% from 2.681 million total viewers and +2% from 1.167 million adults 18-49 on 9/19/16

8-9 p.m.: 1.80 household rating, 3.126 million total viewers and 1.280 million adults 18-49
+3% from 3.027 million total viewers and -2% from 1.305 million adults 18-49 on 9/11/17
+14% from 2.734 million total viewers and +8% from 1.187 million adults 18-49 on 9/19/16

9-10 p.m.: 1.67 household rating, 2.844 million total viewers and 1.211 million adults 18-49
-5% from 2.992 million total viewers and -9% from 1.335 million adults 18-49 on 9/11/17
+6% from 2.686 million total viewers and +5% from 1.153 million adults 18-49 on 9/19/16

10-11:11 p.m.: 1.53 household rating, 2.533 million total viewers and 1.086 million adults 18-49
-6% from 2.704 million total viewers and -10% from 1.206 million adults 18-49 on 9/11/17
-4% from 2.633 million total viewers and -7% from 1.162 million adults 18-49 on 9/19/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Fri. Sep. 22 8-11 p.m.: 71,000 total viewers (31,000 adults 18-49)
Late Fri. Sep. 22/Early Sat. Sep. 23 12-3 a.m.: 12,000 total viewers (5,000 adults 18-49)

WWE SmackDown

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 on USA

8-10 p.m.: 1.52 household rating, 2.513 million total viewers and 0.962 million adults 18-49
-9% from 2.759 million total viewers and -16% from 1.141 million adults 18-49 on USA 9/12/17
+10% from 2.292 million total viewers and +3% from 0.937 million adults 18-49 on USA 9/13/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Sat. Sep. 23 9-11 p.m.: 54,000 total viewers (26,000 adults 18-49)
Late Sat. Sep. 23/Early Sun. Sep. 24 12-2 a.m.: 32,000 total viewers (19,000 adults 18-49)

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Impact Wrestling (Pop, Sep. 21 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 277,000 total viewers (67,000 adults 18-49)

Inside the NFL (Showtime, Sep. 19 9:00-9:59 p.m.): 99,000 viewers (55,000 adults 18-49)

World Championship Boxing (HBO, Sep. 23)

10:02 p.m.-10:07 p.m.: 581,000 viewers (253,000 adults 18-49)
10:07 p.m.-10:56 p.m. Canelo vs. Golovkin (originally from Sep. 16): 726,000 viewers (308,000 adults 18-49)
10:56 p.m.-11:21 p.m.: 694,000 viewers (283,000 adults 18-49)
11:21 p.m.-12:08 a.m. Linares vs. Campbell: 687,000 viewers (296,000 adults 18-49)
12:08 a.m.-12:33 a.m.: 529,000 viewers (222,000 adults 18-49)

Bellator 183 MMA Live (Spike, Sep. 23 9:00 p.m.-12:01 a.m.): 598,000 viewers (292,000 adults 18-49)

Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, Sep. 23 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 171,000 viewers (70,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, Sep. 23 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 285,000 viewers (117,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, Sep. 23 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 306,000 viewers (112,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, Sep. 23 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 277,000 viewers (102,000 adults 18-49)

ELEAGUE: CS: GO Group C Play (TBS, Sep. 22 10:00-11:37 p.m.): 247,000 viewers (166,000 adults 18-49)

NWSL Pregame (Lifetime, Sep. 23 3:30-3:50 p.m.): 175,000 viewers (51,000 adults 18-49)
NWSL Soccer: Portland Thorns FC @ Orlando Pride (Lifetime, Sep. 23 3:50-6:00 p.m.): 82,000 viewers (19,000 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.

  • “it streamed worldwide on Yahoo and Verizon’s Go90 service”

    Actually, Go90 is only available in the United States.