March 31, 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 Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.

College Basketball

NCAA Men’s Tournament: Elite 8 Round
9.0 rating CBS 5:00 pm Sunday #8-Kentucky vs #2-Michigan (-4% from 9.4 last year)
6.5 rating CBS 2:15 pm Sunday #7-Connecticut vs #4-Michigan State (+5% from 6.2 last year)
5.9 rating TBS 8:45 pm Saturday #2-Wisconsin vs #1-Arizona 64-63 OT (-14% from 6.9 last year on CBS)
4.6 rating TBS 6:00 pm Saturday #11-Dayton vs #1-Florida 52-62 (-2% from 4.7 last year on CBS)

Division II Tournament Championship
1.05 rating CBS 3:00 pm Saturday Central Missouri vs West Liberty (+91% from 0.55 last year)

Auto Racing

3.8 rating FOX 1:00 pm Sunday STP Virginia 500 at Martinsville (-5% from 4.0 last year)

0.59 rating ABC 3:00 pm Sunday Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg



N/A rating ESPN 8:00 pm Sunday Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

PGA Golf: Valero Open

1.5 rating NBC 3:00 pm Saturday 3rd Round (+7% from 1.4 last year)
2.0 rating NBC 3:00 pm Sunday Final Round (-5% from 2.1 last year)



1.1 rating NBC 12:30 pm Sunday Boston at Philadelphia



Premier League
0.36 rating NBCSN 8:45 am Saturday Manchester United vs Aston Villa
0.39 rating NBCSN 11:00 am Saturday Crystal Palace at Chelsea
0.51 rating NBCSN 1:30 pm Saturday Arsenal at Manchester City

0.22 rating NBCSN 8:30 am Sunday Fulham at Everton
0.51 rating NBCSN 11:00 am Sunday Liverpool at Tottenham 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.