September 2, 2014

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings (August 30-31, 2014)

The ratings below are household ratings from the 56 television markets with local Nielsen meters for Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.

College Football: Week 1

4.1 rating ABC 3:30 pm West Virginia vs #2-Alabama
4.1 rating ABC 8:00 pm #1-Florida State vs Oklahoma State
1.4 rating NBC 3:30 pm Rice vs #17-Notre Dame
2.5 rating ESPN 5:30 pm #16-Clemson vs #12-Georgia
2.5 rating ESPN 9:00 pm #14-Wisconsin vs #13-LSU
2.1 rating ESPN 12:00 pm #7-UCLA vs Virginia
0.92 rating FOX 7:30 pm Fresno State vs #15-USC

SEC Network 4:00 pm Arkansas vs #6-Auburn (n/a)


PGA Tour: Deutsche Bank Championship (FedExCup Playoff Event 2)
1.8 rating Golf 3:00 pm Sunday 3rd Round (-25% from 2.4 last year)
2.1 rating NBC 1:30 pm Monday Final Round (-16% from 2.5 last year)

Auto Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup
3.0 rating ESPN 7:30 pm Sunday Atlanta GA (same as 3.0 last year)

NASCAR Nationwide Series
1.00 rating ESPN 7:30 pm Saturday Atlanta GA (-2% from 1.02 last year)

0.18 rating NBCSN 9:00 pm Saturday Fontana CA (-18% from 0.22 last year)

Formula One


0.14 rating FS1 4:00 pm Saturday Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates


English Premier League
0.31 rating NBCSN 7:40 am Burnley vs Manchester United
0.37 rating NBCSN 10:00 am Manchester City vs Stoke
0.81 rating NBC 12:30 pm Everton vs Chelsea
0.38 rating NBCSN 8:25 am Tottenham vs Liverpool
0.40 rating NBCSN 10:55 am Leicester vs Arsenal

0.11 rating NBCSN 2:30 pm Sunday DC United vs New York


U.S. Open Tennis
1.2 rating CBS 11:00 am Saturday Early round play (same as 1.2 last year)
1.5 rating CBS 11:00 am Sunday Early round play (-6% from 1.6 last year)
1.6 rating CBS 12:30 pm Monday Round of 16 (+33% from 1.2 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.