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Sprint Cup TV Ratings: Brickyard 400 Earns Second-Lowest Rating

Television ratings for the Brickyard 400 were not much worse than in previous years, but still ranked as the second-lowest ever for the race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 drew a 3.4 U.S. rating […]
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Big Names: Tim Howard Joins NBC Sports (Also: NBPA Exec. Dir., Michelle Beisner)

Active goalkeeper Tim Howard has joined NBC Sports as an English Premier League analyst. In other news, the NBPA has elected a new executive director and ESPN has hired an NFL Network analyst. Howard Joins […]
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Idle Notes: ESPN Extends Deal With Pro Football HOF (Also: Notre Dame/CBS, WNBA Finals)

ESPN will continue airing the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies through 2020. In other news, CBS will air the annual Notre Dame/Navy game in primetime, and the WNBA Finals will return to broadcast TV […]
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

TV Ratings: FOX Ties Lowest UFC Overnight (Also: NASCAR/Indy, PGA/CBS)

The UFC on FOX tied its lowest overnight rating on Saturday. In other news, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 saw a second-straight increase in Indianapolis, and the PGA Tour Canadian Open was mostly on par with last […]
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Big Names: Mack Brown Joins ESPN (Also: CFB/FOX, John Madden)

ESPN has added former Texas coach Mack Brown to its college football team. In other news, Fox Sports has made some changes to its college football line-up and John Madden rejected overtures from NBC to […]
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TV Ratings: WNBA All-Star Game Low on ESPN (Also: MLB/ESPN, Milwaukee Brewers)

Television ratings for the WNBA All-Star Game dropped significantly with a move from ABC to ESPN. In other news, Sunday Night Baseball did well despite a decline and the Milwaukee Brewers hit a three-year ratings […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

IndyCar Hits Another Multi-Year High on NBCSN

After reaching a two-year high last week, NBCSN hit a three-year high for IndyCar racing last Sunday. Race 2 of the IndyCar Series doubleheader from Toronto earned 484,000 viewers on NBCSN Sunday afternoon, up 88% […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS Viewership Up Big on ESPN, NBCSN

Television viewership for Major League Soccer has risen dramatically on ESPN and NBCSN. ESPN and ESPN2 have averaged a 0.21 U.S. rating and 321,000 viewers for MLS coverage through last Wednesday, up 31% in ratings […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

British Open Down Across the Board on ESPN

Television ratings declined for all four rounds of the British Open on ESPN. Final round coverage of the British Open earned a 2.3 U.S. rating and 3.3 million viewers on ESPN Sunday morning, down 26% […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

British Open Overnights Decline; All Three Majors Down Double-Digits

Overnight ratings for the season’s third golf major declined double-digits from last year. Final round coverage of the British Open earned a 2.6 overnight rating on ESPN Sunday morning, down 28% from last year (3.6), […]
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

TV Ratings: Nick’s Kids Sports Awards Beats ESPYs (Also: Scottish Open, Tour de France)

The inaugural Nickelodeon Kids Sports Choice Awards outdrew ESPN’s annual ESPYs the previous night. In other news, the European Tour Scottish Open had a significant decline in its second year on U.S. broadcast TV, and […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

NBCSN Earns Top IndyCar Audience in Two Years

One week after hitting a season-low, viewership for the IndyCar Series hit a two-year high on NBCSN. Last week’s IndyCar Series race from Iowa earned 444,000 viewers on NBCSN, down 52% from last year on […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Final Tally For Baseball Night on FOX: Eight Weeks, Eight Declines

The season’s final primetime MLB telecast on FOX marked yet another decline from last year. Regional MLB action on FOX drew a 1.4 final rating and nearly 2.1 million viewers last Saturday, down 26% in […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Names: Andrews Off FOX College Football Coverage (Also: Howie Schwab, Holly Sonders)

Erin Andrews will no longer contribute to Fox Sports college football coverage. In other news, former ESPN staffer Howie Schwab has joined Sports Jeopardy and Fox Sports has hired a Golf Channel anchor. Newly Promoted […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Media Consolidation Could Kill Turner Sports

The latest machinations of the corporate media giants could result in the end of one of sports broadcasting’s great brands. According to multiple reports, 21st Century Fox (née News Corp.) is pushing to acquire rival […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPY Awards Down For Second Straight Year

For the second straight year, fewer viewers tuned into ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards. The 2014 ESPY Awards earned 2.2 million viewers on ESPN Wednesday night, down 3% from last year (2.3M), down 9% from 2012 […]
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Halftime: The 50 Most-Watched Sporting Events of 2014 (So Far)

At the unofficial halfway point of the sports calendar, here is a look at the most-watched sporting events of the year so far. Click here to jump straight to the list. The first half of […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN MLB Ratings Up, But Home Run Derby Hits Low

Though the network’s highest-profile MLB telecast of the season was a rain-drenched dud, ESPN had a successful first half campaign. ESPN averaged a 0.9 U.S. rating and 1.2 million viewers for Major League Baseball games […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 MLB All-Star Game Up Slightly, Hits Four-Year High

The numbers were still among the lowest ever, but the 2014 MLB All-Star Game managed to hit a four-year high in ratings and viewership on FOX. The 2014 MLB All-Star Game earned a 7.0 rating […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB All-Star Game Avoids Record-Low Overnight

Considering how poorly Major League Baseball has done on FOX this season, the network can be pleased that the All-Star Game narrowly avoided a record-low overnight. The 2014 MLB All-Star Game earned an 8.0 overnight […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sprint Cup TV Ratings: TNT’s Final NASCAR Race Down Double-Digits

The series finale of NASCAR on TNT was just the latest Sprint Cup race to suffer a decline compared to last year. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire earned a 2.7 U.S. rating and […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

TV Ratings: World Cup 3rd-Place Match Down on ESPN (Also: Scottish Open, Tour de France)

The World Cup third-place match was less of a draw on ESPN than on ABC four years earlier. In other news, the European Tour had a decline on NBC over the weekend, and the Tour […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Home Run Derby Sees Lower Overnight After Delay

The MLB Home Run Derby, usually one of the highlights of the season, was dampened due to rain Monday night. ESPN earned a 3.9 overnight for the Home Run Derby, according to Sports Business Daily […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

FOX Ends Primetime MLB Run With Yet Another Low Overnight

The final primetime MLB telecast of the season on FOX was another weak draw in the overnights. Regional MLB action on FOX earned a 1.6 overnight rating Saturday night, down 30% from last year (2.3) […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 FIFA World Cup Sets Records on ESPN, Univision

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was a rousing success for ESPN/ABC and Univision. Coverage of the World Cup averaged approximately 8.1 million viewers combined on the ESPN and Univision networks, up 45% from 2010 (5.6M). […]
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15 days ago  |  Discuss
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