SBJ/January 9 - 15, 2006/Media

Nielsen weekly sports ranking

ABC GETS LUMPS OF COAL...: More than 5.3 million households watched ABC’s second consecutive Christmas Day NBA matchup of the L.A. Lakers and Miami, down 33 percent from last year’s game. The network’s penultimate “Monday Night Football” game earlier in the week drew 9.04 million households, 25 percent fewer than last season’s comparable game.

Top 10 Network Sports Telecasts

Rank Net Program Date Rating Share #HH watching (000s)
1 CBS NFL: Regional Coverage (late games) 12/24 10.9 27 12,000
2 FOX NFL: Chicago at Green Bay 12/25 9.7 24 10,701
3 FOX NFL: Regional Coverage (early games) 12/24 9.2 22 10,160
4 ABC NFL: Monday Night Football (Green Bay - Baltimore) 12/19 8.2 14 9,040
5 FOX NFL: Early Games' Postgame, Part 1 12/24 7.9 19 8,697
6 ABC NFL: Monday Night Football Pregame 12/19 7.7 12 8516
7 FOX NFL: Early Games' Postgame, Part 2 12/24 6.7 16 7,403
8 CBS NFL: Regional Coverage (early games) 12/24 6.6 16 7,282
9 FOX NFL: Postgame, Chicago - Green Bay 12/25 6.0 13 6,604
10 ABC NBA: L.A. Lakers at Miami 12/25 4.8 14 5,337


...WHILE ESPN FEELS JOLLY: Bolstered by five straight nights of bowl games and an NFL game, ESPN’s prime-time programming Dec. 19-25 was watched by an average of 2.22 million households. Bowl game viewership was up 6 percent compared to games on similar dates last season, and nearly 6 million households watched the Sunday NFL game, up 9 percent over last year.

Top 10 Cable Sports Telecasts

Rank Net Program Date National Area Share #HH watching (000s)
1 ESPN NFL: Sunday Night Football (Minnesota - Baltimore) 12/25 5.4 6.6 13 5,954
2 ESPN SportsCenter Late 12/25 2.0 2.4 6 2,186
3 ESPN NCAA Ftbl: Las Vegas Bowl (BYU - CAL) 12/22 2.0 2.4 4 2,164
4 ESPN NCAA Ftbl: Fort Worth Bowl (Kansas - Houston) 12/23 1.9 2.3 4 2,056
5 ESPN NCAA Ftbl: Hawaii Bowl (Nevada - UCF) 12/24 1.8 2.2 5 1,984
6 ESPN NFL Prime Time 12/24 1.7 2.1 5 1,900
7 ESPN NCAA Ftbl: GMAC Bowl (Toledo - UTEP) 12/21 1.6 2.0 3 1,784
8 ESPN NCAA Ftbl: New Orleans Bowl (ARK. St. - S. MISS.) 12/20 1.4 1.7 3 1,539
9 ESPN Monday Night Countdown 12/19 1.4 1.7 3 1,532
10 ESPN NFL Countdown 12/24 1.3 1.6 4 1,472

Rating — Estimated percent of all TV households of persons tuned to a specific program source. One ratings point equals 1,096,000 homes. Share — Estimated percent of all households using television at that time which are tuned to a specific program source. Source: Nielsen Media Research

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