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Ratings News and Notes

  • The tweets of ESPN’s Jemele Hill that labeled Donald Trump as a “white supremacist” generated many reactions by those in the media, with those from FS1’s Jason Whitlock among the more notable. He was a guest on the Sep. 13 edition of the Fox News Channel morning program “Fox & Friends.” At the end of the segment, the show’s hosts mentioned that they’ll be watching Whitlock’s daily afternoon program “Speak For Yourself” on FS1.

    From Sep. 13 thru Sep. 22, “Speak For Yourself” had averaged 79,000 viewers, which was 20 percent below the show’s weekday average from Aug. 21-Sep. 12 (99,000 viewers). But the recent declines may not be directly correlated to Whitlock’s commentary on Hill — FS1’s other daily programs “Undisputed” for Sep. 18-22 (144,000 viewers) was at a four-week low and the recently-launched “First Things First” (37,000 viewers) dipped to a three-week low.

    As a huge positive: for the past five weeks, “Speak For Yourself” was up 73 percent (Aug. 21-25, Aug. 28-Sep. 1, Sep. 5-8, Sep. 11-14 and Sep. 18-22, 2017: 93,000 viewers) from last year (Aug. 22-26, Aug. 29-Sep. 2, Sep. 6-9, Sep. 12-15 and Sep. 19-23, 2016: 54,000 viewers).

  • There were ups and downs from last year’s editions for the various auto races that took place during the weekend of Sep. 22-24.

    Experiencing increases from last year: FS1’s ARCA Racing’s Crosley Brands 150 from Kentucky on Sep. 22 — up 130 percent (108,000 viewers vs. Sep. 23, 2016 on FS2: 47,000 viewers)

    Experiencing declines from last year: NBCSN’s NASCAR Monster Cup Series’ New Hampshire 300 on Sep. 24 — down 22 percent (1.992 million viewers vs. Sep. 25, 2016: 2.538 million viewers); NBCSN’s NASCAR Xfinity Series’ VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 from Kentucky on Sep. 22 — down 13 percent (740,000 viewers vs. Sep. 24, 2016: 846,000 viewers); FS1’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ New Hampshire 175 on FS1 on Sep. 23 — down 27 percent (337,000 viewers vs. Sep. 24, 2016: 463,000 viewers): FS1’s NHRA Racing’s Dodge NHRA Nationals from Reading on Sep. 24 — down 7 percent (223,000 viewers vs. Oct. 2, 2016: 241,000 viewers).

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NBCSN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBCSN 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.), NBCSN is up 25 percent (189,000 vs. 151,000) from one week earlier and down 2 percent (189,000 vs. 192,000) 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.), NBCSN is down 11 percent (141,000 vs. 158,000) from one week earlier and down 12 percent (141,000 vs. 161,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following NBCSN programs of the week:

  • “Pro Football Talk AM” (Sep. 18-20 & 22): 20,000 (8,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Patrick Show” (Sep. 18-22): 58,000 (18,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR America” (Sep. 18-21): 116,000 (23,000 adults 18-49)

NASCAR Monster Cup Series Practice: New Hampshire (CNBC, Sep. 23 9:00-10:00 a.m.): 81,000 viewers (14,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Chelsea vs. Stoke City (CNBC, Sep. 23 10:00 a.m.-12:01 p.m.): 103,000 viewers (52,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 1 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS1 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.), FS1 is up 45 percent (354,000 vs. 244,000) from one week earlier and up 16 percent (354,000 vs. 305,000) 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.), FS1 is up 9 percent (155,000 vs. 142,000) from one week earlier and up 13 percent (155,000 vs. 137,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following FS1 programs of the week:

  • “First Things First” (FS1 Sep. 18-22): 37,000 (19,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Skip & Shannon: Undisputed” (FS1 Sep. 18-22): 144,000 (76,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS1 Sep. 18-22): 117,000 (66,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS2 Sep. 22): 17,000 (13.000 adults 18-49)
  • “Speak For Yourself” (FS1 Sep. 18-22): 79,000 (32,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub” (FS1 Sep. 18-21): 156,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Whiparound” (FS1 Sep. 18-22): 46,000 (15,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS1 Sep. 18-22 late night): 38,000 (14,000 adults 18-49)

UFC Fight Night Prefight (FXX, Sep. 22 7:00-8:00 p.m.): 139,000 viewers (70,000 adults 18-49)

UFC Fight Night Prelim (FXX, Sep. 22 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 416,000 viewers (192,000 adults 18-49)

UFC Fight Night: Shogun/Saint Preux 2 (FXX, Sep. 22 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.): 502,000 viewers (252,000 adults 18-49)

UFC Fight Night Postfight (FXX, Late Sep. 22/Early Sep. 23 1:00-2:00 a.m.): 158,000 viewers (93,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS2 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.), FS2 is up 9 percent (37,000 vs. 34,000) from one week earlier and up 54 percent (37,000 vs. 24,000) 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.), FS2 is down 4 percent (22,000 vs. 23,000) from one week earlier and up 47 percent (22,000 vs. 15,000) from the same week one year ago (September 19-25, 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.

  • inku palios

    People will still watch Jason Whitlock, even if he makes outrageous comments about ESPN or LeBron James.

  • dont_play_me

    Um … What exactly does Jemele Hill have to do with FS1-2 numbers other than this headline grab? … Nothing … I thought you actually had a correlation … You all are still turning up the volume in a phone booth.

  • TheRandomOne

    So its the Left watching a Left channel how is this news ?