May 19, 2020

SKEDBALL: Weekly Sports TV Ratings 5.11-5.17.2020

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf

Here are the full week sports ratings (such as they are) for Monday May 11 through Sunday May 17, 2020.  Eligible programs include sporting events on broadcast and cable networks (minimum audience size 300K P2+ live+same day).  Programs are grouped by sport and ranked within each sport by P2+ audience size.

For comparison, here is the similar chart for the same week last year, May 13-May 19, 2019:




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.


  1. 69 Road Runner

    Those ratings for a sedate NASCAR race and a fairly boring skins game illustrate just how starved people are for live sports!!

  2. Alex

    Ha ha I saw the NASCAR where a sticky banner ad pulled off the side wall and hit cars, plus a couple scary crashes. At the end it was interesting with no audience to celebrate with the winning driver.
    In NASCAR history, I can’t believe all those racers died before they changed the helmets.
    After Darlington, they showed an old 1985 Bristol, VA race with a multi crash that night on (I think) FS1.
    Apparently, NASCAR ratings and attendance have dropped

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