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Overnight Ratings: NBC Sees Decline For Match Play Finale, But Saturday Up Big

NBC drew a 1.8 overnight for yesterday’s final matchups in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, which saw Rory McIlroy defeat Gary Woodland. Last year’s telecast, which aired on CBS in mid-February during the final weekend of the Sochi Games, drew a 2.0 overnight for Jason Day’s win over Victor Dubuisson. NBC last had the event in ’13, drawing a 1.9 overnight for Matt Kuchar’s win over Hunter Mahan. The ’12 telecast (Mahan over McIlroy) drew a 2.5 overnight. Meanwhile, Saturday’s Match Play telecast on NBC, which moved to primetime for the first time, drew a 2.1 overnight, with a lead-in from the Kentucky Derby. That is up from a 1.5 last year in an afternoon slot.

The chart below lists overnight ratings from broadcast TV sports events over the weekend.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RATING
"World of X Games: 20 Years, 20 Firsts"
5/2
ABC
2:00-3:00pm
0.6
"World of X Games: WSL Surfing"
5/2
ABC
3:00-4:00pm
0.5
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
5/2
ABC
4:00-6:00pm
0.6
NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying (Talladega)
5/2
Fox
1:00-2:30pm
0.9
"NASCAR Pre-Race"
5/2
Fox
2:30-3:15pm
1.1
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Winn-Dixie 300 (Talladega)
5/2
Fox
3:15-5:45pm
1.6
NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Capitals-Rangers: Game 2
5/2
NBC
12:30-3:15pm
1.3
Kentucky Derby Pre-Race
5/2
NBC
3:15-4:00pm
1.4
Kentucky Derby Pre-Race
5/2
NBC
4:00-4:30pm
3.0
Kentucky Derby Pre-Race
5/2
NBC
4:30-5:00pm
4.1
Kentucky Derby Pre-Race
5/2
NBC
5:00-6:15pm
6.5
Kentucky Derby (race segment)
5/2
NBC
6:15-7:00pm
10.8
WGC-Cadillac Match Play: Round of 16/Quarterfinals
5/2
NBC
7:15-11:00pm
2.1
"NBA Countdown"
5/3
ABC
12:30-1:00pm
1.2
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Wizards-Hawks: Game 1
5/3
ABC
1:00-3:30pm
2.6
NBA Western Conference Semifinaks: Grizzlies-Warriors: Game 1
5/3
ABC
3:30-6:00pm
3.8
PBR: Rumble in the Rockies
5/3
CBS
3:00-4:00pm
0.5
"NASCAR Pre-Race"
5/3
Fox
12:30-1:15pm
1.8
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Geico 500 (Talladega)
5/3
Fox
1:15-4:45pm
3.8
Rolex Equestrian Championships
5/3
NBC
12:30-2:00pm
n/a
WGC-Cadillac Match Play: Semifinals/Final
5/3
NBC
2:00-6:00pm
1.8