TV Ratings: Pirates Earn Record Rating on Root Sports (Also: NFL Preseason, PGA Championship)


The Pittsburgh Pirates attracted record numbers on Root Sports earlier this week. In other news, the first NFL telecast of the season on ESPN suffered an Olympic-fueled decline, while overnights for the PGA Championship dropped slightly from the last Olympic year.

  • Pirates Set Record on Root Sports: Wednesday’s Diamondbacks/Pirates Major League Baseball regular season game drew an 11.46 rating on Root Sports in the Pittsburgh market, the highest rating ever for a Pirates game on the network. Fifteen of the twenty highest rated Pirates telecasts on Root Sports (previously FSN Pittsburgh) have taken place this season alone. (
  • Double-Digit Drop For ESPN’s NFL Preseason Opener: The Packers/Chargers ‘Monday Night Football’ game earned 3.386 million viewers on ESPN Thursday night, down 23% from Seahawks/Chargers last year (4.390M), and down 9% from Panthers/Ravens in 2010 (3.729M). The double-digit decline can at least be partially attributed to competition from the Olympics. (Thursday’s numbers from TV By the Numbers)
  • PGA Championship Down Slightly From Last Olympic Year: Thursday’s first round coverage of the 2012 PGA Championship, the final major of the golf season, earned a 0.6 overnight rating on TNT — down a tick from a 0.7 overnight for first round coverage in 2008, the last time the event competed with the Olympics. Last year’s overnight was not immediately available. (Turner Sports)