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Final Nielsen Ratings For Recent Sports Telecasts

The chart below lists final Nielsen ratings from recent telecasts on broadcast and cable TV. All ratings listed are U.S. ratings (THE DAILY).

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME
RAT.
The Preakness: Race Segment
5/15
NBC
5:57-6:37pm
5.3
NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Celtics-Magic: Game One
5/16
ABC
3:26-6:30pm
4.5
NASCAR Sprint Cup: Autism Speaks 400
5/16
Fox
1:17-4:29pm
3.7
NHL Western Conference Finals:
Blackhawks-Sharks: Game One
5/16
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
1.3
MLB: (regional)
5/15
Fox
4:00-7:30pm
1.4
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Heluva Good! 200
5/15
ABC
2:34-5:00pm
1.3
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open: Third, Final Rounds
5/16
CBS
3:00-7:00pm
1.3
"NBA Countdown"
5/16
ABC
3:00-3:26pm
1.1
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open: Second Round
5/15
CBS
3:00-6:00pm
0.8
National Heads-Up Poker Championships (taped)
5/16
NBC
12:00-2:00pm
0.8
Rolex Equestrian Championships (taped)
5/15
NBC
3:00-4:30pm
0.6
"NASCAR Countdown"
5/15
ABC
2:00-2:30pm
0.6
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
5/15
ABC
5:00-6:00pm
0.6
World of Adventure Sports (taped)
5/16
NBC
2:00-3:00pm
0.5
PGA Tour Special: "Chasing the Dream" (taped)
5/15
CBS
2:00-3:00pm
0.3

NOTE: Second round of Valero Texas Open rained out on Friday.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Celtics-Cavaliers: Game Six
5/13
ESPN
8:00-10:59pm
5.7
8,983
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Celtics-Cavaliers: Game Five
5/11
TNT
8:05-10:59pm
4.2
6,737
NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Lakers-Jazz: Game Four
5/10
TNT
10:44pm-1:27am
3.2
5,079
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Magic-Hawks: Game Four
5/10
TNT
8:00-10:44pm
2.3
3,400
MLB: Phillies-Brewers
5/16
ESPN
8:00-11:28pm
1.4
2,047
NHL Eastern Conference Finals:
Canadiens-Flyers: Game One
5/16
VS
7:05-9:43pm
0.8
1,481
NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Canadiens-Penguins: Game Seven
5/12
VS
7:00-9:48pm
0.8
1,310
"UFC Primetime": Rashad Evans-
Rampage Jackson
5/12
Spike
11:02-11:32pm
0.8
1,236
Boxing: Super Lightweight title:
Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi
5/15
HBO
10:57-11:39pm
0.8
1,228
Boxing: Junior Welterweights:
Victor Ortiz-Nate Campbell
5/15
HBO
10:02-10:41pm
0.8
1,178

CHICAGO HIGH RISERS: In Chicago, Lewis Lazare reported WGN-AM "got a big boost in April from its broadcast of Cubs games and, increasingly, those of the Blackhawks." The station "leapt all the way to a four-way tie for seventh" in April "from a tie for 22nd place in March in the key adult 25-to-54 demo." WGN's biggest ratings increases during the month "came during the afternoon and evening periods, when Cubs and Blackhawks games typically aired" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/20)....Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Chicago earned record-setting ratings during the six-week time period from April 1-May 16. CSN Chicago for its 66 live pro games during that period earned a total viewing audience of about 6.5 million HHs. The net also earned a total audience of over 1.6 million HHs for 11 live pro events from May 3-9, setting a new weekly record (CSN).

THEIR BLUE HEAVEN: Fox Soccer Channel averaged 237,000 viewers for its telecast of last Saturday's Chelsea-Portsmouth FA Cup Final from 9:52am-12:14pm ET, up 45.4% from 163,000 viewers for its telecast of last year's Chelsea-Everton FA Cup Final. FSC for the telecast was also up 50% in men 18-34 and 25% in men 25-54 (THE DAILY).

YANKEE CLIPPED: YES earned a 5.65 local rating and around 578,000 total viewers in the N.Y. market for its telecast of Monday's Red Sox-Yankees game. ESPN earned a 1.70 local rating and around 187,000 total viewers in N.Y. for its broadcast of the game (YES).