Ratings News and Notes

The lack of success by most of the American contingent at tennis’ “2018 Australian Open” took a toll on its first week viewership. For Jan. 15-21, live coverage on ESPN2 (and streaming) in late night averaged 227,000 viewers — down 20 percent from last year (284,000); down 25 percent from two years ago (300,000). In years prior, ratings did not yet include streaming data.

The season premiere of the college basketball edition of ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Jan. 20 (650,000 viewers) saw a 6 percent jump from last year’s start (616,000 viewers from 1/21/17).

Three NHL games on NBCSN from Jan. 16-17 each had total viewer gains from their respective year-ago comparable games: the non-exclusive Flyers-Rangers game from Jan. 16 (192,000 viewers), up 12 percent (172,000 for Blackhawks-Avalanche from 1/17/17); the prime time Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup of Canadiens-Bruins game from Jan. 17 (454,000 viewers), up 2 percent (447,000 for Bruins-Red Wings from 1/18/17); and, the Penguins-Ducks game from Jan. 16 (192,000 viewers), up 3 percent (186,000 for Sharks-Kings from 1/18/17).

Monster Energy Supercross” from Anaheim on FS1 from Jan. 20 (328,000 viewers) grew 5 percent jump from last year’s Anaheim event (313,000 viewers from 1/21/17).

The 2018 “NFLPA Collegiate Bowl” on FS1 from Jan. 20 (165,000 viewers) had a slight 7 percent decrease from the year-ago Collegiate Bowl (178,000 viewers from 1/21/17).

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Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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