Coverage of the Ryder Cup set a cable television record on Friday. In other news, Saturday’s Baylor/West Virginia thriller was outdrawn by Penn State/Illinois, and WNBA regular season ratings held steady on the ESPN family of networks.
- Ryder Cup Sets Cable Record: Friday’s coverage of the Ryder Cup drew a 1.5 U.S. rating and 1.679 million viewers on ESPN, ranking as the most-viewed Ryder Cup cablecast on record. Ratings and viewership for the 2010 event were not available. (Friday’s numbers from ESPN)
- Baylor/WVU Trails Ugly PSU/Illinois Game: Saturday’s high-scoring Baylor/West Virginia college football game drew a 0.9 overnight rating on FX — trailing an ugly Penn State/Illinois game airing on ESPN at the same time (1.1). The game did outdraw Minnesota/Iowa on ESPN2 (0.5). (Weekend overnights from Houston Chronicle)
- WNBA Coverage on Par With Previous Years: WNBA games averaged a 0.20 U.S. rating on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC during the 2012 regular season, which according to the network is on par with the last two seasons. This was the first time since 2005 that regular season games aired on all three networks. (Season average from ESPN)