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Ratings News and Notes

  • English Premier League Championship Sunday soccer matches on the family of NBC networks — ten matches, one on each network — from May 21 combined for 1.795 million viewers, off 4 percent from EPL Championship Sunday 2016 (1.865 million viewers from May 15, 2016).

  • On May 20, NBCSN’s Preakness Stakes Prep drew 391,000 viewers — 16 percent below the year-ago prep (May 21, 2016: 467,000 viewers) and 6 percent below the 2015 prep (May 16, 2015: 411,000 viewers). One day earlier, the Preakness Black Eyed Susan (also on NBCSN, 120,000 viewers from May 19) was down 30 percent from last year (May 20, 2016: 172,000 viewers) but up 20 percent from two years ago (May 15, 2015: 100,000 viewers).

  • Afternoon coverage of cycling’s Tour of California on NBCSN averaged 100,000 viewers from May 15-19, down 10 percent from the comparable Monday-Friday portion of one year ago (May 16-20, 2016: 110,000 viewers). As a positive, there was a significant 39 percent uplift among adults 18-49 (40,000 vs. 29,000).

  • Kansas City Royals’ 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees in a special MLB Thursday night showcase from May 18 drew 910,000 viewers for FS1. It was the most-watched regular-season baseball game in the network’s history. The game featured Kevin Burkhardt doing play-by-play and the debut of Alex Rodriguez as in-game analyst. (Source: Fox Sports)

  • All three auto races on FS1 from May 19-21 saw year-to-year declines:

    • NASCAR Monster Energy Cup All-Star Race (FS1 May 20): 2.87 million viewers (-13 percent from 3.29 million on May 21, 2016)
    • NASCAR Camping Truck World Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Concord) (FS1 May 19): 669,000 viewers (-31 percent from 966,000 on May 21, 2016)
    • NHRA Heartland Nationals (Topeka) (FS1 May 21): 533,000 viewers (-3 percent from 551,000 on May 22, 2016)

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NBCSN Top 25 (and Select) Programs

NBCSN ratings for May 15-21 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 +2 percent (1,030,000 vs. 1,013,000) from one week earlier and down -19 percent (1,030,000 vs. 1,264,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), NBCSN is down -13 percent (222,000 vs. 254,000) from one week earlier and down -11 percent (222,000 vs. 249,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following NBCSN programs of the week:

  • “Pro Football Talk Live AM” (May 15-19): 24,000 (11,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Dan Patrick Show” (May 15-19): 67,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Sports Jeopardy” (May 17): 39,000 (23,000 adults 18-49)

English Premier League Championship Sunday (May 21, 2017)

Premier League: Everton vs. Arsenal (NBC, May 21 9:59 a.m.): 787,000 viewers (329,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Middlesborough vs. Liverpool (NBCSN, May 21 9:54 a.m.-12:42 p.m.): 298,000 viewers (164,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Tottenham vs. Hull (MSNBC, May 21 11:12 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 241,000 viewers (49,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Sunderland vs. Chelsea (Syfy, May 21 9:59 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 136,000 viewers (66,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United (CNBC, May 21 9:59 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 102,000 viewers (45,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Manchester City vs. Watford (USA, May 21 9:59 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 98,000 viewers (52,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Stoke vs. Southampton (E!, May 21 10:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 50,000 viewers (29,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: Bournemouth vs. Leicester (Bravo, May 21 9:59 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 46,000 viewers (19,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: West Ham vs. Burnley (Oxygen, May 21 9:59-11:00 a.m.): 37,000 viewers (17,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: West Ham vs. Burnley (Oxygen, May 21 11:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 36,000 viewers (21,000 adults 18-49)

Premier League: West Brom vs. Swansea (Esquire, May 21 10:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.): 1,000 viewers (0,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 1 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS1 ratings for May 15-21 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), FS1 is down -9 percent (591,000 vs. 653,000) from one week earlier and up +9 percent (591,000 vs. 541,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS1 is down -7 percent (199,000 vs. 213,000) from one week earlier and down -10 percent (199,000 vs. 220,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 2016).

Viewership averages for the following FS1 programs of the week:

  • “Skip & Shannon: Undisputed” (FS1 May 15-19): 122,000 (70,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS1 May 15-19): 95,000 (53,000 adults 18-49)
  • “The Herd” (FS2 May 19): 23,000 (15,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Speak For Yourself” (FS1 May 15-18): 70,000 (32,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub” (FS1 May 15-18): 184,000 (28,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition” (FS1 May 19): 214,000 (39,000 adults 18-49)
  • “MLB Whiparound” (FS1 May 15-19): 96,000 (34,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS1 May 15-19 late night): 24,000 (10,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports Weekend” (FS1 Late May 21/Early May 22 1:30-2 a.m.): 78,000 (30,000 adults 18-49)
  • “TMZ Sports” (FS2 May 16-19 9:00-9:30 a.m.): 4,000 (1,000 adults 18-49)

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich vs. Freiburg (Fox Deportes, May 20 9:24-11:38 a.m.) 38,000 viewers (25,000 adults 18-49)

Major League Baseball: New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals (Fox Deportes, May 18 7:59-11:00 p.m.) 17,000 viewers (5,000 adults 18-49)

Major League Soccer: Orlando City vs. New York City FC (Fox Deportes, May 21 7:00-9:30 p.m.) 16,000 viewers (9,000 adults 18-49)

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup: All-Star Race (Fox Deportes, May 20 8:00-10:00 p.m.) 21,000 viewers (13,000 adults 18-49)

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Fox Sports 2 Top 25 (and Select) Programs

FS2 ratings for May 15-21 2017
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In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), FS2 is down -19 percent (25,000 vs. 31,000) from one week earlier and down -7 percent (25,000 vs. 27,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 2016).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), FS2 is down -6 (17,000 vs. 18,000) from one week earlier and down -11 percent (17,000 vs. 19,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 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.

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    I still don’t understand why Tottenham v Hull, a predictably high-scoring game, was put on MSNBC.

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