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Thursday Night Football Premiere Really Scores for CBS/NFL Network

Whether it was Ray Rice or people are just starved for football, another network TV primetime NFL package scored in the ratings. The Pittsburgh-Baltimore game to kick off the new combined CBS/NFL Network Thursday Night Football series gave the networks a 13.7 overnight rating with a 23 share. That’s up a whopping 108% from last […]

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ESPN’s Monday Night Football Doubleheader Scores for … You Know

The ESPN opening week Monday Night Football doubleheader did well for the network. The New York Giants at Detroit and San Diego at Arizona were the top two programs in primetime across cable and beat all broadcast offerings. The first game, Giants-Lions secured an 8.4 rating with 13.7 million viewers. New York received a combined […]

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NBC Scores with NFL Kickoff Game and Sunday Night Football Premiere

Even though the NFL isn’t having the best of weeks, it can crow a little bit about the ratings for the NFL Kickoff game last Thursday between the Green Bay Packers and defending Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks as well as the Sunday Night Football season premiere which pitted the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. […]

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ESPN Scores with Cleveland-Washington NFL Preseason Game

Monday night’s Cleveland at Washington NFL preseason game gave ESPN its highest ratings and biggest audience in five years. ESPN’s Monday Night Football garnered a 4.5 rating and an average 6.898 million viewers. It’s the highest-rated and biggest audience since a 2009 Houston Texans-Minnesota Vikings preseason game (5.2 rating and 7.918 million viewers). ESPN won […]

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CBS Scores with the Final Round of the 2014 PGA Championship

Thanks to a rain delay that pushed the final round of the PGA Championship into primetime in the Eastern and Central time zones, CBS saw its best rating for the event in five years. As Rory McIlroy charged from behind to win the Wannamaker Trophy over Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson, the Tiffany […]

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You Did This, America! Hall of Fame Game Wins Primetime. Again.

People keep picking on preseason football and say they won’t watch, but it keeps winning primetime. The Hall of Fame Game on NBC on Sunday between the Buffalo Bills and New York Football Giants pulled a 5.8/10 overnight rating. NBC Sports Public Relations tweeted the numbers this morning. Austin Karp at Sports Business Daily/Sports Business […]

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2014 MLB All-Star Game Hits Four Year High in Ratings, Viewership

As much as we pick on the MLB All-Star Game for what’s wrong, we may finally be seeing something right about the exhibition game that counts for something (we can debate that until the cows come home). For the second straight year, the All-Star Game saw its viewership increase. In 2014, Fox garnered an average […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

17.3 Million Americans Watch World Cup Final on ABC; 26.5 Million Overall

I never would have thought in a million years that the World Cup would see huge numbers, however, throw the baby out with the bath water this year. ESPN did a tremendous job in marketing the World Cup. The U.S. men’s national team became a huge story and for one month, the networks of ESPN […]

2014 World Cup Final on ABC Draws Third-Highest Overnight Rating for World Cup

ESPN has announced that Sunday’s Germany-Argentina World Cup Final which aired on ABC, received a 9.7 overnight rating. It’s the third-highest overnight rating for a World Cup match behind the 1994 Final between Brazil and Italy (12.8) and the 1994 Round of 16 match between the USA and Brazil (10.4). Yesterday’s match was 13% better […]

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Netherlands-Argentina Becomes Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal on ESPN

Well, the World Cup viewing records continue to fall for ESPN. A day after setting a record for the Brazil-Germany 7-1 blowout, ESPN set another standard for Wednesday’s Netherlands-Argentina game. On Tuesday, Brazil-Germany received a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers. The Netherlands-Argentina match garnered a 4.3 rating and 6.823 million viewers. These numbers will […]

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Brazil-Colombia Becomes Most Watched World Cup Quarterfinal on ESPN Networks

ESPN is certainly happy that there’s still interest in the World Cup despite the United States being eliminated earlier this week. Brazil vs. Colombia is now the most-watched World Cup quarterfinal on the networks of ESPN garnering a 3.6 fast national rating and just under 6.35 million viewers. So to the detractors of soccer and […]

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Univision Scores 5.1 Million Viewers for USA-Belgium

Univision/Univision Deportes saw a combined 5.1 million viewers for USA-Belgium. We noted earlier that ESPN garnered an audience of 16.5 million for the game so overall, the game had a combined audience of 21.6 million viewers. Online, Univision saw 1.8 million unique viewers so with the combined online and TV audience, the game had just […]

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USA-Belgium Scores ESPN’s Highest-Ever Overnight World Cup Rating

The game may have resulted in a loss, but the overnight rating for USA-Belgium was a big win for ESPN. It ended as the highest overnight rating ever for a World Cup game on ESPN networks. Overall, the game averaged a 9.6 rating and peaking at an amazing 14.1 in the 5:45-6 p.m. ET quarter-hour. […]