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05/18/11
Top Sports Websites In April

Yahoo Sports led all sports sites with 45.9 million unique visitors in April, according to data from comScore. ESPN.com ranked second with 40.3 million uniques, but led all sports sites with 77.3 minutes per user for the month. During the first month of baseball's regular season, MLB.com ...

Tags: Research and Ratings

05/17/11
MLS Attendance Up 6% Through May 16

MLS teams are averaging 17,141 fans per game through May 16, up about 6% from the same period a year ago. The Sounders continue to lead all clubs with 36,350 fans per game at Qwest Field. Both participants in last year's MLS Cup are seeing big gains at the gate, with the defending-champion Rapids u ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Soccer, MLS

05/16/11
Overnight Nielsen Ratings

NBA Playoff telecasts led all sports broadcasts this past weekend in overnight Nielsen ratings, with TNT's Heat-Bulls NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game One last night taking the top spot among all sports programs. Fox also scored well with its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series telecast from Dover In ...

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05/13/11
Poll: Pro Lax Needs More Media Coverage

Sports industry execs feel that getting more media coverage and more games on leading TV networks should be the top priority for pro lacrosse leagues in order to grow the sport, according to a Turnkey Sports poll conducted in April. Thirty-two percent of execs polled feel more media coverage should ...

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05/12/11
Blue Jays, Rangers, A's Up Big At The Gate

The Blue Jays, Rangers and A's are the only AL clubs seeing home attendance gains through May 10, and all three teams are seeing double-digit percentage growth during that time period. Blue Jays attendance is up nearly 46% through 16 home games at Rogers Centre, while the Rangers have seen atte ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, MLB

05/11/11
MLB Attendance Down 1% Through May 10

MLB is averaging 27,812 fans per game through May 10, down 1% compared to the same period last year. The Phillies lead all teams with an average of 45,455 fans, while packing Citizens Bank Park to 104.1% capacity. The Padres are seeing the biggest gains at the gate among NL clubs, despite being ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, MLB

05/10/11
Kentucky Derby Metered-Market Ratings

Louisville topped all Nielsen metered markets for the race segment of NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage on Saturday afternoon, but the 34.4 local rating was down significantly from a 45.4 rating last year. The Louisville market had very good weather for this year's event after last year saw an abun ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, NBC, Nielsen Media Research

05/09/11
Overnight Nielsen Ratings

The Kentucky Derby on NBC and NBA Playoff telecasts on ABC led all weekend overnight Nielsen ratings. CBS' final round of the PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship yesterday earned a 2.0 overnight for Lucas Glover's victory. That figure is down 28.6% from Rory McIlroy's victor ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research

05/06/11
Kentucky Derby Ratings Trend On NBC

NBC will televise its 11th Kentucky Derby this Saturday, with the race segment of the telecast having held steady at a 9.8 rating over the last two years. Last year's 16.5 million viewers who tuned in for Super Saver's victory marked the best Kentucky Derby audience since ABC averaged 17.0 mill ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Nielsen Media Research, NBC, ABC

05/05/11
Cable Sports Net Distribution For May

With the NHL and NBA Playoffs in full swing, the leagues' respective cable TV partners are seeing year-over-year gains in distribution in May. ESPN enters the month in 100.2 million U.S. TV homes, up slightly from the same period last year. The NBA's other cable TV partner, TNT, is in 100.4 mil ...

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