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Ratings News and Notes

  • For the week of Apr. 17-23, the “2017 NBA Playoffs” helped TNT to be the No. 1 television network in prime time among adults 18-49 (1.51 million viewers within the demo; approx. 1.2 rating; runner-up NBC earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating) and adults 18-34. For the nights the network aired the NBA (Apr. 17-20 and 23), TNT led all networks (broadcast and cable) among adults 18-34 for all five nights, among adults 18-49 for three nights and among adults 25-54 twice. TNT’s live NBA game coverage for the week averaged 3.38 million viewers and 1.78 million adults 18-49, +16 percent and +13 percent, respectively, from the year-ago week (Apr. 18-24, 2016: 2.92 million viewers/1.58 million adults 18-49).

  • Atlanta-Washington Game 2 in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Apr. 19 (470,000 viewers) experienced the largest year-to-year increase for an NBA-TV telecast among the three that aired on the league-owned channel from Apr. 18-20 — up 14 percent from Charlotte-Miami Game 2 (Apr. 20, 2016: 411,000 viewers). Atlanta-Washington Game 2 matched the aforementioned Charlotte-Miami Game 2 among adults 18-49 (221,000).

  • NBA-TV’s live post-game coverage after each 2017 NBA Playoff game from Apr. 17-23 — led by the late-night post-game of Golden State-Portland Game 3 on Apr. 22 (102,000 viewers) — averaged 53,000 viewers, up 21 percent from the yeae-ago week (44,000 viewers for Apr. 17-24, 2016).

  • Golf Channel’s tournaments coverage from Apr. 19-23:

    • PGA Tour: Valero Open (Apr. 20-23 afternoons; Golf Channel only): 402,000 viewers/59,000 adults 18-49 (-5 percent/+13 percent from Apr. 21-24, 2016: 422,000 viewers/53,000 adults 18-49)
    • Champions Tour: Big Cedar Legends (rain-shortened) (Apr. 22-23 early evenings): 168,000 viewers/31,000 adults 18-49 (+1 percent/+2 percent from Apr. 22-24, 2016: 166,000 viewers/31,000 adults 18-49)
    • European Tour: Shenzhen International (Apr. 19-23 late night and mornings): 47,000 viewers/14,000 adults 18-49 (-14 percent/-2 percent from Apr. 21-24, 2016: 54,000 viewers/15,000 adults 18-49)
    • Web.com Tour: United Leasing Championship (Apr. 20-23): 100,000 viewers/21,000 adults 18-49 (-9 percent/-10 percent from Apr. 28-May 1, 2016: 109,000 viewers/24,000 adults 18-49)
  • Opposite the NBA and NHL Playoffs on Apr. 22, FS1’s UFC events were not the only bouts to draw lower-than-average ratings. Both of the night’s Showtime Championship Boxing bouts — Charlo-Hatley (401,000 viewers) and Porter-Berto (468,000 viewers) — did not reach the viewership of the two most recent featured Showtime fights: Adrien Broner-Adrian Granados on Feb. 18 (779,000 viewers) and Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton on Jan. 28 (587,000 viewers).

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NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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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 +51 percent (168,000 vs. 111,000) from one week earlier and up +11 percent (168,000 vs. 152,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBA TV is up +20 percent (67,000 vs. 56,000) from one week earlier and up +16 percent (67,000 vs. 58,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

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

  • “The Starters” (Apr. 17-21): 45,000 viewers (23,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA Gametime Live” (Apr. 17-23): 61,000 viewers (30,000 adults 18-49)

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Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Golf Channel is down -50 percent (89,000 vs. 178,000) from one week earlier and down -30 percent (89,000 vs. 128,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is down -20 percent (82,000 vs. 103,000) from one week earlier and down -16 percent (82,000 vs. 98,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

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

  • “The Morning Drive” (Apr. 17-23 10 a.m.): 46,000 viewers (12,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Morning Drive” (Apr. 20-23 11 a.m.): 85,000 viewers (18,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Golf Central” (Apr. 17-19 6 p.m.): 37,000 viewers (12,000 adults 18-49)

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MLB Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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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 -31 percent (153,000 vs. 221,000) from one week earlier and down -20 percent (153,000 vs. 192,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), MLB Network is down -23 percent (99,000 vs. 129,000) from one week earlier and down -8 percent (99,000 vs. 108,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

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

  • “MLB Central” (Apr. 17-21 10 a.m.): 37,000 (17,000 adults 18-49)
  • “High Heat” (Apr. 18-21): 44,000 (14,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Rundown” (Apr. 17-18 & 20-21): 73,000 (27,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Now” (Apr. 17-18 & 20-21): 89,000 (37,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Intentional Talk” (Apr. 17-18 & 20-21): 66,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Tonight BP” (Apr. 17-20 & 22): 115,000 (43,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Tonight” (Apr. 17-19 & 21-22 prime time): 122,000 (48,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Quick Pitch” (Apr. 17-23): 95,000 (36,000 adults 18-49)

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NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs


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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), NFL Network is up +16 percent (89,000 vs. 77,000) from one week earlier and up +1 percent (89,000 vs. 88,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NFL Network is up +9 percent (59,000 vs. 54,000) from one week earlier and down -5 percent (59,000 vs. 62,000) from the same week one year ago (April 18-24, 2016).

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

  • “Good Morning Football” (Apr. 17-21 7 a.m.): 36,000 (21,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (Apr. 17-21 7 p.m.): 113,000 (53,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Total Access” (Apr. 17-21 11 p.m.): 60,000 (35,000 adults 18-49)

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Tennis Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs

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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Tennis Channel is up +33 percent (32,000 vs. 24,000) 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 +67 percent (30,000 vs. 18,000) from one week earlier.

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WWE Raw

Monday, April 17, 2017 on USA Network

8-9 p.m.: 1.97 household rating, 3.410 million total viewers and 1.499 million adults 18-49
-1% from 3.438 million total viewers and -6% from 1.593 million adults 18-49 on 4/10/17
-2% from 3.486 million total viewers and -4% from 1.566 million adults 18-49 on 4/18/16

9-10 p.m.: 2.03 household rating, 3.473 million total viewers and 1.564 million adults 18-49
-4% from 3.606 million total viewers and -7% from 1.680 million adults 18-49 on 4/10/17
-2% from 3.541 million total viewers and -2% from 1.589 million adults 18-49 on 4/18/16

10-11:14 p.m.: 1.90 household rating, 3.169 million total viewers and 1.523 million adults 18-49
-3% from 3.261 million total viewers and -0.3% from 1.528 million adults 18-49 on 4/10/17
+6% from 2.980 million total viewers and -11% from 1.368 million adults 18-49 on 4/18/16

Reruns on NBC Universo

Fri. Apr. 21 8-11 p.m.: 59,000 total viewers (34,000 adults 18-49)
Late Fri. Apr. 21/Early Sat. Apr. 22 12-3 a.m.: 7,000 total viewers (5,000 adults 18-49)

WWE SmackDown

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 on USA

8-10 p.m.: 1.51 household rating, 2.548 million total viewers and 1.042 million adults 18-49
-18% from 3.108 million total viewers and -23% from 1.352 million adults 18-49 on USA 4/11/17
+5% from 2.431 million total viewers and +13% from 0.924 million adults 18-49 on USA 4/21/16

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Sat. Apr. 22 10 p.m.-12 a.m.: 76,000 total viewers (34,000 adults 18-49)
Late Sat. Apr. 22/Early Sun. Apr. 23 2-4 a.m.: 33,000 total viewers (21,000 adults 18-49)

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Impact Wrestling (Pop, Apr. 20 8:00-10:05 p.m.): 320,000 total viewers (95,000 adults 18-49)

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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO, Apr. 18 10:00-10:58 p.m.): 205,000 total viewers (121,000 adults 18-49)

Showtime Championship Boxing (Showtime, Apr. 22)

9:30 p.m.- 9:48 p.m.: 283,000 viewers (141,000 adults 18-49)
9:48 p.m.-10:13 p.m. Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley: 401,000 viewers (195,000 adults 18-49)
10:13 p.m.-10:38 p.m.: 378,000 viewers (173,000 adults 18-49)
10:38 p.m.-11:17 p.m. Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter: 468,000 viewers (197,000 adults 18-49)
11:17 p.m.-11:31 p.m.: 304,000 viewers (134,000 adults 18-49)

Bellator MMA Live: 178 (Spike, Apr. 21 9:00-10:53 p.m.): 674,000 viewers (310,000 adults 18-49)

Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, Apr. 23 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 301,000 viewers (113,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, Apr. 23 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 361,000 viewers (114,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, Apr. 23 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 367,000 viewers (121,000 adults 18-49)
Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, Apr. 23 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 417,000 viewers (135,000 adults 18-49)

NWSL Pregame (Lifetime, Apr. 22 3:30-4:00 p.m.): 128,000 viewers (52,000 adults 18-49)
NWSL Soccer: Washington Spirit @ Orlando Pride (Lifetime, Apr. 22 4:00-6:00 p.m.): 99,000 viewers (39,000 adults 18-49)

E-League: Street Fighter V – Group B (TBS, Apr. 21 10:00 p.m.-midnight): 181,000 viewers (137,000 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.

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    Would you please ask whoever steals this data for you to put it in a more legible format? Thanks