RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S NETWORK SPORTING EVENTS
The following lists ratings for select sporting events
from last weekend. All times are EDT. The numbers are from
the networks (THE DAILY).
EVENT DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR
Indianapolis 500 Time Trials 5/16 ABC 1:00-2:00pm 1.4/5
PGA Tour: Byron Nelson Classic 5/16 ABC 2:00-4:30pm 2.3/8
Horse Racing: Preakness Stakes 5/16 ABC 4:30-6:00pm 3.6/11
CBS Sports Spect: Gymnastics 5/16 CBS 1:00-3:00pm 1.8/7
CBS Sports Spectacular: PBA Tour 5/16 CBS 3:00-4:00pm 1.6/6
LPGA Championship 5/16 CBS 4:00-6:00pm 1.2/4
"NBA on NBC": Lakers-Jazz 5/16 NBC 3:30-6:00pm 5.3/17
Indianapolis 500 Time Trials 5/17 ABC 1:30-3:00pm 1.5/5
PGA Tour: Byron Nelson Classic 5/17 ABC 3:00-6:00pm 2.8/8
CBS Sports Spect: Gymnastics 5/17 CBS 3:00-4:00pm 2.5/8
LPGA Championship 5/17 CBS 4:00-6:00pm 1.3/3
"NHL on Fox": Blues-Red Wings 5/17 FOX 2:00-5:00pm 1.5/5
"NBA on NBC": Pacers-Bulls 5/17 NBC 3:30-6:00pm 8.9/24
NHL RATINGS NOTES: Fox's 1.7/5 average rating through
four weeks of its NHL playoff coverage is down 15% from last
year's average for the same period of 2.0/5 (THE DAILY). In
N.Y., George Vecsey notes the decline of NHL ratings under
the header "Whatever Happened To Hockey?" (N.Y. TIMES,
5/22). The Caps-Senators series, which featured four games
on HTS, had a 2.0 rating, "pushing the team's playoff
ratings to a cumulative 1.73." For comparison, the Orioles
are averaging a 2.2 for the season (WASHINGTON POST, 5/22).
....The final Caps-Senators game last Friday night on CBC
drew "a disappointing" 928,000 viewers in primetime. On
Saturday night, the Oilers-Stars drew 1.14 million, also a
"below-average playoff number" (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/22). In
S.F., Susan Slusser examines NHL ratings, writing,
"Nationally, hockey is an ice-cold television proposition.
Locally, hockey is a hit" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/22).
NBA RATINGS NOTES: Through 16 telecasts, NBC's NBA
playoff coverage is averaging a 6.1/18, down 3% from last
year's 6.3/18 (THE DAILY)....Tuesday's Pacers-Bulls game
gave Fox Sports Chicago its season-high rating with a 20.7.
The rating also topped the time period encompassing pregame,
game and postgame shows -- a period that included the season
finale of ABC's "NYPD Blue" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/22).