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Audience Analysis: Mets, Yanks Start Strong; Manchester Derby Delivers

Building off strong Spring Training numbers, the Yankees and Mets have seen some early local and national TV viewership success. Yankees-Red Sox on Wednesday night (568,000 viewers), which featured a bench-clearing brawl, was MLB Network’s best regular-season audience since Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium in '14. Orioles-Yankees last Sunday (4.69 local rating in N.Y.) also was YES Network’s highest-rated weekend game since ’12. Meanwhile, SNY drew a 4.50 local rating in N.Y. for Monday night’s Mets-Marlins, which is the Mets’ second-best figure in the market since September 8, 2015, when team played the Nationals (4.52 rating).

A TALE OF ONE CITY: The Manchester United-Manchester City match on Saturday afternoon had a total audience delivery of 1.72 million viewers on NBCU outlets. Combining 1.35 million viewers on NBC, 309,000 viewers on Telemundo and an average minute audience of 59,800 viewers on the NBC Sports app, the game would be the most-watched EPL match in U.S. history.

NOTES: The second race of the F1 season, the Bahrain Grand Prix on ESPN2, averaged 683,000 viewers on Sunday morning, up 65% for the same race last year, which aired on CNBC and was the third race of the season (one weekend later in the calendar)....Minnesota-Duluth's win over Notre Dame in the NCAA Hockey National Championship game on Saturday night drew 653,000 viewers on ESPN2, marking the best Frozen Four finale since '14....The Lightning averaged a 1.83 local rating in Tampa-St. Pete during the '17-18 NHL regular season, marking FS Sun's best figure in the 25-year history of the franchise on the RSN.

The chart below lists final audience figures from select recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS
(000)
NCAA Basketball Championship:
Villanova-Michigan
4/2
TBS/TNT/
truTV
9:18-11:39pm
n/a
15,967
The Masters: Final Round
4/8
CBS
2:00-7:00pm
7.9
13,027
The Masters: Third Round
4/7
CBS
3:00-6:45pm
5.3
8,140
The Masters: Second Round
4/6
ESPN
3:00-7:46pm
2.6
3,913
The Masters: First Round
4/5
ESPN
3:00-7:21pm
2.0
3,006
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Texas)
4/8
FS1
1:54-6:10pm
1.7
2,823
NBA: Thunder-Rockets
4/7
ABC
8:31-11:05pm
1.7
2,673
NBA: Warriors-Thunder
4/3
TNT
8:14-10:43pm
n/a
2,055
"Jim Nantz presents
Fred Couples at The Masters"
4/8
CBS
1:00-2:00pm
1.2
1,820
NBA: Wizards-Cavaliers
4/5
TNT
8:4-10:38pm
n/a
1,745
"NBA Countdown"
4/7
ABC
8:00-8:31pm
1.1
1,708
MLB: Mets-Nationals
4/8
ESPN
8:00pm-12:33am
1.0
1,576
NASCAR Xfinity Series:
My Bariatric Solutions 300 (Texas)
4/7
Fox
3:09-5:45pm
1.0
1,473
EPL: Manchester United-
Manchester City
4/7
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.9
1,348
"Paterno" (premiere)
4/7
HBO
8:00-9:45pm
n/a
1,304
NBA: Celtics-Raptors
4/4
ESPN
8:01-10:35pm
n/a
1,294
NBA: Spurs-Lakers
4/4
ESPN
10:35pm-1:13am
n/a
1,287
"Beverly Hills Dog Show"
4/8
NBC
1:00-3:00pm
0.7
1,148
"The Masters: Sergio"
4/8
CBS
12:30-1:00pm
0.7
1,004
Liga MX: Monterrey-UNAM Pumas
4/7
Univision
7:55-10:01pm
0.5
920
NHL: Rangers-Flyers
4/7
NBC
3:12-6:00pm
0.5
759
Soccer: Women's Friendly:
U.S.-Mexico
4/8
Fox
1:45-4:00pm
0.4
627
Liga MX: Necaxa-Club America
4/7
Univision
10:01pm-12:00am
0.4
610
"SEC Storied": "Maravich"
4/7
ABC
4:00-5:00pm
0.4
500
"World of X Games: Moto X Dirt"
4/7
ABC
3:00-4:00pm
0.3
434
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