The Ratings Game: In Second Outing, Onion SportsDome Earns Fewer Viewers

Posted by | January 23, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Recent sports TV ratings news, including increases for college basketball on CBS, mixed numbers for the NBA on TNT, and declines for episode two of Onion SportsDome on Comedy Central.

  • CBS drew a 1.0 final rating and 1.436 million viewers for Maryland/Villanova last Saturday afternoon, up 67% in ratings and 94% in viewership from last year (ILL/MSU: 0.6, 742K). Last year’s game faced NFL competition on FOX; this year’s game did not. On Sunday, Purdue/West Virginia drew a 0.6 and 976,000 viewers, flat in ratings and up 24% in viewership from last year (CONN/MICH: 0.6, 790K). Both this year and last year’s games faced NFL competition. (
  • Thursday’s Mavericks/Bulls NBA game on TNT earned a 1.2 U.S. rating and 1.900 million viewers, down 52% in ratings and viewership from last year (LAL/CLE: 2.5, 3.946 mil). Last year’s game pitted the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant against then-Cavalier LeBron James. In the nightcap, Clippers/Trail Blazers drew a 1.1 and 1.633 million, up 10% and 8%, respectively, from last year (LAC/DEN: 1.0, 1.508 mil). (TV By the Numbers)
  • The second edition of Onion SportsDome earned a 0.8 U.S. rating and 1.182 million viewers on Comedy Central Tuesday night, down a tick in ratings and 22% in viewership from the series premiere one week earlier (0.9, 1.520 mil). Tuesday’s episode had declines in both the adults 18-49 demographic (0.7, down 22%) and the key men 18-34 demo (1.3, down 32%). (