Additional sports TV ratings news, including a six-year high for the WNBA regular season on ESPN2, another season-high for the Texas Rangers on Fox Sports Southwest, and a double-digit decline for NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.
- Six-Year High For WNBA Regular Season on ESPN2: ESPN2 averaged 270,000 viewers for coverage of the 2011 WNBA regular season, up 5% from last year (258K), and up slightly from 2009 (269K). According to ESPN, this marks the most-viewed WNBA regular season on ESPN2 since 2005. (espnmediazone3.com)
- Rangers Set Another Season-High: Tuesday’s Rays/Rangers Major League Baseball game drew a 7.0 rating on Fox Sports Southwest in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market, the network’s highest rated Rangers game of the season. The previous season-high was set earlier in August by a Rangers/Angels game (6.4). Overall, the 7.0 rating ranks as the fourth-highest ever for the Rangers on FS Southwest, behind only three games from last August. (foxsportssouthwest.com)
- Double-Digit Drop For NASCAR Nationwide Series: Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 from Bristol (TN) drew 1.439 million viewers on ESPN, down 30% from last year (2.053M), and down 26% from 2009 (1.956M, ESPN2). (ESPN)