Sports Ratings Report for Week of May 27-June 2

Sports Ratings Highlights for Week of May 27-June 2: Red Sox/Yankees Edition

Numbers for Fox’s Red Sox-Yankees game estimated based on Sports Media Watch’s description, even though I now have evidence Paulsen’s definition of “just under” is broader than what I’ve been indicating. See the Top 20 table below.

Numbers compiled from a variety of sources, including TV by the Numbers, The Futon Critic, Sports Media Watch, and Son of the Bronx.

Vwr (mil)

HH

18-49

Net

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Pacers @ Heat, Game 5

8.54

5.4

3.7

TNT

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Heat @ Pacers, Game 6

8.236

3.3

TNT

NBA Eastern Conference Finals:
Heat @ Pacers, Game 4

8.122

3.5

TNT

NASCAR: FedEx 400

5.973

3.8

FOX

NBA Western Conference Finals:
Spurs @ Grizzlies, Game 4

5.21

3.2

2.1

ESPN

Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Finals:
Bruins @ Penguins, Game 1

3.376

2.0

NBC

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Semifinals:
Red Wings @ Blackhawks, Game 7

3.354

2.1

1.4

NBCSN

Baseball Night in America
(main game: Red Sox @ Yankees)

3.29

2.2

FOX

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Semifinals:
Blackhawks @ Red Wings, Game 6

2.723

1.6

1.1

NBCSN

Sunday Night Baseball:
Red Sox @ Yankees

2.335

1.6

0.7

ESPN

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Kings @ Blackhawks, Game 2

2.019

1.2

0.7

NBCSN

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Finals:
Kings @ Blackhawks, Game 1

1.624

1.0

NBCSN

Stanley Cup Playoffs, West Semifinals:
Sharks @ Kings, Game 7

1.372

0.8

0.6

NBCSN

Women’s College World Series
(most-watched weekend game)

1.242

0.8

0.3

ESPN

Scripps National Spelling Bee

0.797

0.5

ESPN

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship

0.734

0.4

ESPN+
ESPNU

WNBA: Sky @ Mercury

0.455

0.3

ESPN2

Top 20 Most-Viewed Sports Events for Week of April 29-May 5: Kentucky Derby Edition

These numbers are delayed a month to wait for SportsBusiness Daily’s ratings roundup to come out of the paywall. Other numbers from the same sources as before. Numbers in gray interpolated based on the rest of the chart.

Vwr (mil)

HH

18-49

Time

Net

1

Kentucky Derby

16.2

9.7

5/4 6:05 PM

NBC

2

NASCAR: Aaron’s 499

7.345

4.6

5/5 1:15 PM

FOX

3

NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Pacers @ Knicks, Game 1

5.976

3.9

5/5 3:30 PM

ABC

4

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Rockets @ Thunder, Game 5

4.498

3.0

2.1

5/1 9:45 PM

TNT

5

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Bulls @ Nets, Game 7

4.436

2.7

1.8

5/4 8:08 PM

TNT

6

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Nuggets @ Warriors, Game 6

4.361

2.8

2.0

5/2 10:51 PM

TNT

7

NBA Western Conference Semifinals:
Grizzlies @ Thunder, Game 1

4.3

3.0

5/5 1:00 PM

ABC

8

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Nets @ Bulls, Game 6

4.12

2.8

1.7

5/2 8:10 PM

TNT

9

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Thunder @ Rockets, Game 6

4.035

2.6

1.8

5/3 9:56 PM

ESPN

10

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Thunder @ Rockets, Game 4

3.802

2.6

1.8

4/29 9:45 PM

TNT

11

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Knicks @ Celtics, Game 6

3.549

2.3

1.5

5/3 7:00 PM

ESPN

12

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Celtics @ Knicks, Game 5

3.462

2.3

1.5

5/1 7:10 PM

TNT

13

Wells Fargo Championship:
Final Round (tape delay coverage)

3.3

2.1

5/5 3:00 PM

CBS

14

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Grizzlies @ Clippers, Game 5

3.149

2.2

1.4

4/30 10:47 PM

TNT

15

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Warriors @ Nuggets, Game 5

2.964

2.0

1.2

4/30 8:09 PM

TNT

16

NBA Playoffs, First Round:
Bulls @ Nets, Game 5

2.63

1.1

4/29 7:09 PM

TNT

17

Wells Fargo Championship:
Third Round

2.5

1.6

5/4 3:00 PM

CBS

18

Sunday Night Baseball:
Dodgers @ Giants

2.3

1.5

0.6

5/5 8:00 PM

ESPN

19

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Aaron’s 312

2.285

1.4

5/4 6:20 PM

ESPN

20

MLB: Regional coverage
(main game: Orioles @ Angels)

1.9

1.2

5/4 4:00 PM

FOX

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