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Final Ratings: IndyCar Belle Isle Doubleheader Up From '13; NBC's Prefontaine Classic Down

The Verizon IndyCar Series had its first weekend doubleheader of the ’14 season last week in Detroit. ABC finished with a 0.9 rating and 1.39 million viewers for the first leg of the Chevy Belle Isle Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon, while Sunday’s second leg drew a 0.7 rating and 1.003 million viewers. Last season was the first to feature weekend doubleheaders for IndyCar. The first leg of Belle Isle last year drew a 0.6 rating and 883,000 viewers, while the second leg on Sunday drew a 0.7 rating and 1.0 million viewers.

NO TIGER, NO PROBLEM: CBS finished with a 2.0 rating (2.9 million viewers) for the final round of The Memorial last Sunday, which saw Hideki Matsuyama win his first PGA Tour event in a playoff against Kevin Na. That figure is up 11% from a 1.8 rating last year, when Matt Kuchar won the event. Tiger Woods did not play this year’s event, and finished tied for 65th last year. Saturday’s coverage on CBS drew a 1.3 rating (1.78 million viewers), down from a 1.5 rating last year.

NOTES: NBC drew 980,000 viewers for the Prefontaine Classic last Saturday afternoon, down from 1.2 million viewers last year. Figures were unavailable for ’12, but the event drew 1.11 million viewers in ’11 and 1.22 million viewers in ’10....Golf Channel finished with 301,000 viewers for live coverage of the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic last Sunday, which saw Stacy Lewis win. The win was the fourth straight and sixth in seven events by an American player. The audience was up 36% from 221,000 viewers for the final round last year, when Australian Karrie Webb won. Lewis also won in ’12, and Golf Channel drew 263,000 viewers for that final round.

The charts below list final ratings and viewership for recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RATING
VIEWERS
(000)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: FedEx 400 (Dover)
6/1
Fox
1:15-5:15pm
3.5
5,400
PGA Tour: The Memorial: Final Round
6/1
CBS
2:30-6:23pm
2.0
2,898
Soccer friendly: Mexico-Israel
5/28
UniMas
9:25-11:36pm
1.3
2,814
PGA Tour: The Memorial: Third Round
5/31
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
1.3
1,784
MLB: (regional)
5/31
Fox
7:12-10:23pm
1.2
1,771
Verizon IndyCar Series: Chevy Belle Isle Grand Prix: Race 1
5/31
ABC
3:30-6:00pm
0.9
1,390
Verizon IndyCar Series: Chevy Belle Isle Grand Prix: Race 2
6/1
ABC
3:30-6:00pm
0.7
1,003
French Open: Third Round
5/31
NBC
12:00-3:00pm
0.7
986
Track: Prefontaine Classic
5/31
NBC
4:30-6:00pm
0.6
980
French Open: Fourth Round
6/1
NBC
1:00-4:00pm
0.7
951
"Inside U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil"
5/31
ABC
3:00-3:30pm
0.5
844
College Rugby Championships
5/31
NBC
3:00-4:30pm
0.4
633
"World of X Games: 2014 Austin Preview"
6/1
ABC
2:30-3:30pm
0.4
586
College Rugby Championships
6/1
NBC
4:00-6:00pm
0.4
555
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RATING
VIEWERS
(000)
NBA Western Conference Finals: Spurs-Thunder: Game 6
5/31
TNT
8:30-11:40pm
4.9
8,151
NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Heat-Pacers: Game 5
5/28
ESPN
8:33-11:17pm
4.7
7,313
NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Heat-Pacers: Game 4
5/26
ESPN
8:32-11:12pm
4.4
7,002
NBA Western Conference Finals: Spurs-Thunder: Game 5
5/29
TNT
9:00-11:37pm
4.3
6,925
NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Heat-Pacers: Game 6
5/30
ESPN
8:33-11:08pm
4.2
6,877
NBA Western Conference Finals: Spurs-Thunder: Game 4
5/27
TNT
9:00-11:39pm
4.2
6,420
NHL Western Conference Finals: Kings-Blackhawks: Game 7
6/1
NBCSN
8:01-11:16pm
2.3
4,137
NHL Western Conference Finals: Kings-Blackhawks: Game 6
5/30
NBCSN
9:01-11:45pm
1.3
2,278
NHL Western Conference Finals: Kings-Blackhawks: Game 5
5/28
NBCSN
8:01-11:48pm
1.3
2,175
NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Rangers-Canadiens: Game 6
5/29
NBCSN
8:00-10:49pm
1.3
2,123

 

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