SBD/March 14, 2014/Media

Final Ratings: Duke-UNC Up From Recent Years; Golf Channel Series Gets New High

ESPN drew a 2.1 rating and 3.5 million viewers for the North Carolina-Duke men’s basketball game last Saturday night, marking the best audience for the matchup since March ’12. That second in-season matchup in ’12 drew a 2.7 rating and 4.2 million viewers on ESPN. That game had drawn under 3 million viewers for each of the last three telecasts (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).

DUKE-UNC MEN'S BASKETBALL TV AUDIENCE TREND
DATE
NETWORK
RATING
VIEWERS (000)
3/8/14
ESPN
2.1
3,498
2/20/14
ESPN
1.5
2,285
3/9/13
ESPN
1.7
2,787
2/13/13
ESPN
1.6
2,353
3/3/12
ESPN
2.7
4,247
2/8/12
ESPN
2.2
3,121
3/13/11 (ACC Tourney)
ESPN
1.4
2,076
3/5/11
CBS
2.7
4,611
2/9/11
ESPN
1.5
2,367
3/6/10
ESPN
1.6
2,498
2/10/10
ESPN
1.4
2,241
       

NOTES: Golf Channel drew 441,000 viewers for the third episode of “Big Break Florida” on Monday night, marking the most-viewed premiere episode for any Golf Channel original series. The previous record was 435,000 viewers for the premiere of “The Haney Project” featuring Charles Barkley back in March ’09 (Golf Channel)….FS1 drew 420,000 viewers for the FC Barcelona-Manchester City UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match on Wednesday, marking the most-viewed soccer match on the net since it launched last August. Tuesday’s Bayern Munich-Arsenal match drew 363,000 viewers, marking FS1’s third-best Champions League audience to date. Sandwiched in the middle is the first leg of the FC Barcelona-Manchester City from Feb. 18, which had 395,000 viewers (Fox)….Thunder games were the most-viewed sports telecasts in the Oklahoma City market last week. ABC’s Thunder-Lakers game last Sunday afternoon drew a 13.4 local rating to lead the way. FS Oklahoma drew an 11.0 rating for Thunder-Suns on March 7 drew and a 10.1 rating for 76ers-Thunder on March 4 (NEWSOK.com, 3/12).

The charts below lists final ratings from recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kobalt 400 (Las Vegas)
3/9
Fox
3:00-6:15pm
4.5
7,200
WGC-Cadillac Championship: Final Round
3/9
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
2.8
4,200
NBA: Thunder-Lakers
3/9
ABC
3:52-6:16pm
2.2
3,382
NBA: Heat-Bulls
3/9
ABC
12:56-3:52pm
2.2
3,381
Soccer friendly: Mexico-Nigeria
3/5
UniMas
8:19-10:41pm
1.5
2,947
WGC-Cadillac Championship: Third Round
3/8
NBC
2:00-6:00pm
1.9
2,600
College Basketball: Michigan State-Ohio State
3/9
CBS
4:35-6:45pm
1.7
2,487
College Basketball: Kentucky-Florida
3/8
CBS
12:00-2:21pm
1.3
1,849
College Basketball: UConn-Louisville
3/8
CBS
2:21-4:11pm
1.2
1,772
College Basketball: Arizona-Oregon
3/8
CBS
4:11-6:30pm
1.0
1,515
College Basketball: MVC Championship:
Wichita State-Indiana State
3/9
CBS
2:28-4:35pm
1.0
1,492
College Basketball: Virginia-Maryland
3/9
CBS
12:00-2:28pm
1.0
1,434
"NBA Countdown"
3/9
ABC
12:30-12:56pm
0.8
1,162
Liga MX: Club America-Santos Laguna
3/8
Univision
5:55-8:00pm
0.6
1,102
NHL: Red Wings-Rangers
3/9
NBC
12:00-3:00pm
0.7
1,100
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
3/8
ABC
4:00-6:00pm
0.5
797
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
College Basketball: North Carolina-Duke
3/8
ESPN
9:00-11:17pm
2.1
3,498
NBA: Heat-Spurs
3/6
TNT
8:16-10:52pm
1.7
2,630
College Basketball: Indiana-Michigan
3/8
ESPN
6:08-8:17pm
1.3
2,071
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Boyd Gaming 300 (Las Vegas)
3/8
ESPN2
4:15-7:00pm
1.3
2,008
"College GameDay"
3/8
ESPN
8:17-9:00pm
1.3
1,953
NBA: Pacers-Rockets
3/7
ESPN
9:34pm-12:12am
1.1
1,784
NBA: Clippers-Lakers
3/6
TNT
10:52pm-1:22am
1.2
1,701
College Basketball: Notre Dame-North Carolina
3/3
ESPN
7:00-9:02pm
1.1
1,610
WGC-Cadillac Championship: Final Round
3/9
Golf
1:00-2:51pm
1.0
1,394
College Basketball: Alabama-Kentucky
3/4
ESPN
9:04-11:00pm
0.9
1,387
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