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RATINGS NEWS & NOTES: MSG NETS ALL-TIME TENNIS HIGHS
Published December 2, 1997
MSG Network's week-long coverage of the WTA Chase Championships averaged a 0.74 in the New York area, the highest average for the event. The previous high was a 0.50 in '96. The final, on November 23, drew a 1.16, making it the highest-rated tennis match ever on MSG (THE DAILY). SWEEPS: For the 28-day period of November sweeps, CBS scored a 10.3/17, "edging out" NBC's 10.2/17. ABC received a 9.3/15, while Fox got a 8.0/13, according to Nielsen Media Research. NBC "dominated among adults 18-49," with a 6.9/18, but Fox "bagged an important second-place finish" with a 6.1/15 (Lisa de Moraes, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 12/2). MORE RATINGS NOTES: The NFL Oilers' Thanksgiving Day win over the Cowboys drew a 19.5/47 in Houston, "one of the highest ratings for any NFL game on Houston television this season" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/2)....The Skins Game on ABC fell 32% last weekend from '96. The two-day event averaged a 4.9, "off from" last year's 7.1 for Tiger Woods' debut in the event (USA TODAY, 12/2)....The latest CBC ratings show that Maple Leafs games on "Hockey Night in Canada," which averaged 1.1 million viewers last year, are drawing "about 800,000" this year (TORONTO SUN, 12/2).