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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. […]

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Netherlands-Mexico is Most-Watched Program Ever on Univision

Mexico was doing so well late in its game with the Netherlands when everything came crashing down in the 89th minute with a tying goal, then a controversial penalty kick to win the game for the Dutch and eliminate the Mexicans for the 6th straight time in the Round of 16. Univision saw a record […]

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Univision Sees Ratings Increase for 1st 48 Games of the World Cup

In its last year of airing the FIFA World Cup until at least 2025, Univision is seeing larger numbers from the last World Cup in 2010. Univision says its ratings have increased by 43% in total viewers and by 31% in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Its USA-Germany viewership was 3.4 million and combined with ESPN’s […]

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USA-Germany Gets 2nd Highest Rating for Men’s World Cup Match on ESPN

Soccer continues to score for ESPN. The USA-Germany game on the Mothership scored a 6.7 rating, better than the 6.3 for USA-Ghana on Sunday. Viewership on ESPN was 10,771,000 and on WatchESPN, the online service had 3.2 million unique viewers. That is pretty amazing when you get down to the numbers. At its highest peak, […]