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Austin Karp is assistant managing editor for SportsBusiness Daily/Journal.

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ESPN To Broadcast NFL Wild Card Playoff Game, NBC Gets Divisional Round Matchup

04 / 22 / 14

ESPN will carry an NFL Wild Card playoff game this season, marking the first time an NFL postseason game will move off broadcast TV. ESPN has committed to pay $100M per season to carry the game, sources said. ESPN says the NFL exercised an option to move one Wild Card game to cable starting this sea...

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Fox Looks To Boost MLB Audience Numbers

Fox’ regular-season MLB ratings have been flat over the last three years at a 1.8 rating, and down from a 2.3 rating during the ’07 season. The net did see a 24% ratings bump for its three primetime telecasts last season, compared to the same three primetime telecasts in ...

Tags: MLB Season Preview, Fox

Cable Sports Network Distribution For April

NBC Sports Network is in 79.3 million U.S. homes this month as the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs get set to begin, up just over 3 million homes from the same period last year. Some Stanley Cup games will also  air on CNBC for the first time , with that network in 97.5 million homes in April. MLB Ne ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research

Golf Channel, NBA TV Set Q1 Records

Several cable TV sports networks saw record audiences during the first quarter of '12. Coming off its most-viewed year ever in '11, Golf Channel posted its most-viewed quarter ever in total-day and primetime audience. The net saw the audience for nine of 14 PGA Tour events rise over '11, with seven ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research, ESPN, Speed Channel, NBC, Golf Channel

Tennis Fans Vary Among Different Ethnicities

Around 3.4% of U.S. adults claim to be very interested in men's and/or women's tennis, while 20.1% have some sort of interest, according to data from Scarborough Sports Marketing. The more avid tennis fans tend to be in older demos (45-64, 65+), live in households with larger incomes ($100K+, $250K ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Scarborough, Tennis, ATP, WTA

Overnight Nielsen Ratings

Weekend overnights for sports telecasts were led by coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and the final round of the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational. Fox’ NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage had to air up against both events, with the Auto Club 500 earning a 3.4 overnight from 3:1 ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research

NCAA Tourney Averaging 5.5 To Date

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is averaging a 5.5 U.S. rating across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV through Thursday night’s Sweet 16 games, down 4% from a 5.7 rating in '11, which was the first year of the four-network format. The 5.5 average, however, marks the second best average throu ...

Overnight Nielsen Ratings

Last night's NCAA men's basketball tournament third round game on CBS featuring North Carolina-Creighton topped all weekend sports telecasts with a 6.4 overnight Nielsen rating. That figure is flat compared to Ohio State-George Mason in the same late afternoon window last year, and down from the to ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research

Final Nielsen Ratings

ESPN averaged 2.04 million viewers for the premiere of "The Announcement" last Sunday. The documentary focusing on Magic Johnson's '91 revelation that he was HIV positive was down from the documentary the net aired on Selection Sunday last year. "The Fab Five" averaged 2.75 million viewers in the s ...

Tags: Media, Nielsen Media Research

NCAA Basketball Flat On CBS, ESPN

ESPN averaged a 0.9 U.S. rating and 1.4 million viewers for its ’11-12 regular season (non-conference tournament) men’s college basketball games, flat compared to the net’s figures from ’10-11 and ‘09-10. Louisville topped all markets for the season with a 4.5 local ra ...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

Fox led all weekend sports telecasts with a 4.6 overnight Nielsen rating for yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas. That figure is down 13% from the same race last year. The Michigan State-Ohio State Big Ten tournament championship yesterday topped all NCAA men's basketball ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research

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