World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win

MLB ON FOX: LOGONetwork Posts Best Prime Time Tuesday Since 2012

FOX Deportes Posts Record-Breaking Viewership;

Kansas City Posts Best Local Game 1 Rating Since 2007

Kansas City – The San Francisco Giants and starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner dominated the upstart Kansas City Royals to take Game 1 of the 2014 World Series 7-1 last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and viewership of the spectacle led FOX to dominate the night.

Game 1 of the 2014  World Series notched a 7.3/12 household rating share, with 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national figures issued today by Nielsen, and ranks as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched prime time broadcast since an edition of AMERICAN IDOL in February.  Additional points follow:

•       From 8:05 to 11:00 PM ET, FOX averaged a 7.7/13 with 12.8 million viewers, and once final nationals are issued, it projects to win the night in prime time (A18-49) and to be the network’s best Tuesday night performance in over two-and-a-half years (Feb. 2012).

•       FOX Deportes’ coverage of World Series Game 1 averaged 273,000 total viewers, the most for a World Series game in Spanish language television history, +77% (273,000 vs. 154,000) vs. Game 1 last year, and +81% (273,000 vs. 151,000) vs. Game 1 in 2012, the last time San Francisco competed in the Fall Classic.  When viewership on FOX Deportes is combined with FOX, the total average audience for Game 1 is 12.5 million viewers, down from 14.4 million viewers for Game 1 last year, while up compared to Game 1 in 2012 (12.2 million viewers).

•       Ratings in the two competing markets were nothing short of spectacular.  Kansas City led all markets, posting a 48.2/68, the best rating for World Series Game 1 in any market since 2007, while San Francisco registered a 29.3/50.  Sacramento posted a 23.0/37, followed by St. Louis (13.3/20) and Las Vegas (11.1/19) to round out the top five.

•       Viewership for Game 1 would have greatly benefitted from a more competitive contest.  Initial tune-in was a 6.9/12 from 8:05-8:30 PM ET, with ratings peaking at 8.5/14 from 9:00-9:30 PM ET as the Royals threatened but failed to score in the home third. Ratings decreased throughout the evening as the Giants extended their lead to 7-0 and finished off with a 5.7/12 from 11:30-11:41 PM ET.

•      World Series Game 1 broke records for FOX Sports GO, reaching a new best day ever for authenticated viewership.  Yesterday’s reach outperforms the prior record-holding day (Oct. 12, 2014, Game 2 of the NLCS) by 13%.  FOX Sports GO was downloaded more yesterday than any weekday since its launch on iOS.

Live coverage of World Series Game 2 begins tonight on AMERICA’S PREGAME on FOX Sports 1 at 6:00 PM ET before shifting to Kansas City at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Deportes and streaming live on FOX Sports GO at 7:30 PM ET.


USA-Portugal: Most-Viewed Soccer Match Ever in U.S.

FIFA-World-Cup-2014_Logo-espnUSA-Portugal: Most-Viewed Soccer Match Ever in U.S.
  • ESPN Telecast Averages 18,220,000 Viewers and Peaks with 22,961,000 viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records
  • Most-viewed Non-Football Telecast on ESPN Ever
  • Significant Viewership Growth Over 2010 and 2006, including in All Key Demos
  • Sets Rating Record in 18 markets; Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 32 Games
ESPN’s telecast of the United States’ 2-2 tie against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, June 22, is the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers based on a 9.6 HH US rating. It surpassed the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. Additional television highlights:
  • The telecast peaked from 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET with an average of 22,961,000 viewers and an 11.9 HH US rating.
  • The match is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts.
  • While Sunday’s 9.6 HH US rating is the highest-rated men’s soccer telecast ever (topping a 9.5 for Italy vs. Brazil in the 1994 final), it is the second highest-rated soccer match overall behind an 11.4 HH US rating for 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC.
  • The first 2014 FIFA World Cup match involving the United States (a 2-1 victory over Ghana) averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 HH US rating, making it the highest-rated and most-viewed men’s soccer match on ESPN or ESPN2 on record at the time.
In addition to setting a television viewership record, Sunday’s match also set product records on WatchESPN with a 490,000 average minute audience, and total of 1,373,000 viewers and 61,691,000 minutes viewed.
Significant Television Viewership Increases Over 2010 and 2006
Overall, ESPN’s 2014 World Cup coverage is posting significant viewership increases over 2010 and 2006. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average 4,273,000 viewers and a 2.6 HH US rating through the first 32 matches, marking increases of 50 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,857,000 in 2010 and 2,048,000 in 2006), and 44 percent and 86 percent (vs. 1.8 in 2010 and 1.4 in 2006), respectively.
In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.
WatchESPN Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN has averaged 259,000 viewers in the average minute across 32 World Cup matches, which represents a six percent lift over the ESPN Networks’ English language TV audience for a total of 4,533,000 viewers across TV and WatchESPN.
In addition, WatchESPN has posted a 158 percent increase in viewers and 167 percent in minutes through the first 32 games, averaging 759,000 viewers and 33,319,000 minutes viewed per match.
Success beyond USA Matches
In addition to Sunday’s record telecast, ESPN tied the record for the highest-rated World Cup match not involving the United States on ESPN or ESPN2, averaging a 3.4 US HH rating and 5,735,000 viewers for Germany vs. Ghana on Saturday, June 21 (tied with the 2006 Italy vs. Germany semifinal). Overall, the 2014 World Cup coverage has delivered six of the highest-rated and most-viewed Group Play matches not involving a United States team on ESPN and ESPN2.
Metered Markets
Washington, D.C., led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Portugal telecast with a 13.3 rating, followed by Columbus (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5).
Eighteen markets recorded their highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, including seven that were among the top 10 largest for the telecast: Columbus, Boston, Hartford/New Haven, Providence, Atlanta, Baltimore and Sacramento. The additional 11, ordered by highest rating: Kansas City (10.1), Dayton (8.9), St. Louis (8.7), Jacksonville (8.4), Tampa/St. Petersburg (8.3), Nashville (7.8), Greenville (7.6), Greensboro (7.5), Memphis (7.5), Pittsburgh (6.9) and Birmingham (5.8).
Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the first 32 games with a 5.0 average rating, followed by New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Orlando (3.8), Los Angeles (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.7), Atlanta (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Boston (3.5), West Palm Beach (3.5) and Richmond (3.5).
Upcoming ESPN World Cup Coverage
ESPN’s FIFA World Cup coverage continues this week with two matches at 11:30 a.m. and two at 3:30 p.m. each day from today through the completion of Group Play on Thursday, June 26. The match for the United States (against Germany) airs on Thursday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. (on ESPN).
ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament includes all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+.  ABC’s matches will also available on WATCH ABC. Schedule.


2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Are Second-Most Watched Since 2006

nbc-sports-group2014 Stanley Cup Final Is Only Fifth Final Since 1994 to Average 5 Million Viewers

NBC Sports Live Extra Sets NHL Streaming Records for Playoffs, Final & Game 5

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 16, 2014 – On the strength of an NHL record 93 postseason games – including 46 one-goal games and 26 overtime games – a new playoff format that emphasized divisional rivalries, and a Stanley Cup Final that featured the nation’s two largest media markets, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs became the second-most watched NHL post-season since NBC and NBCSN began their exclusive coverage in 2006, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company. Every game was televised nationally by the NBC Sports Group.

In addition, the Stanley Cup Final, won in five games by the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers, was just the fifth Final in 20 years to average more than 5.0 million viewers. Digitally, NBC Sports Live Extra delivered live stream records in virtually all metrics for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Final and Game 5.


NBC, NBCSN and CNBC combined to average a 0.87 HH rating and 1.445 million viewers, ranking the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as second-most watched since 2006, the year NBC and NBCSN began their most-recent run of exclusive playoff coverage, and the fourth-most watched on record (since data became available in 1994). In the past 20 years, the 2014 post-season only trailed 1996 (1.564 million on Fox/ESPN), 1997 (1.523 million on Fox/ESPN), and 2013 (1.471 million).

CABLE: For the 77 playoff games telecast on NBCSN and CNBC, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a 0.66 HH rating and 1.098 million viewers, ranking as the most-watched NHL playoffs on cable in 17 years (1997, 1.211 million viewers on ESPN/ESPN2).

This year’s average viewership was up 10% from the 2013 cable average of 1.000 million viewers (0.60 HH rating).


The 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which ended in five games, delivered a 3.01 HH rating and averaged 5.001 million viewers, making it just the fifth Stanley Cup Final on record (since data 1994) to average at least 5.0 million viewers. It was also the most-watched Final on record that did not include either the Chicago Blackhawks or Detroit Red Wings. Games 1-2 and Game 5 aired on NBC, while NBCSN televised Games 3-4.

Following are the five most-watched Stanley Cup Finals since 1994 (viewers):

1.      2013: Chicago/Boston, 6 games (5.753 million)
2.      1997: Detroit/Philly, 4 games (5.289)
3.      2010: Chicago/Philly, 6 games (5.167)
4.      2002: Detroit/Carolina, 5 games (5.113)
5.      2014: New York/Los Angeles, 5 games (5.001)

Overall, the 2013 and 2012 Stanley Cup Finals both went to six games. This year’s Final was up 64% and 66% vs. 2012 (1.83 and 3.012), the last time the Kings appeared in the Final, and down 9% and 13%, respectively, vs. 2013 (3.31 and 5.753), which was the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record.


As previously announced on Saturday, the thrilling Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime, averaged 6.0 million viewers; making it the most-watched Game 5 in six years and helping NBC win the night in primetime, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company. Los Angeles and New York both scored their second-best local-market ratings ever for an NHL game on NBC or NBCSN.


As previously released, Friday night’s Game 5 (8:13 p.m. – 12:47 a.m. ET) delivered a 3.7 HH rating and 6.0 million viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 5 since the triple-overtime fifth game of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final between Pittsburgh and Detroit (6.2 million, NBC).

Viewership was up seven percent vs. Game 5 on NBC last year between Chicago and Boston (5.6 million). It was also up a remarkable 82% compared to the fifth game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which also featured the Kings (vs. Devils) and was a potential Cup-clinching game (3.3 million).

The game peaked at over 8.5 million viewers from 12-12:30 a.m. ET.


Los Angeles delivered a 12.4 rating, ranking as the market’s second-best rating ever on NBC or NBCSN and up 41% vs. Game 5 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final (8.8), which was a potential Cup-clinching game. Friday night’s game trailed only the Cup-clinching Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final (13.6) as the most-watched in the L.A. market’s history for an NHL game on NBC or NBCSN.

New York also scored its second-best NHL rating ever on NBC or NBCSN with a 10.4 rating. It only trailed another double-overtime game, Game 2 of this series, by a tenth of a rating point (10.5).

Following are the Top 10 markets for Friday night’s Game 5:

Rank Market RTG
1 Los Angeles 12.4
2 New York 10.4
3 Buffalo 9.2
4 Boston 6.3
4 Minneapolis-St. Paul 6.3
6 Pittsburgh 5.5
7 Chicago 5.4
7 Providence 5.4
9 West Palm Beach 5.2
9 Las Vegas 5.2


In primetime, NBC is expected to be No. 1 for the night among the four major broadcast networks in A18-49 (1.9 rating). A primetime win will mean that NBC will have won the night for all three Stanley Cup Final games that aired on the network (Games 1-2, 5).


On the strength of the inaugural NHL Stadium Series, the return of the NHL Winter Classic, and the second season of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013-14 NHL regular season set a full-season viewership record for NBCSN. For more information on 2013-14 NHL regular-season viewership, click here:


GAME 5: The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which was unauthenticated, delivered record traffic for an NHL game on NBC Sports Live Extra for virtually every metric, including uniques (274,473) and live minutes (11,423,556).

FINAL: Live streaming for the five-game 2014 Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 603,000 uniques and 37.14 million minutes, up 38% and 22%, respectively, vs. last year and made 2014 the most-consumed Stanley Cup Final ever.

Following are the Top 5 games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final (minutes watched):

1.      June 13 – Game 5: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 11.42 million (unauthenticated)
2.      June 7 – Game 2: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 9.02 million (unauthenticated)
3.      June 4 – Game 1: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 6.49 million (unauthenticated)
4.      June 11 – Game 4: Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers – 5.22 million (authentication-required)*
5.      June 9 – Game 3: Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers – 4.77 million (authentication-required)

*Best authentication-required Stanley Cup Final game ever

PLAYOFFS: For the entire 93 games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 1.52 million uniques and 201.50 million minutes watched. Those metrics are the best-ever for an NHL post-season and are up 180% in uniques and 183% in minutes vs. last year.

Following are the Top 5 games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (minutes watched):

1.      June 13 – Game 5: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 11.42 million (unauthenticated)
2.      June 7 – Game 2: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 9.02 million (unauthenticated)
3.      June 1 – Game 7: Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks – 8.15 million (authentication-required)*
4.      June 4 – Game 1: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 6.49 million (unauthenticated)
5.      May 28 – Game 5: Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks – 5.49 million (authentication-required)

*Best authentication-required NHL game ever and best Conference Final game ever


NFL Media Posts Record Numbers for All Three Days of the 2014 NFL Draft

nfl-mediaNFL Network’s Rating & Viewers Up 27% & 33% From ’13 Respectively

With Growth Every Year, NFL Network’s Rating Up 104% & Viewership Up 121% Since ‘10

NFL Digital Media Properties Received More Than 44 Million Visits – Up 41% from ‘13

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network, and NFL Mobile from Verizon – posted record numbers across all platforms for all three days of the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL Network’s coverage averaged a .79 US HH rating and 1.24 million viewers – both records for the network. Versus last year’s coverage, NFL Network experienced a 27 percent increase in average rating (.62) and a 33 percent increase in average viewers (931,000).

In the 10th year of covering the NFL Draft, NFL Network has increased ratings and viewership each year, and is up 104 percent in ratings and up 121 percent in viewership since 2010.

In total, coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft on NFL Network, ESPN & ESPN2 reached 45.7 million people across the three days, topping the previous record set in 2010, according to The Nielsen Company. The number of viewers that watched some part of the draft over the combined three days topped the previous record of 45.4 million set in 2010.

The NFL’s digital media platforms – including and NFL Mobile from Verizon – set records over the three days of the 2014 NFL Draft including:

  • 44 million visits: a 41 percent increase over 2013
    • Visits to nearly doubled and NFL Mobile from Verizon had a year-over-year increase of 133 percent
  • Over the course of the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL digital media properties had 19 million visitors, 25 percent higher than the 2013 NFL Draft
  • 23 million video views: an 86 percent increase from 2013 and 102 percent increase from 2012


Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (, the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (, with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.


ESPN’s Highest-Rated NFL Draft Telecast Since 1993

2014NFLDraftESPN’s presentation of the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10) – including the first two nights in prime time – was the network’s highest-rated NFL Draft telecast since 1993, based on fast nationals, according to the Nielsen Company. The telecast also saw significant increases in both ratings and viewership over the 2013 event.

The 15-plus hours on ESPN and ESPN2 delivered a 2.7 US rating, a 31 percent gain from 2013 (2.1) and a 35 percent increase from 2012 (2.0). The average viewership of 4,121,000 viewers is a 36 percent gain over 2013 (3,035,000) and a 41 percent increase over 2012 (2,924,000). All key male and adult demos were also up double digits from the previous two years.

This weekend matches ESPN’s one-day telecast of the 1993 NFL Draft (Sunday only), which also averaged a 2.7 rating

The top-10 metered markets for ESPN’s three days of NFL Draft coverage were New Orleans (5.6 rating), Cleveland (5.6), Birmingham, Ala. (5.3), Buffalo (4.8), Greenville, S.C. (4.8), Houston (4.5), Dayton (4.2), Columbus, Ohio (4.1), Austin (4.1) and Cincinnati (4.0).

Rounds 4-7 / Day 3 (Saturday)

ESPN’s 7.5 hours of coverage (12-7:35 p.m. ET) on ESPN delivered a 1.5 US rating, a 36 percent increase over last year’s coverage (1.1 US), while viewership averaged 1,962,000, pacing 22 percent ahead of 2013 (1,610,000).

Rounds 2-3 / Day 2 (Friday)

ESPN’s one hour of coverage (7-7:59 p.m. ET) delivered a 2.2 US rating and 3,155,000 viewers, based on fast nationals, while ESPN2’s remaining 3.5 hours (7:59-11:25 p.m.) delivered a 1.8 US rating and 2,693,000 viewers. Together, the two networks averaged a 1.9 US rating and 2,796,000 viewers, equaling the 2013 rating and a three percent gain in viewership from last year’s second and third rounds on ESPN and ESPN2 (2,727,000 viewers).

Round 1 / Day 1 (Thursday)

ESPN’s first round coverage of the NFL Draft averaged 9,943,000 viewers with a 6.1 US rating based on fast nationals, making it the most-viewed NFL Draft telecast in ESPN’s 35 years of presenting the event. The Thursday telecast ranks as the sixth highest-rated event of 2014. Full release.

Note: ESPN Digital numbers will be available on Monday.


15.3 Million Watch 140th Running Of The Kentucky Derby On NBC

nbc-sports-group9.4 National HH Rating Marks Best Saturday Rating on any Network Since NBC’s Sochi Olympics

NBC Sports ‘Big Event Strategy’ Leads to More Than 15 Million Viewers for 4th Time in 6 years

Record 4.4 Million Minutes Streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2014 NBC Sports’ coverage of Saturday’s 140th Kentucky Derby averaged 15.3 million viewers, according to fast national data provided today by The Nielsen Company.

California Chrome’s exciting victory in Saturday’s race (6:06-6:52 p.m. ET) marks the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.

  • Viewership increased 3% from 2012 (14.8 million for I’ll Have Another’s victory) – the last time the Kentucky Derby faced head-to-head competition from the NBA Playoffs.
  • NBC’s 9.4/22 household rating for the Kentucky Derby ranks as the best Saturday rating on any network since the 2014 Sochi Olympics on NBC (9.6/17 on Feb. 15).
  • Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby, topped the metered markets with a 37.8 rating/66 share (top 20 markets listed below).

4.4 MILLION MINUTES STREAMED ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Fans live streamed a record 4.38 million minutes of the Kentucky Derby on NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – a 59% increase over last year for coverage which included four exclusive camera angles (grandstand, paddock, overhead, jockey), bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators, and replays and footage from key “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races.

2014 15.3 million NBC California Chrome
2013 16.2 million NBC Orb
2012 14.8 million NBC I’ll Have Another
2011 14.5 million NBC Animal Kingom
2010 16.5 million NBC Super Saver
2009 16.1 million NBC Mine That Bird
2008 14.2 million NBC Big Brown
2007 13.7 million NBC Street Sense
2006 12.9 million NBC Barbaro
2005 13.6 million NBC Giacomo
2004 14.6 million NBC Smarty Jones
2003 11.8 million NBC Funny Cide
2002 12.8 million NBC War Emblem
2001 13.5 million NBC Monarchos
2000 9.1 million ABC Fusaichi Pegasus
1999 9.9 million ABC Charismatic
1998 9.5 million ABC Real Quiet
1997 11.3 million ABC Silver Charm
1996 11.0 million ABC Grindestone
1995  9.3 million ABC Thunder Gulch
1994 12.1 million ABC Go For Gin
1993 11.5 million ABC Sea Hero
1992 13.7 million ABC Lil E Tee
1991 13.4 million ABC Strike The Gold
1990 15.6 million ABC Unbridled
1989 18.5 million ABC Sunday Silence


1. Louisville 37.8/66
2. Ft. Myers 21.3/40
3. West Palm Beach 17.8/31
4. Buffalo 16.8/32
5. Cincinnati 16.7/35
6. Boston 15.5/35
7. Columbus 14.4/31
8. Orlando 14.3/26
T9. Tampa-St. Pete 13.6/25
T9. Indianapolis 13.6/28
11. Knoxville 13.5/26
12. Minneapolis 13.1/33
13. Hartford 13.0/27
T14. Baltimore 12.9/27
T14. Providence 12.9/25
T14. Dayton 12.9/26
17. Milwaukee 12.4/29
T18. Washington, DC 12.2/28
T18. Richmond 12.2/24
T18. Tulsa 12.2/24

PREAKNESS STAKES ON NBC SPORTS, MAY 17: In two weeks, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will take one more step to try to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 36 years, since Affirmed in 1978. NBC Sports Group coverage of The Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., begins Friday, May 16 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.  NBC presents The Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics NBCSN
4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN


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55.9 Million Viewers Tune Into NFC Championship Game on FOX

fox-nflNew York, NY – In a back and forth NFC Championship game that lived up to the hype, the Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII with a victory over the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers, and delivered huge audience numbers for FOX Sports.  Yesterday’s 23-17 Seahawks win scored a 28.5/44 national household rating/share according to Nielsen Media Research, with 55.9 million viewers tuning in, +18% in rating over last year’s match-up between San Francisco and Atlanta (24.2/45), while average audience is +33% (42.0 million).  Additional highlights follow:

  • Sunday’s game ranks as the FOX’s highest-rated non-overtime NFC Championship Game since 1997 (30.1/58, Carolina-Green Bay), and is the most-watched non-overtime NFC Championship Game since 1995 (Dallas – San Francisco, 56.8 million viewers).
  • Punctuated by last night’s game, all four NFL on FOX playoff games this season posted year-to-year increases in rating and viewership.
  • Sunday’s game opened with 47.4 million viewers tuning in and gradually swelled to 60.3 million as Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tipped a potential touchdown pass intended for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree into what amounted to a game-ending interception.
  • The complete 2014 NFL Playoffs on FOX averaged a 23.1/40, with 42.0 million viewers, +13% in rating and +18% in audience over last year (20.5/36, 35.7 million).
  • Seattle led all markets with a huge 54.3/85, followed by San Francisco (47.5/78); Sacramento (46.7/72); Portland (39.5/63); and Milwaukee (38.9/57) to round out the top five.

CBS Sports Earns Second Highest Viewer Average For AFC Championship Game In 32 Years With 51.3 Million

cbs-1Household Rating is Second Highest for AFC Championship Game in 17 Years with 28.1/51

CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game featuring the  Denver Broncos defeating the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 19 (3:06-6:08 PM, ET) averaged 51.3 million viewers (Persons 2+), which is the second-highest viewer average for the AFC Championship game in 32 years, according to Nielsen fast national ratings. (1/10/82; 51.6 million viewers; Cincinnati-San Diego; NBC).

The 51.3 million viewers for the 2014 AFC Championship game is up 22% from the early-game window last year (42.0 million; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 8% from last year’s 47.7 million for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window. The 51.3 million is behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh AFC Championship game (1/23/11; 54.9 million; CBS).

The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game earned a fast-national live + same-day average household rating/share of 28.1/51, which is the second highest rating for the AFC Championship game in 17 years (1/12/97; 28.5/47; Jacksonville-New England; NBC).  The 28.1/51 is behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh game (1/23/11; 28.3/43; CBS).

The 28.1/51 is up 16 % from the early-game window last year (24.2/45; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 10% from last year’s 25.5/39 for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window).

The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game HH rating/share peaked at a 31.5/54 with an average of 59.1 million viewers from 5:30-6:00 PM, ET.


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2014 NFL Playoff Games on FOX Rank as Most-Watched NFL Postseason Ever

fox-nfl2014 NFL PLAYOFF GAMES ON FOX RANK AS MOST-WATCHED NFL POSTSEASON EVER – The 2014 NFL Playoffs on FOX is the network’s most-watched ever after three games, averaging 37.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, eclipsing the network’s previous high of 36.5 million viewers set in 2012.  The three-game average household rating, 21.3/39, is +11% versus 2013 (19.2/34) and ranks as the network’s highest-rated NFL postseason since 1997 (21.5/44).

Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks posted an 18.1/34 household rating/share with 31.1 million viewers, as NFL ratings continue to surge.  Saturday’s early game rating is up +7% over last year’s NFC divisional game (16.9/27) between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers played in prime time.  Additional highlights for Saturday’s NFC divisional matchup include:

-Second highest-rated Saturday NFC divisional game on FOX since 1999 (No. 1 is 22.2/42 was set in 1996);

-Third most-watched Saturday divisional game on FOX ever;

-New Orleans led all markets with a 51.1/74 followed by Seattle which registered a 48.4/82;

-Audience peaked at 36.5 million viewers from 7:00-7:30pm ET.

Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers posted a 19.9/41 household rating/share with 33.3 million viewers.  Yesterday’s game is +3% compared to last year’s 19.3/38 and +11% compared to 32.1 million viewers in 2013 which pit the Seattle Seahawks against the Atlanta Falcons.  Additional highlights from yesterday’s NFC divisional showdown include:

-Third consecutive broadcast in 2014 in which FOX posted year-to-year gains;

-First time that the NFC playoff games on FOX have exceeded 31.0 million viewers for each of its first three games;

-Charlotte led all markets with a 42.1/70 followed by Sacramento 38.5/70, Greensboro 36.8/56 and San Francisco 35.8/74;

-Audience peaked at 38.6 million viewers at 3:30pm ET.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

2014 BCS National Championship Averages 15.7 Overnight Rating

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ESPN’s “BCS Megacast” coverage of the VIZIO BCS National Championship – No. 1 Florida State over No. 2 Auburn 34-31 on Monday, Jan. 6 – averaged a 15.7 overnight rating across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS (the additional eight production variations do not receive overnights). The ESPN-only telecast averaged a 15.3 overnight rating.
This metered-market rating – the highest for all of cable television since the January 2013 BCS National Championship on ESPN – helped drive the network’s five-game BCS average to a 9.9 metered market rating, marking a 10 percent increase over a 9.0 rating for last year’s five games. The game was also the highest-rated program on Monday, helping ESPN win the night among all networks.
Birmingham led all markets for the telecast with a 55.8 rating, marking the third highest-rated bowl game on ESPN in the market behind the 2011 and 2012 BCS Championships. Jacksonville was the second highest-rated market with a 31.1 rating followed by Knoxville (26.6), Atlanta (25.8), Orlando (24.9), Tampa-St. Petersburg (24.2), Memphis (24.1), Greenville (24.0), Nashville (23.5) and Charlotte (22.2). In addition to being among the top 10 markets, the title matchup was also the highest-rated bowl on ESPN in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa-St. Petersburg. All market records date to 2000.
ESPN’s telecast of the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship was the biggest production of a college football game to date with a different viewing option across six of its television platforms as well as audio and digital outlets. The “BCS Megacast” presentation featured multiple ESPN personalities, and guest coaches, players and celebrities for coverage across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN International.
ESPNU will offer an encore presentation of the “BCS Film Room” option from ESPNEWS today at 4 p.m. ET. The telecast featured Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Pitt coach Paul Chryst and Boston College coach Steve Addazio as well as ESPN analysts Matt Millen, Chris Spielman and Tom Luginbill providing in-depth X and O analysis of the game as it happened from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles and touchscreens.