Halftime: The 50 Most-Viewed Sporting Events of 2013 (So Far)

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With the MLB All-Star Game marking the unofficial halfway point on the sports calendar, here is a look at the 50 most-viewed sporting events of the year so far. Click here to jump straight to the chart.

As should be expected, the National Football League dominated the top spots on the list. Despite a rare decline in viewership, the Super Bowl topped the charts with 108.7 million viewers on CBS. The 30-minute Super Bowl power outage also scored well over 100 million viewers.

Outside of the Super Bowl, the year’s top sporting event was the Ravens/Patriots AFC Championship Game on CBS (47.7M), followed by the 49ers/Falcons NFC title game on FOX (42.0M). Including the Super Bowl power outage, NFL telecasts took up the top 12 spots on the list.

The top non-NFL sporting event of the year, as usual, was the BCS National Championship Game (26.4M). However, Alabama’s blowout win over Notre Dame was only slightly ahead of the next-best program — Game 7 of the Heat/Spurs NBA Finals (26.3M).

The Louisville/Michigan NCAA Tournament title game ranked #14 for the year so far (and third when the NFL is excluded), with 23.4 million viewers. A little further down the list were the Danica Patrick-fueled Daytona 500 (#18, 16.7M), the race portion of the Kentucky Derby (#21, 16.2M), and the final round of The Masters (#23, 14.7M). Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game ranked 34th (11.0M).

This year’s list also includes several events outside of the top 50, including the first round of the NFL Draft (7.7M), the USA/Mexico World Cup qualifier (7.0M), and the Indianapolis 500 (5.7M).

50 Most-Viewed Sporting Events of 2013

Through July 16
# Date League Event Net
Rating
Viewers
1 Sun., 2/3/13 NFL: Super Bowl Ravens/Niners CBS
46.4
108.69M
Sun., 2/3/13 NFL: Super Bowl Power outage CBS
44.4
106.56M
2 Sun., 1/20/13 NFL: AFC Champ. Ravens/Patriots CBS
25.5
47.71M
3 Sun., 1/20/13 NFL: NFC Champ. Niners/Falcons FOX
24.2
42.00M
4 Sun., 1/6/13 NFL: NFC Wild Card Seahawks/Washington FOX
21.5
38.09M
5 Sun., 1/13/13 NFL: AFC Divisional Texans/Patriots CBS
21.7
37.66M
6 Sat., 1/12/13 NFL: AFC Divisional Ravens/Broncos CBS
20.1
35.28M
7 Sun., 1/13/13 NFL: NFC Divisional Seahawks/Falcons FOX
19.3
32.10M
8 Sat., 1/12/13 NFL: NFC Divisional Packers/Niners FOX
16.9
30.89M
9 Sat., 1/5/13 NFL: NFC Wild Card Vikings/Packers NBC
17.3
30.28M
10 Sun., 1/6/13 NFL: AFC Wild Card Colts/Ravens CBS
18.1
29.60M
11 Mon., 1/7/13 NCAAF: BCS Champ. Alabama/Notre Dame ESPN
15.1
26.38M
12 Thu., 6/20/13 NBA: NBA Finals Spurs/Heat Game 7 ABC
15.3
26.32M
13 Sat., 1/5/13 NFL: AFC Wild Card Bengals/Texans NBC
14.4
23.60M
14 Mon., 4/8/13 NCAAMB: Final Four Louisville/Michigan CBS
14.0
23.43M
15 Tue., 6/18/13 NBA: NBA Finals Spurs/Heat Game 6 ABC
12.3
20.64M
16 Sat., 4/6/13 NCAAMB: Final Four Michigan/Syracuse CBS
10.2
17.10M
17 Tue., 1/1/13 NCAAF: Rose Bowl Stanford/Wisconsin ESPN
9.4
17.02M
18 Sun., 2/24/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Daytona 500 FOX
9.9
16.65M
19 Sun., 6/16/13 NBA: NBA Finals Heat/Spurs Game 5 ABC
9.5
16.27M
20 Thu., 6/13/13 NBA: NBA Finals Heat/Spurs Game 4 ABC
10.0
16.23M
21 Sat., 5/4/13 Horse: Triple Crown Kentucky Derby NBC
9.7
16.20M
22 Sun., 3/31/13 NCAAMB: Elite Eight Louisville/Duke CBS
8.8
15.65M
23 Sun., 4/14/13 Golf: The Masters Final Round CBS
9.4
14.70M
24 Sun., 6/9/13 NBA: NBA Finals Spurs/Heat Game 2 ABC
8.5
14.57M
25 Sat., 4/6/13 NCAAMB: Final Four Louisville/Wichita State CBS
8.7
14.47M
26 Thu., 6/6/13 NBA: NBA Finals Spurs/Heat Game 1 ABC
8.8
14.24M
27 Tue., 6/11/13 NBA: NBA Finals Heat/Spurs Game 3 ABC
8.5
14.05M
28 Thu., 1/3/13 NCAAF: Fiesta Bowl Oregon/Kansas State ESPN
7.4
12.31M
29 Sun., 1/27/13 NFL: Pro Bowl AFC/NFC NBC
7.1
12.16M
30 Fri., 1/4/13 NCAAF: Cotton Bowl Texas A&M/Oklahoma FOX
7.2
11.94M
31 Mon., 6/3/13 NBA: East Finals Pacers/Heat Game 7 TNT
7.1
11.57M
32 Sat., 3/30/13 NCAAF: Elite Eight Wichita St./Ohio St. CBS
6.8
11.29M
33 Sun., 3/24/13 NCAAF: Third Round Kansas/North Carolina CBS
7.0
11.24M
34 Tue., 7/16/13 MLB: All-Star All-Star Game FOX
6.9
10.96M
35 Tue., 1/1/13 NCAAF: Cap. One Bowl Georgia/Nebraska ABC
6.6
10.95M
36 Tue., 1/1/13 NCAAF: Orange Bowl FSU/Northern Illinois ESPN
6.1
10.56M
37 Sun., 3/24/13 NCAABB: Third Round Indiana/Temple CBS
6.8
10.55M
38 Wed., 1/2/13 NCAAF: Sugar Bowl Louisville/Florida ESPN
6.2
10.13M
39 Sat., 5/18/13 Horse: Triple Crown The Preakness Stakes NBC
5.9
9.70M
40 Sun., 3/31/13 NCAABB: Elite Eight Florida/Michigan CBS
5.7
9.36M
41 Sun., 3/3/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 (Phoenix) FOX
5.6
9.12M
42 Thu., 5/30/13 NBA: East Finals Pacers/Heat Game 5 TNT
5.4
8.54M
43 Sat., 4/13/13 Golf: The Masters Third Round CBS
5.8
8.50M
44 Sun., 6/16/13 Golf: U.S. Open Final Round NBC
5.4
8.39M
45 Wed., 5/22/13 NBA: East Finals Pacers/Heat Game 1 TNT
5.4
8.25M
46 Sat., 6/1/13 NBA: East Finals Heat/Pacers Game 6 TNT
4.9
8.24M
47 Mon., 6/24/13 NHL: Stanley Cup Final Blackhawks/Bruins Game 6 NBC
4.7
8.16M
48 Tue., 5/28/13 NBA: East Finals Heat/Pacers Game 4 TNT
5.1
8.12M
49 Sun., 2/17/13 NBA: All-Star Wknd All-Star Game TNT
4.6
8.02M
50 Sun., 3/24/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Auto Club 500 FOX
4.5
8.00M

Select Events Outside the Top 50

* For events on two networks, combined viewership is listed (ratings are for each individual channel).
Date League Event Net
Rating
Viewers
Thu., 3/28/13 NCAABB: Sweet 16 Syracuse/Indiana CBS
5.1
7.99M
Thu., 4/25/13 NFL: NFL Draft First Round ESPN
NFLN
4.1
0.9
7.72M
Sun., 3/24/13 NCAABB: Third Round Ohio St./Iowa St. CBS
5.0
7.67M
Sun., 5/12/13 Golf: The Players Final Round NBC
5.0
7.60M
Tue., 1/1/13 NCAAF: Outback Bowl South Carolina/Michigan ESPN
4.3
7.58M
Sun., 3/10/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 (Vegas) FOX
4.4
7.50M
Sun., 3/17/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Food City 500 (Bristol) FOX
4.3
7.50M
Sat., 3/23/13 NCAABB: Third Round Memphis/Michigan St. CBS
4.9
7.33M
Sun., 5/5/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499 (Talladega) FOX
4.6
7.30M
Sun., 5/26/13 NBA: East Finals Heat/Pacers Game 3 TNT
4.5
7.28M
Sat., 3/30/13 NCAABB: Elite Eight Marquette/Syracuse CBS
4.6
7.21M
Sun., 5/26/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) FOX
4.3
7.13M
Fri., 3/29/13 NCAABB: Sweet 16 Michigan St./Duke CBS
4.6
7.11M
Sat., 6/8/13 Horse: Triple Crown The Belmont Stakes NBC
4.5
7.00M
Fri., 5/24/13 NBA: East Finals Pacers/Heat Game 2 TNT
4.4
6.98M
Tue., 3/26/13 Soccer: World Cup Qualifier United States/Mexico ESPN
UM?S
1.4
2.0
6.96M
Fri., 3/29/13 NCAABB: Sweet 16 Florida/Fla. Gulf-Coast
* Top tourney game on cable
TBS
4.1
6.74M
Mon., 7/15/13 MLB: All-Star Home Run Derby ESPN
4.1
6.65M
Sun., 2/10/13 NBA: Regular Season Lakers/Heat ABC
4.1
6.47M
Wed., 6/19/13 NHL: Stanley Cup Final Blackhawks/Bruins Game 4 NBC
3.8
6.46M
Fri., 3/29/13 NCAABB: Sweet 16 Kansas/Michigan TBS
3.9
6.46M
Wed., 6/12/13 NHL: Stanley Cup Final Bruins/Blackhawks Game 1 NBC
3.9
6.36M
Sun., 1/27/13 NBA: Regular Season Thunder/Lakers ABC
3.9
6.33M
Sun., 4/28/13 NBA Playoffs: Rd. 1 Heat/Bucks Game 4 ABC
3.8
6.00M
Sun., 5/5/13 NBA Playoffs: Semis Pacers/Knicks Game 1
* Top non-Heat playoff game
ABC
3.9
5.98M
Sun., 6/30/13 Soccer: Confederations Cup Brazil/Spain ESPN
UNI
1.2
N/A
5.95M
Sat., 5/11/13 NASCAR: Sprint Cup Southern 500 (Darlington)
* NASCAR on FOX season-low
FOX
3.8
5.93M
Sat., 2/16/13 NBA: All-Star Wknd All-Star Saturday Night TNT
3.3
5.90M
Sun., 5/26/13 IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 ABC
3.7
5.70M
Sat., 6/22/13 NHL: Stanley Cup Final Bruins/Blackhawks Game 5 NBC
3.2
5.63M
Sun., 4/21/13 NBA: First Round Lakers/Spurs Game 1
* Top Western playoff game
ABC
3.6
5.51M
Sun., 3/10/13 Golf: Cadillac Champ. Final Round NBC
3.7
5.50M
Sat., 6/15/13 Golf: U.S. Open Third Round NBC
3.7
5.36M
Mon., 5/27/13 NBA: West Finals Spurs/Grizzlies Game 4
* Top game of series
ESPN
3.2
5.21M
Mon., 6/17/13 NHL: Stanley Cup Final Blackhawks/Bruins Game 3
* Record for NHL on NBCSN
NBCSN
2.3
4.00M
Sat., 2/2/13 NFL: NFL Honors NFL awards show CBS
2.6
4.00M
Sat., 6/15/13 NHL: Stanley Cup Final Bruins/Blackhawks Game 2 NBCSN
2.0
3.96M
Sat., 6/8/13 NHL: West Finals Kings/Blackhawks Game 5 NBC
2.2
3.81M
Fri., 4/26/13 NFL: NFL Draft Second and Third Rd. ESPN/2
NFLN
1.9
0.7
3.70M
Sat., 6/29/13 MLB: Regular Season Yankees/Orioles (59%)
* Reg. season high
FOX
2.2
3.53M
Sat., 2/23/13 NASCAR: Nationwide Drive4COPD 300 (Daytona) ESPN
2.2
3.36M
Wed., 5/29/13 NHL: Second Round Red Wings/Blackhawks Game 7 NBCSN
2.1
3.35M
Tue., 4/9/13 NCAAWB: Final Four Connecticut/Louisville ESPN
2.0
3.21M
Sun., 7/7/13 Tennis: Wimbledon Murray/Djokovic final ESPN
2.1
3.05M
Thu., 6/27/13 NBA: NBA Draft First and Second Rd. ESPN
2.0
3.00M
Sat., 1/19/13 NHL: Regular Season Regional action
* Reg. season high
NBC
1.6
2.77M
Sat., 6/8/13 Tennis: French Open Serena W./Sharapova final NBC
1.9
2.71M
Sun., 6/9/13 Tennis: French Open Nadal/Djokovic final NBC
1.7
2.46M
Sat., 4/27/13 NFL: NFL Draft Final rounds ESPN/2
NFLN
1.1
0.4
2.22M
Sat., 7/6/13 Tennis: Wimbledon Bartoli/Lisicki final ESPN
1.3
1.88M

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