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ESPN averaged 2.37 million viewers for its post-Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast of “NFL Primetime” on Sunday from 10:16-11:30pm ET. That figure is up from similar postgame coverage last year, which drew 2.23 million viewers from 11:03pm-12:00am following the Ravens-49ers matchup. ESPN also drew 2.1 million viewers for “Sunday NFL Countdown” from 10:00am-2:00pm, up from 1.8 million viewers last year. Meanwhile, NFL Network averaged 820,000 viewers for “NFL GameDay Final” following Seahawks' 43-8 win over the Broncos from 10:30pm-12:00am, up from 681,000 viewers for the telecast last year. The net also drew 657,000 viewers for “NFL GameDay Morning,” marking the show’s best audience on record. For Super Bowl week, NFL Net averaged 226,000 viewers in primetime and 175,000 viewers on a total-day basis, marking the net’s most-viewed Super Bowl week ever. FS1 also was a big winner during Super Bowl week. The net drew 282,000 viewers for “Fox Sports Live” following the game from 10:15pm-12:00am, setting a new Sunday night audience record for the net. FS1 during the week of the Super Bowl also had its best audience yet for a Golden Boy Promotions boxing event (365,000 viewers on Thursday), best audience for a Monster Energy AMA Supercross event (439,000 viewers on Saturday) and best audience for a college basketball game (539,000 viewers for Georgetown-Michigan State on Saturday). NBCSN did not carry post-Super Bowl coverage. The net in the postgame window drew just over 100,000 viewers for a combination of programming, including NHL studio coverage and a special on the U.S. ski team.
ESPN averaged 4.7 million viewers for Duke-Syracuse last Saturday night, marking the net’s third-best regular-season college basketball audience on record. The only two games to draw a better audience were North Carolina-Duke (5.6 million viewers) and Tennessee-Memphis (5.3 million viewers) from the ’07-08 season. Both of those games involved two teams ranked at the time in the top three. Duke-Syracuse set local ESPN ratings records for a regular-season college basketball telecast in Buffalo and N.Y. (ESPN).
The charts below list final ratings from recent sports telecasts.
TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RAT.VIEWERS (000) Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks-Broncos2/2Fox6:33-9:55pm46.7112,191 "Super Bowl XLVIII Postgame Show"2/2Fox10:03-10:23pm28.365,780 "Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Show"2/2Fox2:00-6:33pm12.023,200 "Super Bowl: Greatest Commercials"1/29CBS8:00-9:00pm5.89,636 "Saturday Night Live: Sports Spectacular"1/30NBC9:00-11:00pm2.94,792 "Football America: Our Stories"2/2Fox1:00-2:00pm2.53,953 PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open: Final Round2/2CBS3:05-6:03pm2.33,582 "NFL Honors"2/1Fox8:00-10:00pm1.93,126 Soccer friendly: Mexico-South Korea1/29UniMas8:46-11:07pm1.52,982 PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open: Third Round2/1CBS3:17-6:10pm2.02,744 "Road to the Super Bowl"2/2Fox12:00-1:00pm1.82,738 College Basketball: Michigan-Indiana2/2CBS1:00-3:05pm1.52,367 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge2/2NBC5:00-6:00pm1.22,098 College Basketball: Kentucky-Missouri2/1CBS1:00-3:17pm1.31,842 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships2/1NBC4:30-6:00pm1.21,784 World's Strongest Man2/2CBS12:00-1:00pm1.11,780 "X Games Aspen Rewind"2/1ABC1:00-5:00pm0.81,151 NHL: Red Wings-Capitals2/2NBC12:30-3:30pm0.71,085 Liga MX: Chivas de Guadalajara-Cruz Azul2/1UniMas7:48-10:00pm0.61,066 Figure Skating: Tribute to American Legends of the Ice2/1NBC2:30-4:30pm0.71,009 "ESPN Sports Saturday"2/1ABC5:00-6:00pm0.7967 Liga MX: Club America-Atlante2/1Univision5:55-8:00pm0.6929 Red Bull Signature Series: Frozen Rush2/2NBC3:30-5:00pm0.5896 "EPL Match of the Day"2/1NBC12:30-2:30pm0.3497 TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RAT.VIEWERS (000) College Basketball: Duke-Syracuse2/1ESPN6:28-9:02pm2.94,745 NBA: Thunder-Heat1/29ESPN6:59-9:39pm2.43,864 NBA: Heat-Knicks2/1ESPN9:02-11:13pm1.72,645 College Basketball: Michigan State-Iowa1/28ESPN7:00-9:26pm1.42,184 "Sunday NFL Countdown"2/2ESPN10:00am-2:00pm1.42,100 NBA: Bulls-Spurs1/29ESPN9:39pm-12:00am1.32,043 College Basketball: Kansas-Texas2/1ESPN4:11-6:25pm1.31,924 College Basketball: Kentucky-LSU1/28ESPN9:26-11:16pm1.21,891 College Basketball: Ohio State-Wisconsin2/1ESPN12:00-2:03pm1.21,716 NBA: Thunder-Nets1/31ESPN8:04-10:35pm1.21,710