April 20, 2015

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings 4.18-19.2015

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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 April 18 and Sunday April 19, 2015. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population. Click here for a look at sports ratings from the same weekend last year.

NBA Playoffs

n/a rating ESPN 12:30 pm WAS Wizards at TOR Raptors
3.15 rating ABC 3:30 pm NO Pelicans at GS Warriors
n/a rating ESPN 7:00 MIL Bucks at CHI Bulls
n/a rating ESPN 9:30 pm DAL Mavericks at HOU Rockets

4.53 rating ABC 3:00 BOS Celtics at CLE Cavaliers
n/a rating TNT 5:30 pm NJ Nets at ATL Hawks
n/a rating TNT 8:00 pm POR Trail Blazers at MEM Grizzlies
n/a rating TNT 10:30 pm SA Spurs at LA Clippers


PGA: The Heritage
1.57 rating CBS 3:00 pm Saturday Third Round
2.61 rating CBS 3:00 pm Sunday Final Round (entirely on tape — final round played in morning to beat severe weather)

Auto Racing

NASCAR Xfinity Series
0.70 rating FS1 1:30 pm Bristol TN 300

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2.89 rating FOX 2:30 pm Bristol TN 500 RAIN DELAY Coverage
1.39 rating FS1 6:30 pm Bristol TN 500 Race Coverage

0.32 rating NBCSN 4:30 pm Long Beach Grand Prix

0.48 rating NBCSN 10:30 am Bahrain Grand Prix

NHL Playoffs

1.13 rating NBC 3:00 pm DET Red Wings at TB Lightning (33 mkts) / MIN-STL (23 mkts)
0.13 rating NBCSN 3:00 pm MIN Wild at STL Blues (33 mkts) / DET-TB (23 mkts)
1.70 rating NBC 8:00 pm PIT Penguins at NY Rangers
0.19 rating NBCSN 10:30 pm WIN Jets at ANA Ducks

1.21 rating NBC 12:00 pm WAS Capitals at NY Islanders
1.65 rating NBC 3:00 pm NSH Predators at CHI Blackhawks
0.50 rating NBCSN 7:00 pm MON Canadiens at OTT Senators
0.39 rating NBCSN 10:00 pm VAN Canucks at CAL Flames


n/a rating FS1 4:00 pm BAL Orioles at BOS Red Sox
n/a rating FS1 7:00 pm NY Yankess at TB Rays

n/a rating ESPN 8:00 pm CIN Reds at STL Cardinals


Premier League

0.27 rating NBCSN 10:00 am Everton vs Burnley
0.81 rating NBC 12:30 pm Chelsea vs Manchester United

0.23 rating NBCSN 8:30 am Manchester City vs West Ham
0.13 rating CNBC 11:00 am Newcastle vs Tottenham


1.80 rating NBC 8:00 pm Saturday Machida vs Rockhold


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.