Ratings: ‘The Dotted Line’, Minnesota Lynx, PGA Fall Series


Recent sports TV ratings notes, including the newest ESPN Films documentary, local ratings for the WNBA Finals in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and record viewership for the PGA Tour Fall Series.

  • Latest ESPN Documentary Up From Previous Week: The premiere of the ESPN Films documentary ‘The Dotted Line’ drew a 0.6 U.S. rating and 810,000 viewers on ESPN Tuesday night, up 50% in ratings and 59% in viewership from ‘Renee’ the previous week (0.4, 508K), but down 40% and 41%, respectively, from the two-hour ‘Catching Hell’ on September 28 (1.0, 1.379M). (The Voice of TV)
  • Lynx Clincher Earns 5.1 Local Rating: The Lynx’ championship-clinching Game 3 win over the Dream in the WNBA Finals earned a 5.1 rating in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, the highest of the series. Game 2 of the series drew a 4.3 locally, while Game 1 scored a 3.4. For comparison purposes, Timberwolves regular season games averaged a 1.25 rating on Fox Sports North this year. (startribune.com)
  • PGA Tour Fall Series Sets Viewership Record: The PGA Tour Fall Series Frys.com Open, which featured Tiger Woods for the first time, averaged 727,000 viewers on The Golf Channel last week — up 165% from last year (274K), up 118% from 2009 (333K), and a record for the Fall Series. In particular, third round coverage last Saturday earned 627,000 viewers, and Sunday’s final round scored 771,000. (TV By the Numbers, The Voice of TV [1], [2])

(Timberwolves’ season average from Sports Business Daily)