First, the results of last week’s predictions. This week’s predictions:
Source: Sports Business Daily
Yankees/Red Sox or Cubs/Dodgers
Last Saturday’s Yankees/Red Sox tilt on FOX drew a 2.3/6 final rating, up 53% from comparable coverage last year, but tied as the lowest rating for a Yankees/Red Sox game on FOX in the past three years.
ESPN drew a 3.0 U.S. rating for last Sunday night’s Yankees/Red Sox game, tied with two other Yankees/Red Sox games as the highest rated MLB telecasts of the season — on broadcast or cable.
The 3.3 U.S. rating for last Saturday’s Sharpie 500 was up 10% from last year’s race, marking only the third time in 2009 that a NASCAR race has had an increase in ratings.
For the fourth straight week, PGA Tour coverage saw a massive increase in ratings. The 1.6 rating for the final round of the Wyndham Championship marked a 78% rise in ratings over last year’s 0.9.
Track & Field
World Track & Field Championships
Coverage of the World Track & Field Championships was up 10% on Saturday and down 8% on Sunday.
8 PM Sunday
Ratings have been up substantially for NFL preseason games this year. With Jay Cutler‘s return to Denver as a the major storyline for Sunday’s Bears/Broncos tilt, expect NBC to draw the second-biggest rating of the preseason.
3:30 PM Sunday
Ratings are way up for the Little League World Series, as ABC’s first two games were up 67% from last year. Expect another big jump for Sunday’s championship game. Last year’s game drew a 2.1 rating, down from a 3.3 in ’07.
The Barclays, Final Round
2 PM Sunday
Tiger Woods‘ presence near the top of the leaderboard should vault ratings for The Barclays into the relative stratosphere. Last year’s final round drew a paltry 1.7, down from a 2.1 in ’07.
Pilot Pen Tennis, Wozniacki/Vesnina
1 PM Saturday
Last year’s horribly low 0.3/1 rating set the bar astoundingly low for the women’s final of the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament. With that in mind, expect an increase for this year’s final.
First, the results of last week’s predictions.
This week’s predictions: