September 16, 2013

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The ratings below are household ratings from the 56 television markets with local Nielsen meters for Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 2013. (The 56 markets out of 210 total cover about 70% of the US television population.)

NFL Week 2.  The 4:30 game on CBS was the big winner on yesterday’s NFL coverage (17.8 household rating for Denver-NY Giants and 17.4 rating for the time period in all markets when the lame Jacksonville-Oakland west coast game is factored in that a few markets were forced to watch).  This is up from the 16.6 rating last week for the 4:40 time period on FOX (predominantly Green Bay at San Francisco).

Sunday Night Football was a weak second place of the four Sunday NFL time periods: 13.6 rating for San Francisco-Seattle.  And that excludes the 9 pm hour when the players were sheltering in the locker rooms from bad weather.  This is down from 16.6 last week for New York Giants-Dallas.

The seven-game regional combination of FOX games (Redskins-Packers was the featured game) averaged a 12.9 rating (up from the 11.2 last week for the similar time period on CBS).

Bringing up the rear, the early game on CBS (a four-game regional combination with the biggest chunk of the country being treated to Chargers at Eagles) averaged an 11.4 rating (up from the 10.2 for the 1:00 pm slot on FOX last week).

Sports NFL Sun Sep 15 2013

On college football Saturday, THE big game was on CBS at 3:30: a 9.0 rating for #1 Alabama at #7 Texas A&M.  A few games near a 3 rating (UCLA-Nebraska and Notre Dame-Purdue), but everything else was pretty lightly viewed.

Sports NCAAF Sep 14 2013

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.