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Final Ratings: NASCAR All-Star Race Sees Mixed Bag; Pacers-Heat Game 1 Wins Night

Speed earned a 2.3 U.S. rating and 3.68 million viewers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race last Saturday night, which featured a few rain interruptions. While the rating is up slightly from a 2.2 last year, the viewership is down slightly from 3.75 million viewers. Since the race moved from FX to Speed in ’07, it has averaged a 2.3 and 3.94 million viewers. The most-watched All-Star Race over the last decade was FX’ telecast in ’05, which drew a 3.4 rating and 5.48 million viewers.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES ALL-STAR RACE ON SPEED AUDIENCE TREND
YEAR
RATING
VIEWERS (000)
'13
2.3
3,679
'12
2.2
3,751
'11
2.4
4,228
'10
2.3
3,802
'09
2.4
4,174
'08
2.5
4,182
'07
2.3
3,788

FIGHT NIGHT: “UFC on FX 8” averaged a 0.8 rating and 1.3 million viewers last Saturday night, down from a 1.1 rating and 1.9 million viewers for the previous iteration in January, which remains the most-viewed UFC telecast on FX. Both bouts aired from Brazil. The audience last Saturday is on par with the eight-telecast UFC average for FX (0.8 rating, 1.3 million viewers) (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).

"UFC ON FX" AUDIENCE TREND
TELECAST
DATE
RATING
VIEWERS (000)
1
1/20/12
0.8
1,271
2
3/2/12
0.9
1,430
3
6/8/12
0.6
1,086
4
6/22/12
0.9
1,306
5
10/5/12
0.7
1,084
6
12/14/12
0.6
972
7
1/19/13
1.1
1,857
8
5/18/13
0.8
1,329

NOTES: TNT finished with a 5.3 rating and 8.2 million viewers for Pacers-Heat NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 on Wednesday night, giving TNT a primetime win among all nets (broadcast or cable) for the night. The game also is the most-viewed NBA Playoff game this year to date. Pacers-Heat Game 1 is up 10% and 6%, respectively, from the net’s comparable Thunder-Spurs Game 1 last year (TNT)....FS Southwest drew a 6.9 local rating in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market for Tuesday night’s A’s-Rangers game, marking the RSN’s best Rangers rating this season to date. The previous best was a 6.6 rating for Tigers-Rangers on May 18 (FS Southwest).

The charts below list final Nielsen ratings from recent sports telecasts. Figures for ABC were unavailable at presstime.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
Preakness Stakes (race segment)
5/18
NBC
5:50-6:39pm
5.9
9,700
Preakness Stakes (pre-race)
5/18
NBC
5:00-5:50pm
3.6
5,500
Preakness Stakes (pre-race)
5/18
NBC
4:30-5:00pm
2.3
3,500
PGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship: Final Round
5/19
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.9
n/a
NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Rangers-Bruins: Game 2
5/19
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
1.4
2,400
Liga MX: Club America-Monterrey
5/18
Univ.
5:55-8:06pm
1.0
1,948
MLB: (regional)
5/18
Fox
4:00-7:00pm
1.2
1,700
PGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship: Third Round
5/18
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.2
n/a
NHL Conference Semifinals: Red Wings-Blackhawks: Game 2
5/18
NBC
1:00-4:30pm
1.1
1,700
Preakness Stakes (pre-race)
5/18
NBC
3:36-4:30pm
1.1
1,500
Liga MX: Monterrey-Club America
5/15
UniMas
9:55pm-12:00am
0.7
1,422
Liga MX: Cruz Azul-Santos Laguna
5/19
Aza.
8:49-10:54pm
0.5
858
Amgen Tour of California: Stage 8
5/19
NBC
1:00-3:00pm
0.4
578
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Heat-Bulls: Game 5
5/15
TNT
7:00-9:49pm
3.6
5,474
NBA Western Conference Finals: Spurs-Warriors: Game 5
5/14
TNT
9:43pm-12:15am
3.5
5,339
NBA Western Conference Finals: Grizzlies-Thunder: Game 5
5/15
TNT
9:49pm-12:42am
3.6
5,269
NBA Western Conference Finals: Grizzlies-Thunder: Game 4
5/13
TNT
9:43pm-12:48am
3.4
5,041
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Pacers-Knicks: Game 6
5/18
ESPN
7:59-10:56pm
3.0
4,948
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Heat-Bulls: Game 4
5/13
TNT
7:00-9:43pm
3.2
4,873
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Pacers-Knicks: Game 5
5/16
TNT
8:00-10:49pm
3.1
4,590
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Pacers-Knicks: Game 4
5/14
TNT
7:00-9:43pm
2.8
4,050
NBA Western Conference Finals: Spurs-Warriors: Game 6
5/16
ESPN
10:36pm-1:16am
2.6
3,788
NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race
5/18
Speed
7:00pm-12:06am
2.3
3,679

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