TV Ratings: ABC’s British Open Encore Telecasts Up Big (Also: Tour de France, MLS on NBC)


Overnight ratings increased substantially for encore presentations of the British Open on ABC. In other news, NBC had a small bump for Sunday’s Tour de France recap show, and NBC Sports Network has seen a massive increase in viewership for Major League Soccer.

  • British Open Encores Up Big on ABC: Tape delayed final round coverage of the 2012 British Open earned a 1.6 overnight rating on ABC Sunday afternoon, up a whopping 78% from comparable coverage on the network last year (0.9). The previous day, tape delayed coverage of the third round drew a 1.3 overnight, up 30% from last year (1.0). Third and final round coverage aired live on ESPN, earning overnights of 3.0 and 3.3, respectively. (ESPN)
  • NBC’s Tour de France Recap Up Slightly: NBC drew a 0.6 overnight rating for a Tour de France recap show Sunday afternoon, up a tick from recap coverage on CBS last year (0.5). (Sports Business Daily)
  • NBC’s MLS Coverage Up Big: Major League Soccer regular season telecasts have averaged 121,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network so far this season, Sports Business Daily reported Friday. The average marks a 78% increase over last year’s comparable coverage on Fox Soccer. (Sports Business Daily)