August 25, 2014

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings (August 23-24, 2014)

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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 August 23 and Sunday August 24, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.

The Little League World Series (U.S. championship game Saturday and Sunday’s Championship game) attracted huge audiences, close to NFL pre-season levels and up +35% to +64% versus last year. 

NFL Preseason

3.6 rating CBS 8:00 pm Oakland vs Green Bay (-27% from 4.9 last year for SEA-GB)
1.1 rating NFLNet 10:30 pm Chicago vs Seattle (+113% from 0.52 last year for CHI-OAK)
0.75 rating NFLNet 4:30 pm Tampa Bay vs Buffalo (-14% from 0.87 last year for BUF-WAS)
3.1 rating CBS 8:00 pm New Orleans vs Indianapolis (same as 3.1 last year for STL-DEN)
4.2 rating FOX 4:00 pm San Diego vs San Francisco (same as 4.2 last year for NO-HOU)
4.8 rating NBC 8:00 pm Cincinnati vs Arizona (-17% from 5.8 last year for MIN-SF)


PGA Tour: The Barclays (FedExCup Playoff Event 1)
1.7 rating CBS 3:00 pm Saturday 3rd Round (-23% from 2.2 last year)
2.3 rating CBS 3:00 pm Sunday Final Round (-38% from 3.7 last year)

Auto Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup
3.4 rating ABC 7:30 pm Saturday Bristol TN (-8% from 3.7 last year)

NASCAR Nationwide Series
0.98 rating ESPN 8:15 pm Friday Bristol TN (-2% from 1.0 last year)

0.29 rating NBCSN 4:00 pm Sunday Sonoma CA (-6% from 0.31 last year)

Formula One
0.37 rating NBCSN 7:30 am Sunday Belgian Grand Prix (+42% from 0.26 last year)


0.19 rating FS1 4:00 pm Saturday San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals

Little League World Series
International Championship
1.7 rating ABC 12:30 pm Asia-Pacific/Seoul vs Japan/Tokyo (+6% from 1.6 last year)
U.S. Championship
3.6 rating ABC 3:30 pm West/Las Vegas vs Great Lakes/Chicago (+64% from 2.2 last year)
Championship Game
3.5 rating ABC 3:00 pm US (Chicago) vs International (Seoul, Korea) (+35% from 2.6 last year)


English Premier League
0.22 rating NBCSN 7:40 am Aston Villa vs Newcastle
0.38 rating NBCSN 10:00 am Chelsea vs Leicester
0.74 rating NBC 12:30 pm Everton vs Arsenal
0.48 rating NBCSN 10:55 am Sunderland vs Manchester United


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.