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ABC earned a 4.9 overnight Nielsen rating for Thunder-Lakers yesterday afternoon, marking the net’s fourth-best regular-season game (non-Christmas Day) on record. The game also drew a big number in Oklahoma City, with the market earning an 18.9 local rating, which is the net’s second-best NBA regular-season figure. Meanwhile, the Celtics' double-OT win over the Heat in ABC’s early NBA window yesterday earned a 3.8 overnight.
FIGHT NIGHT: “UFC on Fox 6” earned a 2.6 overnight on Saturday from 8:00-10:15pm ET, down from a 2.8 rating for the net’s fifth UFC telecast on Dec. 10. However, the figure is up from a 1.7 overnight for “UFC on Fox 4,” which aired in August up against the London Games. The 2.6 rating ranks the third-best of the six overnights for UFC telecasts on Fox. The top-rated event remains the first telecast in November ’11, which drew a 3.5 overnight for the hour-long telecast.
DOWN UNDER: ESPN earned a 0.5 overnight for the live telecast of Novak Djokovic’s win over Andy Murray in the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday from 3:00-7:45am. That figure is down slightly from a 0.6 for Djokovic’s win over Rafael Nadal on ESPN2 last year. Meanwhile, ESPN earned a 0.5 overnight for Victoria Azarenka’s win over Li Na in the women’s final on Saturday, up from a 0.3 for Azarenka’s win over Maria Sharapova on ESPN2 last year.
X MARKS THE SPOT: The Winter X Games yesterday returned to broadcast TV, with ABC earning a 0.9 overnight for coverage from 4:00-6:00pm. However, that figure was topped by last night’s coverage on ESPN, which earned a 1.2 overnight from 9:15-11:15pm.
The chart below lists overnight Nielsen ratings from weekend sports telecasts on broadcast TV.
TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RAT. "ESPN Sports Saturday"1/26ABC4:00-6:00pm0.9 NCAA Basketball: Maryland-Duke1/26CBS1:00-3:00pm1.3 PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open*1/26CBS3:00-6:00pm1.6 "UFC on Fox 6"1/26Fox8:00-10:15pm2.6 Red Bull Signature Series: Crashed Ice1/26NBC2:00-3:00pm0.7 U.S. Figure Skating Championships1/26NBC3:00-6:00pm1.6 U.S. Figure Skating Championships1/26NBC8:00-11:00pm2.5 NBA: Heat-Celtics1/27ABC1:00-3:30pm3.8 NBA: Thunder-Lakers1/27ABC3:30-6:00pm4.9 AMA Supercross1/27CBS12:30-1:00pm1.4 NCAA Basketball: Michigan State-Indiana1/27CBS1:00-3:00pm1.5 PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open:
Third, Final Rounds*1/27CBS3:00-7:00pm3.7
Int'l Auto Show1/27NBC12:00-1:00pm1.0 Figure Skating: Unforgettable Moments of Love On Ice1/27NBC1:00-3:00pm0.9 U.S. Figure Skating Championships1/27NBC3:00-5:00pm1.5 "Sunday Night Football Special"1/27NBC5:00-6:00pm1.4 NFL Pro Bowl1/27NBC7:30-10:30pm7.7
NOTES: * = Fog forced cancellation of Farmers Insurance Open third-round play on Saturday. Play resumed Sunday, but the final round concluded on Golf Channel and CBS on Monday.