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Final Ratings: Fox' NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Tops Last Weekend, But Audience Flat

Fox averaged a 4.0 rating and 6.8 million viewers for last Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, flat in rating, but down 3.8% in viewership compared to the same race last year. The race did lead all sports telecasts last weekend. Meanwhile, CBS earned a 1.6 final rating for its coverage of the final round of the PGA Tour RBC Heritage, down 15.8% from a 1.9 rating last year. Fox Soccer again topped all English-language soccer matches on cable TV last week with the Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea FA Cup Semifinal on April 15, which averaged 338,000 viewers. Only one MLS match -- Crew-Union on NBC Sports Net on April 14 -- cracked the top 10.

The charts below list final Nielsen ratings from recent sports telecasts. All ratings listed are U.S. ratings.
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
NASCAR Sprint Cup: Samsung Mobile 500 (Texas)
4/14
Fox
8:00-11:00pm
4.0
NBA: Mavericks-Lakers
4/15
ABC
3:30-6:00pm
3.0
NBA: Heat-Knicks
4/15
ABC
1:00-3:30pm
2.8
MLB: (regional)
4/14
Fox
1:00-4:00pm
2.3
NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal:
Flyers-Penguins: Game Three
4/15
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
2.0
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage: Final Round
4/15
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.6
NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal:
Capitals-Bruins: Game Two
4/14
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
1.3
NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal:
Predators-Red Wings: Game Three
4/15
NBC
12:00-3:00pm
1.2
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage: Third Round
4/14
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.2
"NBA Countdown"
4/15
ABC
12:30-1:00pm
0.9
PBR Built Ford Tough Series:
15/15 Bucking Battle (taped)
4/15
CBS
2:00-3:00pm
0.8
Monster Energy AMA Supercross (taped)
4/15
CBS
1:00-2:00pm
0.6
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
4/14
ABC
4:00-6:00pm
0.5
Midget Car Racing: Lucas Oil
Chili Bowl Nationals (taped)
4/14
CBS
2:00-3:00pm
0.4
         
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
NBA: Heat-Bulls
4/12
TNT
8:16-11:07pm
2.4
3,671
NBA: Knicks-Bulls
4/10
ESPN
9:41pm-12:12am
1.9
2,834
MLB: Angels-Yankees
4/15
ESPN
7:58-11:39pm
1.9
2,830
NBA: Celtics-Heat
4/10
ESPN
7:00-9:41pm
1.7
2,405
NBA: Knicks-Bucks
4/11
ESPN
8:06-10:43pm
1.2
1,684
NASCAR Nationwide Series:
O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
4/13
ESPN2
8:30-11:25pm
1.0
1,656
NBA: Mavericks-Warriors
4/12
TNT
11:07pm-1:13am
1.2
1,358
NBA: Suns-Rockets
4/13
ESPN
8:06-10:46pm
0.9
1,149
NBA: Warriors-Trail Blazers
4/11
ESPN
10:43pm-1:02am
0.8
1,114
NBA: Mavericks-Trail Blazers
4/13
ESPN
10:46pm-1:07am
0.9
1,104
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