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Volume 24 No. 116

Media

ESPN averaged 2.37 million viewers for its post-Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast of “NFL Primetime” on Sunday from 10:16-11:30pm ET. That figure is up from similar postgame coverage last year, which drew 2.23 million viewers from 11:03pm-12:00am following the Ravens-49ers matchup. ESPN also drew 2.1 million viewers for “Sunday NFL Countdown” from 10:00am-2:00pm, up from 1.8 million viewers last year. Meanwhile, NFL Network averaged 820,000 viewers for “NFL GameDay Final” following Seahawks' 43-8 win over the Broncos from 10:30pm-12:00am, up from 681,000 viewers for the telecast last year. The net also drew 657,000 viewers for “NFL GameDay Morning,” marking the show’s best audience on record. For Super Bowl week, NFL Net averaged 226,000 viewers in primetime and 175,000 viewers on a total-day basis, marking the net’s most-viewed Super Bowl week ever. FS1 also was a big winner during Super Bowl week. The net drew 282,000 viewers for “Fox Sports Live” following the game from 10:15pm-12:00am, setting a new Sunday night audience record for the net. FS1 during the week of the Super Bowl also had its best audience yet for a Golden Boy Promotions boxing event (365,000 viewers on Thursday), best audience for a Monster Energy AMA Supercross event (439,000 viewers on Saturday) and best audience for a college basketball game (539,000 viewers for Georgetown-Michigan State on Saturday). NBCSN did not carry post-Super Bowl coverage. The net in the postgame window drew just over 100,000 viewers for a combination of programming, including NHL studio coverage and a special on the U.S. ski team.

ESPN averaged 4.7 million viewers for Duke-Syracuse last Saturday night, marking the net’s third-best regular-season college basketball audience on record. The only two games to draw a better audience were North Carolina-Duke (5.6 million viewers) and Tennessee-Memphis (5.3 million viewers) from the ’07-08 season. Both of those games involved two teams ranked at the time in the top three. Duke-Syracuse set local ESPN ratings records for a regular-season college basketball telecast in Buffalo and N.Y. (ESPN).

The charts below list final ratings from recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks-Broncos
2/2
Fox
6:33-9:55pm
46.7
112,191
"Super Bowl XLVIII Postgame Show"
2/2
Fox
10:03-10:23pm
28.3
65,780
"Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Show"
2/2
Fox
2:00-6:33pm
12.0
23,200
"Super Bowl: Greatest Commercials"
1/29
CBS
8:00-9:00pm
5.8
9,636
"Saturday Night Live: Sports Spectacular"
1/30
NBC
9:00-11:00pm
2.9
4,792
"Football America: Our Stories"
2/2
Fox
1:00-2:00pm
2.5
3,953
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open: Final Round
2/2
CBS
3:05-6:03pm
2.3
3,582
"NFL Honors"
2/1
Fox
8:00-10:00pm
1.9
3,126
Soccer friendly: Mexico-South Korea
1/29
UniMas
8:46-11:07pm
1.5
2,982
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open: Third Round
2/1
CBS
3:17-6:10pm
2.0
2,744
"Road to the Super Bowl"
2/2
Fox
12:00-1:00pm
1.8
2,738
College Basketball: Michigan-Indiana
2/2
CBS
1:00-3:05pm
1.5
2,367
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
2/2
NBC
5:00-6:00pm
1.2
2,098
College Basketball: Kentucky-Missouri
2/1
CBS
1:00-3:17pm
1.3
1,842
Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
2/1
NBC
4:30-6:00pm
1.2
1,784
World's Strongest Man
2/2
CBS
12:00-1:00pm
1.1
1,780
"X Games Aspen Rewind"
2/1
ABC
1:00-5:00pm
0.8
1,151
NHL: Red Wings-Capitals
2/2
NBC
12:30-3:30pm
0.7
1,085
Liga MX: Chivas de Guadalajara-Cruz Azul
2/1
UniMas
7:48-10:00pm
0.6
1,066
Figure Skating: Tribute to American Legends of the Ice
2/1
NBC
2:30-4:30pm
0.7
1,009
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
2/1
ABC
5:00-6:00pm
0.7
967
Liga MX: Club America-Atlante
2/1
Univision
5:55-8:00pm
0.6
929
Red Bull Signature Series: Frozen Rush
2/2
NBC
3:30-5:00pm
0.5
896
"EPL Match of the Day"
2/1
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.3
497
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
College Basketball: Duke-Syracuse
2/1
ESPN
6:28-9:02pm
2.9
4,745
NBA: Thunder-Heat
1/29
ESPN
6:59-9:39pm
2.4
3,864
NBA: Heat-Knicks
2/1
ESPN
9:02-11:13pm
1.7
2,645
College Basketball: Michigan State-Iowa
1/28
ESPN
7:00-9:26pm
1.4
2,184
"Sunday NFL Countdown"
2/2
ESPN
10:00am-2:00pm
1.4
2,100
NBA: Bulls-Spurs
1/29
ESPN
9:39pm-12:00am
1.3
2,043
College Basketball: Kansas-Texas
2/1
ESPN
4:11-6:25pm
1.3
1,924
College Basketball: Kentucky-LSU
1/28
ESPN
9:26-11:16pm
1.2
1,891
College Basketball: Ohio State-Wisconsin
2/1
ESPN
12:00-2:03pm
1.2
1,716
NBA: Thunder-Nets
1/31
ESPN
8:04-10:35pm
1.2
1,710