October 20, 2014

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings 10.18-19.2014

The ratings below are household ratings from the 56 television markets with local Nielsen meters for Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.

NFL: Week 7

10.6 rating CBS 1 or 4 pm Single (mostly CIN-IND, KC-SD, MIA-CHI)
8.9 rating FOX 1:00 pm Regional (mostly CAR-GB, ATL-BAL)
17.6 rating FOX 4:30 pm National (mostly NY-DAL)
14.8 rating 8:30 pm NBC (SF-DEN)

College Football: Week 8

8.54 rating ABC 8:00 pm #5-Notre Dame at #2-Florida State
2.80 rating CBS 3:30 pm #21-Texas A&M at #7-Alabama
2.68 rating ABC 3:30 pm (*see note below)
2.67 rating ESPN 12:00 pm #14-Kansas State at #11-Oklahoma
1.61 rating ESPN 7:00 pm Tennessee at #3-Ole Miss
1.41 rating ESPN 3:30 pm #8-Michigan State at Indiana
1.09 rating ESPN 10:30 pm #23-Stanford at #17-Arizona State
1.03 rating FS1 12:00 pm #4-Baylor at West Virginia
0.68 rating FS1 4:00 pm #15-Oklahoma State at #12-TCU
0.65 rating FS1 8:00 pm Washington at #9-Oregon

*Note: The 2.68 rating for ABC at 3:30 pm in the 56 metered markets is made up of a 2.29 rating in 45 markets (53% of the country) for a lopsided game between Rutgers and #13-Ohio State and a 3.91 rating in 11 markets (17% of the country) for a close game between UCLA and California (both unranked teams).

Auto Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup
2.7 rating ESPN 2:00 pm Sunday Talladega, AL

NASCAR Truck Series
0.96 rating FOX 1:15 pm Saturday Talladega, AL

Formula One


No post season games this weekend. World Series starts Tuesday in Kansas City.


English Premier League
0.28 rating NBCSN 7:30 am Tottenham at Manchester City
0.32 rating NBCSN 10:00 am Chelsea at Crystal Palace
0.29 rating NBCSN 8:30 am QPR vs Liverpool
0.26 rating NBCSN 11:00 am Stoke vs Swansea

0.06 rating NBCSN 3:00 pm Saturday Dallas vs Colorado


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.