January 6, 2014

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 Friday January 3, Saturday January 4 and Sunday January 5, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.


College Football Early Bowls

7.2 rating ESPN 8:30 Orange Bowl #12-Clemson vs #7-Ohio State
4.3 rating FOX 8:15 Cotton Bowl #13-Oklahoma State vs #8-Missouri

1.9 rating ESPN 1:00 Compass Bowl NR-Vanderbilt vs NR-Houston

1.1 rating ESPN 9:00p Go Daddy Bowl NR-Arkansas State vs NR-Ball State


NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Weekend

17.2 rating NBC 4:30 AFC Kansas City-Indianapolis (+6% from 16.2 for CIN-HOU last year)
20.5 rating NBC 8:15 NFC New Orleans-Philadelphia (+12% from 18.3 for MIN-GB last year)

20.3 rating CBS 1:00 AFC San Diego-Cincinnati (+3% from 19.7 for IND-BAL last year)
27.7 rating FOX 4:45 NFC San Francisco-Green Bay (+17% from 23.7 for SEA-WAS last year)


US Olympic Trials

1.2 rating NBC 12:30 pm Sunday Bobsled
0.82 rating NBC 4:00 pm Sunday Short Track Speed Skating

College Basketball

1.20 rating 2:00 pm Saturday CBS #5-Michigan State vs NR-Indiana
1.17 rating 4:15 pm Saturday CBS #7-Duke vs NR-Notre Dame
1.9 rating 4:45 pm Sunday CBS #21-San Diego State vs #16-Kansas

English FA Cup Soccer

0.73 rating FOX 12:15 pm Saturday Arsenal vs Totttenham Hotspur


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.