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Volume 25 No. 133

Ratings and Research

ESPN had a solid start to Thanksgiving weekend with hoops action on Wednesday night. Gonzaga’s win over Duke in the Maui Invitational drew a 1.7 overnight rating, which is the net’s best figure for the event’s championship since ’10. That game led into Lakers-Cavaliers, which was LeBron James’ first game back in Cleveland after leaving in free agency following the ’17-18 season. That game drew a 2.6 overnight, which is ESPN’s best NBA regular-season game since April ’16, when the Warriors won their record 73rd game that season. The Cleveland-Akron market drew a 14.8 local rating, which is the net’s best rating ever in the market for an NBA regular-season game.

NOTES: ESPN2 drew a 0.1 overnight for the CFL Grey Cup yesterday, which saw the Calgary Stampeders beat the Ottawa Redblacks. That figure is down from a 0.2 for the Toronto Argonauts’ win over the Stampeders last year….The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drew a 10.8 overnight this year on NBC, flat compared to ’17. The National Dog Show right after the parade drew an 8.3 overnight, up from an 8.0.

The chart below lists overnight ratings from weekend sports telecasts on broadcast TV.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RATING
"The NFL Today"
11/22
CBS
12:00-12:45pm
7.8
NFL: Bears-Lions (Thanksgiving)
11/22
CBS
12:45-3:45pm
14.2
"Fox NFL Special"
11/22
Fox
4:00-4:30pm
7.2
NFL: Redskins-Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
11/22
Fox
4:30-8:00pm
14.1
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
11/22
NBC
9:00am-12:00pm
10.8
National Dog Show
11/22
NBC
12:00-2:00pm
8.3
NFL: Falcons-Saints (Thanksgiving)
11/22
NBC
8:30-11:30pm
11.4
College football: Houston-Memphis
11/23
ABC
12:00-3:45pm
1.2
College football: Virginia-Virginia Tech
11/23
ABC
3:45-7:30pm
2.2
"Greatest College Running Backs"
11/23
CBS
1:30-2:30pm
1.2
College football: Arkansas-Missouri
11/23
CBS
2:30-5:45pm
1.2
College football: Nebraska-Iowa
11/23
Fox
12:00-3:15pm
1.9
College basketball: North Carolina-UCLA
(Las Vegas Invitational)
11/23
Fox
4:00-6:15pm
0.9
College basketball: North Carolina-UCLA
(Las Vegas Invitational)
11/23
Fox
6:30-8:45pm
1.0
College football: Washington-Washington State
11/23
Fox
8:45pm-12:00am
2.6
NHL: Rangers-Flyers
11/23
NBC
1:00-4:00pm
0.9
College football: Florida-Florida State
11/24
ABC
12:00-3:45pm
1.7
College football: Maryland-Penn State
11/24
ABC
3:45-6:45pm
1.4
College football: Notre Dame-USC
11/24
ABC
8:00-11:45pm
5.1
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing (taped)
11/24
CBS
1:30-2:30pm
0.4
College football: Auburn-Alabama
11/24
CBS
3:30-7:00pm
5.4
College football: Michigan-Ohio State
11/24
Fox
12:00-4:15pm
8.0
College football: Rutgers-Michigan State
11/24
Fox
4:15-7:45pm
2.0
College football: Oklahoma State-TCU
11/24
Fox
8:00-11:45pm
1.2
EPL: Chelsea-Tottenham
11/24
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.8
Skiing/Snowboarding: Killington Cup (giant slalom)
11/24
NBC
3:00-4:30pm
0.5
Ironman World Championship (taped)
11/24
NBC
4:30-6:00pm
0.7
"World of X Games"
11/25
ABC
2:00-3:00pm
0.4
"The NFL Today"
11/25
CBS
12:00-1:00pm
2.5
NFL: (regional)
11/25
CBS
1:00-4:15pm
9.0
NFL: Steelers-Broncos (87%)
11/25
CBS
4:15-7:30pm
15.5
"Fox NFL Kickoff"
11/25
Fox
11:00am-12:00pm
1.3
"Fox NFL Sunday"
11/25
Fox
12:00-1:00pm
3.3
NFL: (singleheader)
11/25
Fox
1:00-4:05pm
10.3
Skiing/Snowboarding: Killington Cup (slalom)
11/25
NBC
1:00-3:00pm
0.5
"Next Olympic Hopeful"
11/25
NBC
3:00-4:00pm
0.4
Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix (taped)
11/25
NBC
4:00-6:00pm
0.8
"Football Night in America"
11/25
NBC
7:30-8:15pm
6.1
"SNF": Packers-Vikings
11/25
NBC
8:30-11:30pm
13.2
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