The Ratings Game: Fab Five Sets ESPN Documentary Record


Recent sports TV ratings news, including The Fab Five ESPN documentary, the NCAA Tournament on CBS/Turner, and the NBA on NBA TV.

  • ESPN earned a 1.8 U.S. rating and 2.746 million viewers for the documentary The Fab Five last Sunday, up 39% and 34%, respectively, from Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks on the comparable date last year (1.3, 2.051M). The Fab Five ranks as the most-viewed documentary ever on ESPN, topping the previous record set by Pony Excess (2.517M). (ESPN)
  • Through the first Friday of the NCAA Tournament, CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV combined to average 2.226 million viewers in the adults 18-34 demographic, up a whopping 57% from last year. Viewership also increased by double-digits among adults 18-49 (up 14%) and 25-54 (up 10%). (Turner Sports)
  • The Lakers’ March 12 win over the Mavericks, a battle of the second and third best teams in the West, earned a 0.32 U.S. rating and 478,000 viewers on NBA TV. (Turner Sports)