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Ratings News and Notes

  • Several tidbits about local ratings for Week 2 action in the NFL on Sep. 17:

    The New England Patriots’ 36-20 win over the New Orleans Saints was the dominant telecast in the Boston TV market for the week with a local rating of 30.8, nearly triple of the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (10.9).(Source: Patriots.com)

    The Los Angeles Chargers’ 19-17 last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins registered a 12.3 rating in the former Chargers home market of San Diego. This is the lowest-rated Chargers game telecast in San Diego on record (since at least 1998). The previous low was a 13.9 for Chargers-Ravens on Dec. 10, 2000. Still, the Sep. 17 Dolphins-Chargers game rated better in San Diego (12.3) than in the Chargers’ current home market of Los Angeles (5.1).(Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)

    The Buffalo Bills’ 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers drew a 36.1 local rating in the Buffalo TV market, up 8 percent from the prior week’s season opener at home versus the New York Jets (33.5). (Source: Buffalo News)

    The Tennessee Titans’ 37-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars averaged an 18.1 rating in Nashville and a 6.7 rating in Knoxville, which ranked behind the top sports telecast of the weekend in each market: college football’s Tennessee Vols’ crushing 26-20 loss to the Florida Gators on Sep. 16 (19.6 rating in Nashville, 34.1 rating in Knoxville). (Source: Tennessean)

  • The night of Thursday, Sep. 14 was led by NFL Network on all of television among total viewers (approx. 7.4 million), adults 18-49 (approx. 2.8 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 2.2 rating) and adults 25-54 (approx. 3.1 rating) from 8-11 p.m. ET.

    Not counting the over-the-air audiences from the local Houston and Cincinnati markets, NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” averaged a 4.9 household rating and 8.1 million total viewers on TV nationally, up +30 percent and +32 percent respectively versus 2016’s average across the four ‘Thursday Night Football’ games on NFL Network only (3.8 household rating and 6.1 million viewers).

    Combining the digital and NFL Network only audiences, the viewership was up +3 percent versus the year-ago’s first NFL Network only game, Miami at Cincinnati on Sep. 29, 2016 (8.0 million viewers).

    Television viewership for Houston at Cincinnati on NFL Network peaked at 8.8 million viewers during the 11:00-11:15 p.m. quarter hour. (Source: NFL)

  • The Cleveland Indians’ 10-inning, 3-2 walkoff victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, Sep. 14 that extended Cleveland’s historic winning streak to 22 games set an all-time ratings record for an Indians game telecast on SportsTime Ohio with an average of 20.44 household rating, peaking at 27.96 (or 419,000 Northeast Ohio homes) during the final quarter hour, according to Nielsen. This surpassed the previous mark of 19.58 by the Indians’ home opener in Apr. 2017.

    Thru Sep. 14, five of the top 10 rated SportsTime Ohio games this season have come during the last seven matchups of the Indians’ streak.

    For the 2017 season, the Indians are averaging an 8.16 household rating on SportsTime Ohio, up 28 percent from last year and on pace to reach a 16-year high. (Source: WKYC)

  • The return of Vince McMahon on the Sep. 12 edition of USA Network’s WWE SmackDown (2.754 million) provided the Tuesday night program its best viewership in five months (since Apr. 11: 3.108 million viewers).

  • MLB Network’s live baseball game action (not counting look-in coverage during “MLB Tonight”) for Sep. 11-16 averaged 217,000 viewers and 47,000 adults 18-49 from the thirteen game showcase telecasts, down 17 percent (in viewers) and down 25 percent (in adults 18-49) from the year-ago week (September 12-18, 2016: average of 260,000 viewers/63,000 adults 18-49 from eleven telecasts); also, down 11 percent (in viewers) and down 32 percent (in adults 18-49) from two years ago (September 14-15 & 17-19, 2015: average of 244,000 viewers/69,000 adults 18-49 from nine telecasts).

  • Golf Channel’s tournaments coverage from Sep. 14-17:

    • PGA Tour: BMW Championship (Sep. 14-17; Golf Channel only): 605,000 viewers (+11 percent from Sep. 8-11, 2016: 547,000 viewers)
    • LPGA Tour: Evian Championship (Sep. 14-17): 124,000 viewers (+48 percent from Sep. 15-18, 2016: 84,000 viewers)
    • European Tour: KLM Open (Sep. 15-17): 69,000 viewers (-12 percent from Sep. 8-11, 2016: 78,000 viewers)
    • Web.com Tour: Albertson’s Boise Open (Sep. 14-17): 79,000 viewers (-38 percent from Sep. 15-18, 2016: 128,000 viewers)
    • BMW Championship Pro-Am (Sep. 13): 120,000 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 up 21 percent (219,000 vs. 181,000) from one week earlier and down 8 percent (219,000 vs. 237,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), MLB Network is up 11 percent (94,000 vs. 85,000) from one week earlier and down 5 percent (94,000 vs. 99,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

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

    • “MLB Central” (Sep. 11-15 10 a.m.): 47,000 (18,000 adults 18-49)
    • “High Heat” (Sep. 11-12 & 14-15): 45,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)
    • “Rundown” (Sep. 11-12): 32,000 (4,000 adults 18-49)
    • “MLB Now” (Sep. 11-12): 53,000 (10,000 adults 18-49)
    • “Intentional Talk” (Sep. 11-13 & 15): 78,000 (18,000 adults 18-49)
    • “MLB Tonight BP” (Sep. 11-14): 90,000 (25,000 adults 18-49)
    • “MLB Tonight” (Sep. 12-13 & 15 prime time): 129,000 (38,000 adults 18-49)
    • “Quick Pitch” (Sep. 11-17 late night): 74,000 (26,000 adults 18-49)

    Major League Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, Sep. 17 2:00-6:16 p.m.): 303,000 viewers (115,000 adults 18-49)

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    NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    NFL 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.), NFL Network is up 392 percent (1,211,000 vs. 246,000) from one week earlier and up 101 percent (1,211,000 vs. 603,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NFL Network is up 100 percent (354,000 vs. 177,000) from one week earlier and up 39 percent (354,000 vs. 255,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

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

    • “Good Morning Football” (Sep. 11-15 7 a.m.): 120,000 (70,000 adults 18-49)
    • “NFL Total Access” (Sep. 11-13 & 15 early evening): 255,000 (146,000 adults 18-49)
    • “NFL Total Access” (Sep. 12-13 & 15 11 p.m.): 187,000 (101,000 adults 18-49)

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    Golf Channel Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    Golf Channel 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.), Golf Channel is down 5 percent (93,000 vs. 98,000) from one week earlier and up 22 percent (93,000 vs. 76,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Golf Channel is up 50 percent (108,000 vs. 72,000) from one week earlier and up 66 percent (108,000 vs. 65,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

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

    • “The Morning Drive” (Sep. 13-16 8 a.m.): 67,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)
    • “The Morning Drive” (Sep. 13 & 15-16 8 a.m.): 59,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)

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    NBA TV Top 25 (and Select) Programs

    NBA TV 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.), NBA TV is down 31 percent (24,000 vs. 35,000) from one week earlier and down 44 percent (24,000 vs. 43,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 2016).

    In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBA TV is down 10 percent (19,000 vs. 21,000) from one week earlier and down 14 percent (19,000 vs. 22,000) from the same week one year ago (September 12-18, 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 down 48 percent (15,000 vs. 29,000) 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 65 percent (9,000 vs. 26,000) from one week earlier.

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    WWE Raw

    Monday, September 11, 2017 on USA Network

    8-11:05 p.m.: 2.902 million total viewers and 1.280 million adults 18-49
    -1% from 2.921 million total viewers and -5% from 1.343 million adults 18-49 on 9/04/17
    +8% from 2.679 million total viewers and +10% from 1.169 million adults 18-49 on 9/12/16

    8-9 p.m.: 1.83 household rating, 3.027 million total viewers and 1.305 million adults 18-49
    -2% from 3.074 million total viewers and -6% from 1.383 million adults 18-49 on 9/04/17
    +7% from 2.833 million total viewers and +7% from 1.217 million adults 18-49 on 9/12/16

    9-10 p.m.: 1.72 household rating, 2.992 million total viewers and 1.335 million adults 18-49
    +0.3% from 2.983 million total viewers and -2% from 1.360 million adults 18-49 on 9/04/17
    +10% from 2.717 million total viewers and +12% from 1.192 million adults 18-49 on 9/12/16

    10-11:05 p.m.: 1.58 household rating, 2.704 million total viewers and 1.206 million adults 18-49
    -2% from 2.755 million total viewers and -7% from 1.300 million adults 18-49 on 9/04/17
    +7% from 2.520 million total viewers and +9% from 1.109 million adults 18-49 on 9/12/16

    Reruns on NBC Universo

    Fri. Sep. 15 8-11 p.m.: 46,000 total viewers (22,000 adults 18-49)
    Late Fri. Sep. 15/Early Sat. Sep. 16 12-3 a.m.: 14,000 total viewers (10,000 adults 18-49)

    WWE SmackDown

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 on USA

    8-10 p.m.: 1.66 household rating, 2.759 million total viewers and 1.141 million adults 18-49
    +7% from 2.586 million total viewers and +10% from 1.035 million adults 18-49 on USA 9/05/17
    +4% from 2.658 million total viewers and -2% from 1.166 million adults 18-49 on USA 9/13/16

    Reruns on NBC Universo

    Sat. Sep. 16 9-11 p.m.: 42,000 total viewers (19,000 adults 18-49)
    Late Sat. Sep. 16/Early Sun. Sep. 17 12-2 a.m.: 25,000 total viewers (10,000 adults 18-49)

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    Impact Wrestling (Pop, Sep. 14 8:00-10:00 p.m.): 239,000 total viewers (61,000 adults 18-49)

    Inside the NFL (Showtime, Sep. 12 9:00-9:59 p.m.): 138,000 viewers (78,000 adults 18-49)

    Season with Navy Football (Showtime, Sep. 12 10:00-10:29 p.m.): 55,000 viewers (23,000 adults 18-49)

    Powernation: Extreme Off Road (Spike, Sep. 16 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 254,000 viewers (141,000 adults 18-49)
    Powernation: Engine Power (Spike, Sep. 16 9:30-10:00 a.m.): 274,000 viewers (109,000 adults 18-49)
    Powernation: Truck Tech (Spike, Sep. 16 10:00-10:30 a.m.): 271,000 viewers (85,000 adults 18-49)
    Powernation: Detroit Muscle (Spike, Sep. 16 10:30-11:00 a.m.): 331,000 viewers (116,000 adults 18-49)

    ELEAGUE: CS: GO Group B Play (TBS, Sep. 15 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.): 289,000 viewers (162,000 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.