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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 May 17 and Sunday May 18, 2014. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.

 

Triple Crown: Preakness Stakes

Saturday
2.4 rating NBC 4:30-5:00 pm (same as 2.4 last year; 1.7 in 2012)
3.5 rating NBC 5:00-5:45 pm (-3% from 3.6 last year; 2.9 in 2012)
6.3 rating NBC 5:45-6:45 pm (+5% from 6.0 last year; 5.5 in 2012)

Kentucky Derby Flashback Two Weeks Ago (Saturday May 3, 2014)
4.0 rating NBC 4:30-5:00 pm (-2% from 4.1 last year; 3.7 in 2012)
5.9 rating NBC 5:00-6:00 pm (-5% from 6.2 last year; 5.4 in 2012)
10.1 rating NBC 6:00-6:45 pm (-3% from 10.4 last year; 9.0 in 2012)

 

NBA: Playoffs

5.8 rating ABC 3:30 pm Sunday Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers Game 1 (+49% from 3.9 last year for MEM-SA)

 

NHL: Playoffs

1.2 rating NBC 1:00 pm Saturday New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Game 1 (-8% from 1.3 last year for NYR-NJ)
1.9 rating NBC 3:00 pm Sunday LA Kings at Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 (+90% from 1.0 last year for PHX-LA)

 

MLB

0.30 rating FS1 4:00 pm Saturday Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees

 

PGA Golf: Byron Nelson Championship

1.2 rating CBS 3:00 pm Saturday 3rd Round (-8% from 1.3 last year)
1.6 rating CBS 3:00 pm Sunday Final Round (-24% from 2.1 last year)

Auto Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series
0.83 rating ESPN 2:00 pm Sunday from Newton, Iowa (+124% from 0.37 last year on ESPN2)
NASCAR Sprint Cup
1.7 rating FOX 7:00 pm Saturday All-Star Race from Charlotte (-15% from 2.0 last year)

IndyCar Indianapolis 500 time trials
0.77 rating ABC 4:00 pm Saturday (-12% from 0.88 last year)
1.2 rating ABC 1:00 om Sunday (-8% from 1.3 last year)

 

Soccer

FA Cup
0.74 rating FOX 11:30 am Saturday Arsenal vs Hull (+40% from 0.53 from last year)

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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.