The series premiere of “Fox Sports Live” finished well below the typical episode of “SportsCenter” Saturday night. In other news, overnight ratings hit a five-year low for the PGA Wyndham Championship, and Usain Bolt could not give NBC a boost over the weekend.
- Not surprisingly, the new “Fox Sports Live” show has a ways to go before it can compete with “SportsCenter” in the ratings. The 476,000 viewers for Saturday’s debut episode was far below the 835,000 that the 11 PM ET “SportsCenter” has averaged on Saturday nights this year. (SC avg. from ESPN)
- Final round coverage of the PGA Tour Wyndham Championship earned a 1.4 overnight rating on CBS Sunday, up 27% from rainout coverage last year (1.1), but down 18% from 2011 (1.7). Excluding rainouts, the 1.4 is the lowest for final round coverage since 2008 (0.9) — when the event aired opposite the Olympics. (Sun. numbers from Sports Business Daily)
- Coverage of the World Track & Field Championships — featuring Usain Bolt‘s win in the 200m final — earned a 0.7 overnight rating on NBC early Saturday afternoon, the network’s second-lowest overnight for this year’s event. NBC did not televise a comparable window in 2011. Additional coverage later in the day drew a 1.0 overnight, even with 2011. On Sunday, final day coverage of the event drew a 1.3 overnight, also even with 2011. (Weekend overnights from Sports Business Daily)