June 30, 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 June 28 and Sunday June 29, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.


Soccer: FIFA World Cup: The Knockout Round Begins

4.5 rating ABC 11:30 am Brazil vs Chile (versus 2.8 rating last Saturday on ESPN for Argentina vs Iran)
4.0 rating ABC 3:30 pm Columbia vs Uruguay (versus 4.1 rating last week on ESPN at 2:30 pm for Germany vs Ghana)
4.5 rating ESPN 11:30 am Netherlands vs Mexico (versus 3.0 rating last week on ABC for Belgium vs Russia)
4.5 rating ESPN 3:30 pm Costa Rica vs Greece (versus 3.6 rating last week on ABC at 2:30 pm for South Korea vs Algeria)

NOTE: Check back Tuesday morning for continuing detailed World Cup coverage with demographic ratings for individual matches and comparisons to 2010.  In the meantime, you can catch up on previous WORLD CUP SKEDBALL coverage from the Group Stage round, which narrowed the field from 32 to 16 teams.  


Golf: PGA

Quicken Loans Nationals
1.2 rating CBS 3:00 pm Saturday 3rd Round (+9% from 1.1 last year)
1.8 rating CBS 3:00 pm Sunday Final Round (+13% from 1.6 last year)


Auto Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup
2.1 rating TNT 7:30 pm Saturday Quaker State 400 (-12% from 2.4 last year on Sunday at 12 pm)



0.20 rating FS1 4:00 pm Saturday Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
2.3 rating FOX 7:00 pm Saturday BOS-NYY or STL-LAD or WAS-CHC or ATL-PHI (-8% from 2.5 last year for 5-game regional)


Tennis: Wimbledon

0.81 rating ESPN 8:00 am Saturday Early Round Play (-16% from 0.96 last year)
0.62 ratings ABC 3:00 pm Sunday Highlights (+51% from 0.41 last year)


Other Sports

0.71 rating NBC 4:00 pm Saturday U.S. Track & Field Outdoor Championships (-35% from 1.09 last year)
0.74 rating NBC 4:00 pm Sunday U.S. Track & Field Outdoor Championships (-24% from 0.97 last year)
0.34 rating NBC 1:00 pm Saturday Dew Tour (-8% from 0.37 last year)
0.40 rating NBC 2:00 pm Sunday Dew Tour (-7% from 0.43 last year)


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.