TV Ratings: Viewers Tune Out Part Two of Lance Interview (Also: NHL on NBC, NBA on ESPN)


The conclusion of Lance Armstrong‘s interview with Oprah Winfrey finished well below part one. In other news, NBC had another good performance for the NHL on Sunday, and ESPN had small declines for NBA coverage on Friday.

  • Viewers Tune Out Part II of Lance Interview: The second part of Oprah Winfrey‘s interview with Lance Armstrong earned 1.8 million viewers on OWN Friday night, down 44% from part one of the interview the previous night (3.2M). An encore telecast drew 620,000 viewers later in the night, down 45% from the part one encore on Thursday (1.1M). (OWN press release via The Futon Critic)
  • Another Solid Outing For NHL on NBC: Sunday’s Flyers/Sabres NHL regular season game drew a 1.4 overnight rating on NBC, up 45% from Capitals/Penguins last year (1.1), and up a tick from Penguins/Flyers in 2011 (1.3). Excluding the Winter Classic, the 1.4 is the third-highest for a regular season NHL game on NBC since the network resumed airing games in the 2005-06 season. Only Saturday’s season opener (2.0) and NBC’s inaugural telecast in 2006 (1.5) drew higher overnights. (Sunday’s overnight from Sports Business Daily)
  • Slight Declines For NBA Friday on ESPN: Friday’s Thunder/Mavericks NBA regular season game drew 2.2 million viewers on ESPN, down 1%* from Timberwolves/Clippers last year (2.2M), but up 98% from Trail Blazers/Suns in 2011 (1.1M). Earlier in the night, Bulls/Celtics drew 2.0 million, down 2%* from Lakers/Magic last year (2.0M), but up 45% from Mavericks/Spurs in 2011 (1.3M). (Friday’s numbers from TV By the Numbers)

* OKC/DAL: 2.18 million compared to 2.20 million last year; CHI/BOS: 1.96 million compared to 2.00 million last year.