The Top 20 Most-Watched Shows of Fox Sports 1’s First Year

My hope for this post was to encompass everything from the first year of Fox Sports 1 to get a good sense of a “typical” year in the life of FS1, even if it didn’t have the MLB playoffs, the World Cup, or US Open, before the same event from multiple years layered on top of each other, and I hoped to go as deep as I did for my ESPNU post. But this was the year of the Son of the Bronx shutdown and subsequent move to Awful Announcing – which might not be so bad, except the “gap” between the two coincided with NASCAR’s All-Star Race weekend, and NASCAR skews so old that a Camping World Truck Series race that weekend that had over a million viewers didn’t show up on the TVbytheNumbers list, so I can’t be completely sure I even have every program with over a million viewers. (In any case, we already know the Speed audience remains a disproportionate portion of the FS1 audience; the top five shows are all NASCAR programming, and the next two are Fox Sports Live editions following NASCAR programming, which I now suspect got such great retention using the same trick FSL used during the baseball playoffs of cutting to FSL as soon as possible after the race ends.) I might maintain a regularly-updated page of FS1’s ratings like I was going to do for ESPNU, or I might not; I do know I’ll repost this list, somewhere, once I get caught up and can include e.g. the MLB playoffs. Underlined events spent time as the most-watched show in FS1 history.

   

Vwr (mil)

HH

18-49

Time

1

NASCAR: Sprint Unlimited

3.526

2.0

0.9

2/15 8:00 PM

2

NASCAR All-Star Race

3.482

2.2

0.8

5/17 8:40 PM

3

NASCAR: Food City 500
(post-rain delay portion)

3.227

2.0

0.9

3/16 7:00 PM

4

NASCAR: Budweiser Duels

3.122

1.9

0.8

2/20 7:00 PM

5

NASCAR Winner’s Circle

2.863

1.6

0.9

3/16 9:30 PM

6

Fox Sports Live

2.584

 

0.6

5/17 11:21 PM

7

Fox Sports Live

2.272

1.4

0.6

2/20 10:00 PM

8

CFB: Oregon @ Oregon State

2.179

1.3

0.6

11/29 7:00 PM

9

CFB: Oklahoma @ Baylor

2.11

1.3

0.7

11/7 7:30 PM

10

NASCAR All-Star Race Qualifying

2.014

  

0.5

5/17 7:02 PM

11

UFC Fight Night: Shogun v. Sonnen

1.782

1.0

 

8/17 8:00 PM

12

CFB: Oregon @ Washington

1.765

1.0

  

10/12 4:00 PM

13

UFC 168 Prelims

1.554

0.8

0.8

12/28 8:00 PM

14

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

1.502

0.9

0.3

2/21 8:00 PM

15

UFC Fight Night

1.4

0.8

0.6

2/15 10:30 PM

16

NASCAR RaceDay

1.357

0.8

 

2/15 6:25 PM

17

NASCAR: Sprint Showdown

1.217

  

0.2

May 16

17

UFC Fight Night

1.217

0.6

0.6

6/7 10:00 PM

19

NASCAR Victory Lane

1.19

0.7

0.3

3/16 9:41 PM

20

CFB: Washington State @ Oregon

1.135

0.6

0.4

10/19 10:00 PM

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