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Big Names: Marv Albert, ‘Hot’ Rod Hundley, Steve Lavin

Turner Sports’ Marv Albert will not call Saturday’s Elite 8 matchup between Kentucky and Notre Dame. Also, longtime Utah Jazz broadcaster ‘Hot’ Rod Hundley has died, and former ESPN college basketball analyst Steve Lavin is out of the coaching ranks. Albert to Miss Kentucky/Notre Dame Game Turner Sports play-by-play voice Marv Albert is under the [...]
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Ratings Roundup: NCAA Wrestling, Tennis on ESPN, Liga MX on UniMás

Viewership increased by double-digits for the NCAA Wrestling Championship. In other news, fewer viewers watched the singles finals at Indian Wells, and Liga MX finished second only to El Clasico last weekend. NCAA Wrestling Up From Last Year The NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championship earned a 0.4 final rating and 694,000 viewers on ESPN last [...]
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Mixed Numbers For NASCAR From Fontana

Ratings and viewership went in opposite directions for NASCAR on FOX last weekend. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Fontana (CA) earned a 4.3 final rating and 7.3 million viewers on FOX, down a tick in ratings but up 3% in viewership compared to last year (4.4, 7.1M) and down 9% in both measures from 2013 [...]
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Big Gains and Record Overnights For Thursday’s Sweet 16 Games

The start of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 delivered impressive record overnights on CBS and TBS. Coverage of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 averaged a combined 9.1 overnight rating on CBS and Turner Sports Thursday night, up 30% from last year (7.0), and the highest for the second Thursday of the tournament since the current [...]
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Ratings Roundup: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA on ESPN, USA Soccer Friendly

Fox Sports Ohio earned one of its highest ratings ever for a non-simulcast Cleveland Cavaliers game. In other news, ESPN had mixed numbers for a Wednesday NBA doubleheader, and the latest USA men’s soccer friendly could not compare to last year’s rivalry match against Mexico. Near-Record Local Rating For Cavaliers Wednesday’s Cavaliers/Grizzlies NBA regular season [...]
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Ratings Roundup: Formula 1 Opener, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NBA on TNT

The first race of the Formula 1 season attracted a slightly larger audience earlier this month. In other news, NASCAR’s Xfinity Series had another decline on Fox Sports 1, and fewer viewers watched a Tuesday NBA doubleheader on TNT. Modest Bump in Viewership For Season-Opening F1 Race The season-opening Formula 1 race from Australia earned [...]
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Big Names: Pedro Martinez, Kate Abdo, John Skipper Impersonator

Pedro Martinez has added MLB Network to his existing TBS duties. In other news, Sky Sports’ Kate Abdo will anchor Women’s World Cup coverage on Fox Sports, and a John Skipper impersonator was able to delay the premiere of a new radio show. Pedro Martinez Joins MLB Network, Staying With TBS TBS Major League Baseball [...]
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Final Four Teamcasts Renamed With Bleacher Report Brand

Turner Sports is turning its team-specific Final Four coverage into a showcase for Bleacher Report. This year’s team-specific coverage of the Final Four on TNT and TruTV has been renamed the Team Stream presented by Bleacher Report, Turner Sports announced Wednesday. The rebrand will be accompanied by an “increased amount of integrated elements between the [...]
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Ratings Roundup: El Clasico on BeIN, EPL on NBCSN, UEFA on ESPN Deportes

The BeIN family of networks attracted over two million viewers for Sunday’s El Clasico. In other news, NBCSN scored the third-largest audience ever for the EPL on U.S. cable, and ESPN Deportes drew its largest audience of the year for a UEFA Champions League match. Over 2M For El Clasico on BeIN Networks Sunday’s El [...]
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Big Names: Stuart Scott, Nick Peters, Dallas Braden

The late SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has been nominated for a Sports Emmy. In other news, former San Francisco Giants beat writer Nick Peters has died, and ESPN has agreed to an extension with MLB analyst Dallas Braden. Scott Nominated For Sports Emmy Late ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has been nominated for the best [...]
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Coming Attractions: 2022 World Cup, MLB Game 162, NHL/USA Network

As has been long rumored, the 2022 World Cup will take place during the winter. In other news, Major League Baseball has scheduled all games on the final day of the season for the same time, FIFA: 2022 World Cup (November/December 2022) FIFA announced Friday that the 2022 World Cup take place in November and [...]
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Idle Notes: NFL Blackout Rule, NFL Digital Broadcast, NBA/Univision Deal

The NFL has announced a suspension of local TV blackouts for the 2015-16 season. In other news, the league also announced plans to broadcast a regular season game via a digital platform, and the NBA has agreed to a partnership with Univision. NFL to Lift Blackout Rule For 2015 Season NFL owners voted Monday to [...]
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Overnights Up, But Low, For PGA at Bay Hill

Overnights for the PGA Tour at Bay Hill were the highest in three years, but among the lowest since the 1990s. Final round coverage of the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational drew a 2.1 overnight rating on NBC Sunday afternoon, up 17% from last year (1.8), up 24% from rainout coverage in 2013 (1.7), and [...]
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Overnights Flat For NASCAR From Fontana

Opposite the NCAA Tournament, overnight ratings held steady for NASCAR on FOX. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Fontana (CA) earned a 4.0 overnight rating on FOX Sunday afternoon, even with last year (4.0), down 11% from 2013 (4.5), and tied as the lowest overnight for the race in four years — since rain-shortened coverage drew [...]
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No Record, But NCAA Tournament Overnights Still Strong Sunday

The NCAA Tournament was not able to generate a fourth record-setting day on CBS and Turner Sports, but Sunday’s overnights were still strong. Second round of the NCAA Tournament averaged a combined 7.3* overnight rating on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV Sunday, up slightly from approximately 7.2 last year, but below the record 7.6 then [...]
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Third Straight Day of Record Overnights For NCAA Tournament

For the third straight day, CBS and Turner Sports combined for a record NCAA Tournament overnight. Second round coverage of the NCAA Tournament averaged a combined 7.4 overnight rating on CBS, TBS and TNT Saturday, up 14% from last year (6.5), and the highest overnight for the first Saturday of the event since the current [...]
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Ratings Roundup: EPL on NBCSN, NBA on ESPN, NASCAR Xfinity Series

NBCSN scored its largest Premier League audience in more than two months last weekend. In other news, ESPN had a modest rise in viewership for Hawks/Warriors and ratings held steady for NASCAR Xfinity Series racing on FOX. NBCSN Earns Top EPL Audience Since Mid-January Last Sunday’s Tottenham/Manchester United English Premier League match drew a 0.4 [...]
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Record Overnight For Second Day of NCAA Tournament

For the second straight day, the NCAA Tournament delivered a record overnight for CBS and Turner Sports. First round coverage of the NCAA Tournament averaged a combined 6.3 overnight rating on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV Friday, the highest overnight ever for the opening Friday of the event, according to the networks (dates back to [...]
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In Reversal From Overnights, NBC Gets Second-Straight NHL Bump

For the second straight week, NBC had an increase in ratings and viewership for NHL action. Last Sunday’s Red Wings/Penguins NHL regular season game drew a 0.8 final rating and 1.3 million viewers on NBC, up a tick in ratings and 18% in viewership from Flyers/Penguins last year (0.7, 1.1M) but down a tick and [...]
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Big Gains in Ratings, Viewership, For PGA at Tampa Bay

Ratings and viewership increased by double-digits for the PGA Tour at Tampa Bay last weekend. Final round coverage of the PGA Tour Tampa Bay Championship drew a 2.1 final rating and 3.1 million viewers on NBC, up 40% in ratings and 35% in viewership from last year (1.5, 2.3M), up 24% in both measures from [...]
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ABC Again Slips Under 2.0 Rating For NBA Doubleheader

For the second straight week, neither game of an ABC NBA doubleheader managed to crack a 2.0 rating. Last Sunday’s Rockets/Clippers NBA regular season game drew a 1.8 final rating and 2.7 million viewers on ABC, down 14% in ratings and 17% in viewership from Rockets/Heat last year (2.1, 3.3M) and flat and up 5%, [...]
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NASCAR Top Draw on Selection Sunday, But Phoenix Race Low

NASCAR took top honors on a college basketball dominated weekend, but ratings and viewership for the Phoenix race were down from previous years. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Phoenix drew a 4.1 final rating and 7.0 million viewers on FOX Sunday afternoon, down 23% in ratings and 20% in viewership from last year (5.3, 8.8M), [...]
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More Ratings: NCAA Selection Show, Championship Week, Laettner 30 For 30

Though the NCAA Tournament got off to a strong start, last weekend’s Selection Show hit a record-low. In other news, the Mountain West and Atlantic-10 title games were the top mid-major draws during Championship Week, and the Christian Laettner 30 For 30 documentary hit a multi-year high. Record-Low Rating For NCAA Selection Show The NCAA [...]
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College Basketball Ratings Wrap: Every Game of the 2014-15 Regular Season

Television ratings for every college basketball game during the 2014-15 regular season. [If you want to skip straight to the charts, click here for Part I and click here for Part II]. The Duke/North Carolina rivalry was the top draw during the 2014-15 regular season, generating the two largest audiences on any network. The March [...]
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Big Ten Championship Down, But Solid, on CBS

Fewer viewers watched the Big Ten title game, but the telecast earned one of the top audiences of the season. Last Saturday’s Wisconsin/Michigan State Big Ten Tournament championship game drew a 2.6 final rating and 4.0 million viewers on CBS, down a tick in ratings and 12% in viewership from Michigan State/Michigan last year (2.7, [...]
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