Viewership increased for coverage of last week’s UEFA Championship league semifinals. Elsewhere, the NHL’s Nashville Predators set ratings records locally during the first round of the playoffs, and the PGA Valero Texas Open had an increase in overnights for final round action.
- Viewership Rises For UEFA Semifinals: Last Wednesday’s Chelsea/Barcelona UEFA Champions League semifinal first-leg drew 592,000 viewers on FX and 566,000 on Fox Deportes, equaling a combined audience of 1.158 million — up 3% from the comparable match a year earlier. The previous day, Bayern Munich/Real Madrid drew a combined 755,000 viewers on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes, up 37% from last year. (Fox Sports press release via Fang’s Bites)
- Record Ratings For NHL’s Predators: The Predators’ series-clinching Game 5 victory over the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup playoffs drew a 5.2 rating on SportSouth in Nashville, the highest rating ever for a local Predators telecast in the market. The previous record was a 5.0 for Game 4 of the same series. (predators.nhl.com via Puck the Media)
- Double-Digit Bump For Final Round of Valero Texas Open: Final round coverage of the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open drew a 1.6 overnight rating on CBS Sunday, up 23% from last year (1.3), and up 7% from 2010 (1.5), when the event took place in May. Third round action on Saturday drew a 1.1 overnight, even with last year and up 10% from 2010. (Sports Business Daily)