December 21, 2015

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings 12.19-20.2015

The ratings below are household ratings from the 56 television markets with local Nielsen meters for Saturday December 19 and Sunday December 20, 2015. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population. Click here for sports ratings from the same NFL and college football weekend or the same calendar weekend last year.

NFL: Week 15    Regional Coverage Map

4.83 rating 8:00 pm NFL Network (NYJ-DAL)
15.31 rating 1 or 4 pm FOX Single (CHI-MIN ATL-JAX CAR-NYG BUF-WAS CLE-SEA GB-OAK)
(vs 12.3 for 2014 CBS Single and 10.8 for 2013 CBS Single)
7.87 rating 1:00 pm CBS Regional (HOU-IND TEN-NE KC-BAL)
(vs 11.0 for 2014 FOX Regional and 11.1 for 2013 FOX Regional)
15.85 rating 4:30 pm CBS National (DEN-PIT MIA-SD CIN-SF)
(vs 16.8 for 2014 SF-SEA FOX National and 18.1 for 2013 GB-DAL FOX National)
11.68 rating 8:30 pm NBC (ARI-PHI)
(vs 14.9 in 2014 for DAL-PHI and 10.9 in 2013 for CIN-PIT)

College Football: Bowls 

1.89 rating ABC 12:00 pm Celebration Bowl Alcorn State vs North Carolina A&T
1.40 rating ESPN 2:00 pm New Mexico Bowl Arizona vs New Mexico
2.41 rating ABC 3:30 pm Las Vegas Bowl BYU vs Utah
1.37 rating ESPN 5:30 pm Camellia Bowl Ohio vs Appalachian State
0.95 rating ESPN 9:00 pm New Orleans Bowl Arkansas State vs Louisiana Tech

Note: Football regional coverage maps from

College Basketball

0.41 rating FOX 12:00 pm Wichita State vs Seton Hall
1.15 rating ESPN 12:00 pm Utah vs #7-Duke
0.96 rating CBS 1:00 pm #22-UCLA vs #11-North Carolina
n/a rating ESPN2 2:00 pm Indiana vs Notre Dame
1.69 rating CBS 3:30 pm Ohio State vs #4-Kentucky


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Auto Racing

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Premier League

0.34 rating NBCSN 10:00 am Chelsea vs Sunderland
0.69 rating NBC 12:30 pm Newcastle vs Aston Villa

0.31 rating NBCSN 8:30 am Watford vs Liverpool
0.31 rating NBCSN 11:00 am Swansea vs West Ham


1.82 rating FOX 8:00 pm Saturday


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.