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BCS Championship, Rose Bowl Top List Of Most-Viewed Cable TV Sports Telecasts In '12

The BCS National Championship game once again topped the list of the year’s most-viewed sports telecasts on cable TV, with the Alabama-LSU matchup averaging a 14.0 rating and 24.2 million viewers. The Auburn-Oregon BCS title game led all cable sports telecasts last year with a 15.3 rating and 27.3 million viewers. Taking the No. 2 spot once again was the Rose Bowl on ESPN, which drew a 10.2 rating and 17.6 million viewers for Oregon against Wisconsin. Those two games have topped the list of most-watched cable sports telecasts since the BCS games moved to cable TV in ’11. The 16 “MNF” telecasts to date occupy most of the spots in the top 25. This year’s most-viewed “MNF” to date was the Oct. 1 Cowboys-Bears matchup, which drew a 10.5 rating and 16.6 million viewers. The most-viewed non-football telecast on cable was ESPN's coverage of Game 7 of the Heat-Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals on June 9. That game ranked 10th overall with a 7.7 rating and 13.3 million viewers, while marking the NBA’s most-viewed game ever on cable TV. ESPN led all nets with 24 of the top 25 most-viewed cable TV telecasts. Only TNT’s Thunder-Spurs NBA Western Conference Finals Game Six cracked the top 25. See tomorrow’s issue for a ranking of the most-viewed sports telecasts on broadcast TV.

MOST-VIEWED SPORTS TELECASTS ON CABLE TV THROUGH DEC. 17
RK
DATE
PROGRAM
NET
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
1
1/9
BCS National Championship: Alabama-LSU
ESPN
14.0
24,214
2
1/2
Rose Bowl: Oregon-Wisconsin
ESPN
10.2
17,558
3
10/1
"Monday Night Football": Bears-Cowboys
ESPN
10.5
16,616
4
12/3
"Monday Night Football": Giants-Redskins
ESPN
10.2
16,209
5
9/24
"Monday Night Football": Packers-Seahawks
ESPN
10.3
16,167
6
9/17
"Monday Night Football": Broncos-Falcons
ESPN
10.0
15,515
7
12/10
"Monday Night Football": Texans-Patriots
ESPN
9.0
14,483
8
10/8
"Monday Night Football": Texans-Jets
ESPN
9.0
14,047
9
1/2
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State-Stanford
ESPN
8.4
13,684
10
6/9
NBA Eastern Conf. Finals: Heat-Celtics: Game 7
ESPN
7.7
13,346
11
11/5
"Monday Night Football": Eagles-Saints
ESPN
8.2
12,857
12
10/15
"Monday Night Football": Broncos-Chargers
ESPN
8.2
12,841
13
11/12
"Monday Night Football": Chiefs-Steelers
ESPN
8.2
12,824
14
11/19
"Monday Night Football": Bears-49ers
ESPN
7.9
12,472
15
6/7
NBA Eastern Conf. Finals: Heat-Celtics: Game 6
ESPN
6.8
11,068
16
6/3
NBA Eastern Conf. Finals: Heat-Celtics: Game 4
ESPN
6.8
11,068
17
9/10
"Monday Night Football": Bengals-Ravens
ESPN
7.0
10,904
18
11/26
"Monday Night Football": Panthers-Eagles
ESPN
7.0
10,779
19
10/29
"Monday Night Football": 49ers-Cardinals
ESPN
6.8
10,721
20
10/22
"Monday Night Football": Lions-Bears
ESPN
6.6
10,664
21
9/10
"Monday Night Football": Chargers-Raiders
ESPN
6.8
10,450
22
6/5
NBA Eastern Conf. Finals: Heat-Celtics: Game 5
ESPN
6.3
10,251
23
12/17
"Monday Night Football": Jets-Titans
ESPN
6.6
10,145
24
1/3
Sugar Bowl: Michigan-Virginia Tech
ESPN
6.1
9,572
25
6/6
NBA Western Conf. Finals: Thunder-Spurs: Game 6
TNT
6.0
9,498

 

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