TV Ratings: Despite 5OTs, LOU/ND Down From Last Year (Also: NBA on ESPN, N.J. Devils)

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The five-overtime classic between Louisville and Notre Dame still fell short of last year’s numbers. In other news, ESPN had yet more declines for NBA coverage over the weekend, and the Devils hit a three-year high on MSG Network..

Fewer Viewers For 5OT Clash

  • Saturday’s Louisville/Notre Dame men’s college basketball game, won by Notre Dame in the fifth overtime, earned a 1.3 U.S. rating and 2.0 million viewers on ESPN — down 19% in ratings and 31% in viewership from Kentucky/Vanderbilt last year (1.6, 2.9M). (ESPN)

Double-Digit Declines For NBA on ESPN

  • Friday’s Clippers/Heat NBA regular season game drew 1.9 million viewers on ESPN, down 36% from Lakers/Knicks last year (3.0M), and down 19% from Mavericks/Celtics in 2011 (2.4M). Later in the night, Bulls/Jazz drew 1.5 million, down 39% from Thunder/Jazz last year (2.1M), and down 20% from Jazz/Nuggets in 2011 (1.8M). Rounding out the declines, Sunday’s Spurs/Nets game earned 1.3 million — down 39% from Heat/Hawks in an earlier slot last year (2.2M). (The Futon Critic [1], [2])

Devils Hit Three-Year Ratings High

  • Saturday’s Devils/Penguins NHL game drew a 1.25 rating on MSG Network in the New York market, the network’s top rated Devils regular season telecast in nearly three years — since Devils/Rangers in March 2010 (1.35). Devils games have averaged a 0.56 rating on MSG so far this season (ten telecasts). (MSG Network)
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