PGA dramas didn’t stop the specter of viewing; Peak ratings falter: Sports on TV

Sunday’s final round of the wild PGA Championship, which saw leader Mito Pereira falter with a double bogey on the 18th hole and Justin Thomas’s seven-stroke rally to win a playoff with Will Xalatores, an average viewership of 5.27 million viewers on CNN PS.

This is below average 6.5 million Who watched Phil Mickelson win his sixth Grand Slam last year – before his next win Self-sacrifice for reputation At the same event, he made golf the oldest major winner at the age of 50.

Mickelson and Tiger Woods have always bolstered TV viewers, especially when they’re in competition at the big business. At Oklahoma’s Southern Hills on Sunday, Woods pulled out after he was 79 the day before to peg for last place, and Mickelson himself dropped in the wake of his comments in favor of the Saudi Super Golf.

When Thomas won the PGA Championship in 2017, the final round averaged 4.9 million, the lowest final-round audience since the same total in 2012. On Sunday, viewership increased to 9 million in the 45 minutes of the playoff, culminating at 9.3 million from 7:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Reminder: Prior to 2020, Nielsen audience data did not include out-of-home viewership, i.e. people watching in other homes, bars, restaurants, etc., so it’s very likely that major live sporting events in the past had a larger audience than reported.

PGA Championship Final Round To Watch

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5.27 million

Justin Thomas


6.5 million

Phil Mickelson


5.2 million

Colin Morikawa


5.0 million

Brooks Kopka


8.5 million

Brooks Kopka


4.9 million

Justin Thomas


5.3 million

Jimmy Walker


6.7 million

Jason Day


8.2 million

Rory McIlroy


5.5 million

Jason Dufner


4.9 million

Rory McIlroy

Horse racing: Without the possibility of a Triple Crown show, Preakness Stakes Saturday saw its viewership drop to 5.26 million on NBC watching early voting halt the epicenter of choice to win the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The network said the race peaked with 6.6 million viewers from 7 to 7:15 p.m.

A year earlier, Rombauer averaged 7.0 million viewers and peaked at 8.6 million viewers. This race included Medina Spirit, who tested positive for an anti-inflammatory steroid that was banned within two weeks of horse racing — a situation that may have sparked an increase in Preakness viewership.

Overall, Saturday’s race crowd was in line with 2019, which was the last Preakness without a Kentucky Derby winner on the field. Early voting will not take place in the Belmont Stakes next month, which means the third stage of the Triple Crown races will likely lose some TV audiences as well.

Even without the Triple Crown drama, the race is still doing better with fans than it did during the COVID-19 disruption of live sports two years ago. In 2020, the October Preakness was held instead of the regular May slot two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and averaged 2.36 million viewers. That was below the 2019 average of 5.41 million per Sports Media Watch.

Preakness averaged 7.9 million viewers in 2018 when Justify won the second stage of their eventual Triple Crown title.

This year’s Belmont Stakes airs on NBC and Peacock from 5-7 p.m. June 11 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, and previous races will be shown live from 3-5 p.m. on CNBC.

football: Manchester City won Premier League For the fourth time in five years on Sunday, her game that day with Aston Villa – a 3-2 win – averaged 955,000 views on NBC.

For the season, NBC Sports said Premier League television broadcasts averaged 507,000 viewers linear and streamed via NBC, USA Network, CNBC and NBCSN. This is the best average in six years.

NBC said last season’s average of 414,000 did not include peacocks or Spanish-language television broadcasts.

The network said scores of matches averaged at least one million viewers on NBC platforms, which broke the record-breaking eight matches in 2020-21 and 2015-16.

On Sunday, various NBC channels and streamers broadcast all 10 Premier League matches as clubs competed for the championship, the top four places to qualify for the next tournament. Champions League Group stage, the bottom three positions on the table lowered to the lower section.

Matches averaged 2.2 million viewers, which the network said matches the 2019 “Championship Sunday” viewing record.

PLAYOFFS: The NBA And NHL The qualifiers continue their march towards their respective finals. Last week’s top audience list included 7.41 million people for TNT Sunday in the Golden State Warriors’ late win over the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. The first two games of the series averaged 6.51 million on Wednesday and 6.76 million on Friday (both on TNT).

The Warriors, the television darling of the NBA this season, led by 3-1 in the series. The fifth game at 9 pm Thursday on TNT.

The Boston-Miami series in the Eastern Conference Finals isn’t far off. Game 3 on ABC averaged 6.8 million viewers on Saturday night, while Game 1 on Tuesday night earned 6.07 million on ESPN and 6.04 million on Game 2 on Thursday (also ESPN).

The Boston-Miami game is held at 2-2 with Game Five at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

In hockey, the only playoff last week to top 2 million players was Rangers-Hurricanes Game 2 on ESPN Friday. Wednesday’s first game of that series averaged 1.65 million, while Sunday’s 3 game, which saw Rangers hacked, averaged 1.21 million on ESPN.

The most watched game of any other series was 1.56 million on Saturday in prime time for Colorado’s win over St. Louis on TNT.

USFL: There was expected but still ominous news for the Fox-owned USFL when Disney announce It will broadcast XFL 3.0 games next spring on ABC, ESPN, FX and ESPN+ under a multi-year deal whose financial terms have not been disclosed.

Mouse-owned channels and channels will broadcast 40 regular season games and three playoffs.

Is there room in the spring for two evolutionary pro football leagues? Looks like we’ll find out.

The USFL also has NBC as a broadcast partner, helping the network fill its post-NHL spring lineup and fill the Peacock broadcast service.

While the XFL, which failed in 2020 due to a discontinuation of live sports due to the pandemic rather than TV ratings, is privately owned by The Rock and its business partners, the USFL is owned and funded by $150 million by Fox.

Despite the promotional hype, the tournaments are there Filling thin spring broadcast slots which is not inhabited MLBOr NBA or NHL or football games. That’s because the Spring Leagues are a lower-level product, with no concern for trying to be NFL An alternative and therefore should not be judged against the major leagues. Until any of the networks reveal their success metrics, anyone who knows what will keep them on the air guesses or condemns them to failure.

So far in its inaugural season, the USFL—named after the much-loved but nostalgic 1983-85 league—has seen mixed results with television viewers. Some games, especially on cable, drew less than 300,000 viewers. Others exceeded a million.

This past weekend was a typical example: Sunday afternoon’s Pittsburgh-New Orleans game averaged 281,000 on FS1 while Saturday’s peak game between Michigan and Birmingham averaged nearly 1.2 million on NBC. Saturday’s Tampa Bay-Philly game, also shown on NBC, averaged 785,000, while Sunday’s late game between Houston and New Jersey averaged 665,000 on Fox.

All USFL games are played this season at two stadiums in Birmingham, a cost-saving move with the stated intent to move teams to local markets in the future.

Car racing: The Indy 500 airs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on NBC from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon took the top spot for the fifth time thanks to his qualifying record-setting run last weekend averaging 234 mph. He won the iconic race from first place in 2008.

All viewing data is from Nielsen, Adobe Analytics, and other metrics across network television, Nielsen, Sports Media Watch, ShowBuzz Daily and tournaments. All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.

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