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Final Ratings: ESPN Sees Audience Gains For Final Table At World Series Of Poker

ESPN averaged 1.23 million viewers for the final table at the World Series of Poker this year, marking the most-viewed final table telecast since the event went “virtually live” in ’11. This year’s final table is up 68% from last year (735,000 viewers), but down from 1.56 million viewers in ’10, when the final table aired several days later (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).

WORLD SERIES OF POKER FINAL TABLE VIEWERSHIP ON ESPN
YEAR
VIEWERS (000)
13*
1,234
12*
735
11**
1,223
10**
1,563
09**
2,199
08**
2,364

CHART NOTES: * = Aired on a 15-minute delay. ** = Aired days later.

NOTES: NBA TV averaged 396,000 viewers for six games during the opening week of NBA telecasts, up 8% from the same period last season. Lakers-Warriors on Oct. 30 was the most-viewed game of opening week with 595,000 viewers (Turner)….NBC drew 991,000 viewers for the Liverpool-Arsenal match last Saturday afternoon, marking the top EPL audience this season to date in the U.S. (NBC)….Oklahoma City-based KOKH-Fox drew a 20.5 local rating for the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech last Saturday night, topping all sports telecasts in the market for the week (NEWSOK.com, 11/6)….N.Y.-based WABC-TV averaged 582,000 local viewers for the five-hour ING N.Y. Marathon last Sunday, up 66% from the ’11 telecast. Another 145,000 viewers watched the race online at 7online.com (WABC-TV)….FS Midwest averaged a record-setting 3.5 local rating in St. Louis for Blues games during October, despite the fact that the team “played twice at the same time” as the MLB Cardinals in the MLB postseason. The best October rating before this year was a 3.1 in ’97 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/4).

The charts below list final Nielsen ratings from recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
"NFL on CBS": Steelers-Patriots (88%)
11/3
CBS
4:31-7:55pm
14.3
23,987
"NFL on Fox": (single)
11/3
Fox
1:00-4:05pm
11.9
20,100
World Series: Red Sox-Cardinals: Game 6
10/30
Fox
8:03-11:30pm
11.3
19,178
"Sunday Night Football": Colts-Texans
11/3
NBC
8:31-11:35pm
10.4
17,040
World Series: Red Sox-Cardinals: Game 5
10/28
Fox
8:02-11:01pm
8.9
14,446
"NFL on CBS": (regional)
11/3
CBS
1:03-4:14pm
8.6
13,841
College Football: Miami-Florida State
11/2
ABC
8:07-11:42pm
5.1
8,354
"Football Night in America"
11/3
NBC
7:30-8:15pm
3.8
6,157
College Football: Michigan-Michigan State
11/2
ABC
3:31-7:00pm
3.3
5,169
College Football: Florida-Georgia
11/2
CBS
3:30-7:24pm
3.1
4,918
"Fox NFL Sunday"
11/3
Fox
12:00-1:00pm
3.1
4,700
College Football: (regional)
11/2
ABC
12:01-3:31pm
2.3
3,520
"The NFL Today"
11/3
CBS
12:00-1:03pm
2.2
3,178
College Football: Navy-Notre Dame
11/2
NBC
3:30-7:00pm
1.7
2,559
College Football: Oklahoma State-Texas Tech
11/2
Fox
7:06-10:54pm
1.4
2,386
Breeders' Cup Classic
11/2
NBC
8:00-9:00pm
1.5
2,118
Liga MX: Chivas de Guadalajara-Santos Laguna
10/30
UniMas
8:50-11:00pm
0.5
1,010
EPL: Arsenal-Liverpool
11/2
NBC
1:30-3:30pm
0.7
991
"ING NYC Marathon Highlights Show"
11/3
ABC
4:00-6:00pm
0.6
909
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate China
11/3
NBC
1:30-3:30pm
0.6
840
"College Football Today"
11/2
CBS
3:00-3:30pm
0.6
810
Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League
11/2
CBS
2:00-3:00pm
0.5
766
Liga MX: Chivas de Guadalajara-UNAM Pumas
11/3
UniMas
5:49-8:00pm
0.4
624
Liga MX: Cruz Azul-Monarcas
11/2
UniMas
6:50-9:00pm
0.3
554
MLS Eastern Conference Semis: Dynamo-Red Bulls: Leg 1
11/3
NBC
3:30-6:00pm
0.4
483
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
"Monday Night Football": Seahawks-Rams
10/28
ESPN
8:28-11:42pm
6.7
10,762
"Thursday Night Football": Bengals-Dolphins
10/31
NFLN
8:30-11:54pm
3.9
6,479
NBA: Bulls-Heat
10/29
TNT
8:09-10:45pm
3.3
5,373
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Texas
11/3
ESPN
3:00-6:59pm
2.6
4,179
NBA: Clippers-Lakers
10/29
TNT
10:46pm-1:21am
2.4
3,571
NBA: Knicks-Bulls
10/31
TNT
8:16-10:52pm
1.8
2,643
"Thursday Night Football Pre-Kick"
10/31
NFLN
8:00-8:29pm
1.6
2,585
NBA: Heat-Nets
11/1
ESPN
8:04-11:06pm
1.6
2,453
"Sunday NFL Countdown"
11/3
ESPN
10:00am-12:59pm
1.7
2,366
College Football: Tennessee-Missouri
11/2
ESPN
7:06-10:26pm
1.4
2,279
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