January 4, 2016

SKEDBALL: Weekend Sports TV Ratings 1.2-3.2016

The ratings below are household ratings from the 56 television markets with local Nielsen meters for Saturday January 2 and Sunday January 3, 2016. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population. Click here for sports ratings from the same NFL and college football weekend or the same calendar weekend last year.

NFL: Week 17    Regional Coverage Map

11.10 rating 1:00 pm CBS Regional (NYJ-BUF NE-MIA PIT-CLE JAX-HOU TEN-IND)
(vs 10.8 for 2014 CBS Single and 12.1 for 2013 CBS Regional)
8.69 rating 1:00 pm FOX Regional (NO-ATL BAL-CIN WAS-DAL PHI-NYG DET-CHI)
(vs 10.5 for 2014 FOX Regional and 10.2 for 2013 FOX Regional)
12.84 rating 4:30 pm CBS National (SD-DEN STL-SF)
(vs 6.7 for 2014 CAR-ATL CBS National and 10.7 for 2013 BUF-NE CBS National)
13.99 rating 4:30 pm FOX National (SEA-ARI OAK-KC TB-CAR)
(vs 17.1 for 2014 DET-GB FOX National and 15.7 for 2013 GB-CHI FOX National)
14.76 rating 8:30 pm NBC (MIN-GB)
(vs 12.7 in 2014 for CIN-PIT and 16.8 in 2013 for PHI-DAL)

College Football: Bowls 

n/a rating ABC 1:00 pm Citrus Bowl Michigan vs Florida
n/a rating ESPN 1:00 pm Fiesta Bowl Notre Dame vs Ohio State
n/a rating ESPN 5:00 pm Rose Bowl Stanford vs Iowa
n/a rating ESPN 8:30 pm Sugar Bowl Oklahoma State vs Mississippi

3.87 rating ESPN 12:00 pm TaxSlayer Bowl Penn State vs Georgia
4.48 rating ESPN 3:30 pm Liberty Bowl Kansas State vs Arkansas
4.77 rating ESPN 7:00 pm Alamo Bowl Oregon vs TCU
n/a rating ESPN 10:30 pm Cactus Bowl West Virginia vs Arizona State

Note: Football regional coverage maps from

College Basketball

0.63 rating CBS 2:00 pm Tennessee at Auburn
0.85 rating CBS 4:00 pm Baylor at Kansas


Returns next year

Auto Racing

NASCAR Xfinity Series
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Premier League

0.26 rating NBCSN 7:30 am West Ham vs Liverpool
0.34 rating NBCSN 10:00 am Arsenal vs Newcastle United
0.28 rating USA 10:00 am Manchester United vs Swansea
0.79 rating NBC 12:30 pm Watford vs Manchester City

0.32 rating NBCSN 8:30 am Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
0.43 rating NBCSN 11:00 am Everton vs Tottenham


0.47 rating ABC Saturday 2:00 pm World of X Games

0.48 rating NBC Sunday 4:30 pm Nitro Circus


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.