Weekly Sports TV Ratings (February 18-February 24)

Posted by | February 29, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Ratings for select nationally televised sporting events from Saturday, February 18 through Friday, February 24.

Among the notable items:

  • Nine-Year High For Northern Trust Open: The PGA Tour had another solid weekend, as final round coverage of the Northern Trust Open was the highest rated and most-viewed for the event since 2003. The last three PGA Tour events have had double-digit increases in ratings and viewership compared to last year.
  • Good Week For the NBA: The February 19 Mavericks/Knicks and Magic/Heat games rank among the ten highest rated non-Christmas regular season games on ABC. Meanwhile, Knicks/Heat later in the week drew the fifth-largest NBA regular season cable audience since at least 1995-96, and the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge set a viewership record.
  • Mixed Numbers For ‘Hockey Day in America’: NBC earned a 1.3 final rating and 1.939 million viewers for regional NHL action on February 19, tied as the highest rated NHL telecast on any network (excluding the Winter Classic) since 2004. Meanwhile, Bruins/Wild drew a 0.9 and 1.378 million, down 18% in ratings and 28% in viewership from last year (PIT/CHI: 1.1, 1.9M).
  • Cartoon Network Has ‘Game’: The ‘Hall of Game Awards’ on Cartoon Network earned 2.585 million viewers on President’s Day, easily topping an NBA doubleheader on TNT and a college basketball doubleheader on ESPN.
  • Just 52,000 Viewers For Lacrosse on NBCSN: The February 19 Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic — a college lacrosse doubleheader featuring Denver/Ohio State and Jacksonville/Navy — drew a mere 0.0 U.S. rating and 52,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network.
  • … and the rest: Other notable events include college basketball on CBS and ESPN, the PBA Tour on ESPN, and even ‘The Sports Reporters’.

Weekly ratings for February 11-17 available here.

Sports TV Ratings (February 18-February 24)

Time Sport Event Net Rating Viewers (000)
Saturday, February 18
8 PM NASCAR Budweiser Shootout FOX
4.2
7,467
3 PM Golf Northern Trust Open, Third Rd. CBS
2.1
2,870
8:59 PM NCAAMB Ohio State/Michigan ESPN
1.3
2,006
4:03 PM NCAAMB Clemson/North Carolina ESPN
1.0
1,370
5 PM Other Red Bull Signature Series: Crashed Ice (Valkenberg) NBC
0.8
1,188
6:03 PM NCAAMB St. Mary’s/Murray State ESPN
0.8
1,066
1 PM NCAAMB Regional action CBS
0.7
978
2:03 PM NCAAMB Missouri/Texas A&M ESPN
0.7
899
3:30 PM Extreme USSA Snowboarding Grand Prix NBC
0.6
855
12 PM NCAAMB Marquette/Connecticut ESPN
0.7
845
12:58 PM Golf Northern Trust Open, Third Rd. GOLF
0.5
711
6:16 PM NCAAMB Florida/Arkansas ESPN2
0.3
390
8:15 PM Racing NHRA Qualifying ESPN2
0.3
373
12 PM NCAAMB Wichita/Davidson ESPN2
0.2
357
10:05 PM NCAAMB Long Beach St./Creighton ESPN2
0.2
216
2:04 PM NCAAMB Akron/Oral Roberts ESPN2
0.1
186
10 PM NBA Hawks/Trail Blazers NBATV
0.1
178
4:04 PM NCAAMB Nevada/Iona ESPN2
0.1
136
Sunday, February 19
3:07 PM Golf Northern Trust Open, Final Rd. CBS
4.2
6,234
1 PM NBA Mavericks/Knicks ABC
3.8
5,916
3:30 PM NBA Magic/Heat ABC
3.4
5,496
1 PM NASCAR Daytona 500 Qualifying FOX
2.0
3,213
12:30 PM NHL Regional action NBC
1.3
1,939
8 PM NBA Nuggets/Thunder ESPN
1.2
1,892
1 PM NCAAMB Michigan State/Purdue CBS
1.1
1,635
3 PM NHL Bruins/Wild NBC
0.9
1,378
12:58 PM Golf Northern Trust Open, Final Rd. GOLF
0.8
1,125
1 PM NCAAMB Syracuse/Rutgers ESPN
0.7
930
3:04 PM PBA Scorpion Open ESPN
0.5
649
9:30 AM Other The Sports Reporters ESPN
0.5
640
7:22 PM NCAAMB USF/Pittsburgh ESPN2
0.3
388
6 PM NHL Devils/Canadiens NBCSN
0.2
203
5:03 PM NCAAWB Purdue/Michigan State ESPN2
0.1
179
3 PM NCAAWB Duke/Maryland ESPN2
0.1
172
2 PM Lacrosse Denver/Ohio State and Jacksonville/Navy NBCSN
0.0
52
Monday, February 20
7 PM Other ‘Hall of Game Awards’ TOON
1.3
2,585
8:16 PM NBA Celtics/Mavericks TNT
1.0
1,525
10:44 PM NBA Trail Blazers/Lakers TNT
1.0
1,457
7 PM NCAAMB Connecticut/Villanova ESPN
0.7
1,019
9:24 PM NCAAMB Baylor/Texas ESPN
0.7
847
Tuesday, February 21
9:08 PM NCAAMB Kentucky/Miss. State ESPN
1.4
2,118
7 PM NCAAMB Kansas State/Missouri ESPN2
0.6
952
7 PM NCAAMB Illinois/Ohio State ESPN
0.6
940
7:30 PM NBA Fan Night: Kings/Heat NBATV
0.4
516
Wednesday, February 22
9:43 PM NBA Lakers/Mavericks ESPN
1.8
2,569
7 PM NBA Celtics/Thunder ESPN
1.1
1,547
Thursday, February 23
7 PM NBA Knicks/Heat TNT
3.2
5,092
9:30 PM NBA Lakers/Thunder TNT
2.3
3,665
Friday, February 24
9 PM NBA Rising Stars Challenge TNT
1.7
2,729

(Numbers from Media Life Magazine; The Voice of TV [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]; Fan Night numbers from Turner Sports via The Futon Critic; Thursday numbers from Bloomberg, Media Life Magazine; Friday numbers from Turner Sports)