July 8, 2013 |
ESPN's gamble to serve more tennis appears to be paying off as the sports network said last weekend's Wimbledon championship matches produced some of the highest ratings for tennis in ESPN's 33-year history. Last year, ESPN began providing TV coverage of the final weekend of the storied London tennis tournament, replacing incumbent NBC. The peacock network had broadcast Wimbledon championship matches for more than 40 years but the All England Lawn Tennis Club showed NBC its backhand after the 2011 tournament.
October 7, 2009 |
Brett Favre's matchup with his former team has attracted the largest cable television audience ever. His Minnesota Vikings' 30-23 win over the Green Bay Packers on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" was watched by more than 21.8 million people. The previous record was more than 18.6 million viewers for last year's Monday night game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Crabtree close? Three top San Francisco 49ers executives have met with unsigned wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker.
January 22, 2013 |
TV viewers had a message for President Obama and his second inauguration: Been there, seen that. Ratings on the three cable news networks Monday plunged compared with four years ago, when Obama was swept into office on a message of hope and change. A combined total of 6.7 million viewers watched CNN, Fox News and MSNBC during the half-hour starting at 8:45 a.m. Los Angeles time, when a reelected Obama took the oath of office and gave his address. That was a 61% drop compared with the same period in 2009.
July 31, 2012 |
Here's what happens when a 17-year-old American swimmer wins her first gold medal: high TV ratings. Missy Franklin, the Pasadena native who took first place in the 100-meter backstroke, helped power NBC's fourth night of coverage of the London Olympics (the first night consisted of the Opening Ceremony, which more than 40 million saw). An average of 31.6 million total viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That's not quite as high as Sunday's figure (36 million), but it was nevertheless the best first Monday for a non-U.S.
August 22, 2012 |
Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel has had ratings woes in the past, but it appears to be on an upswing lately, thanks to high-profile interviews such as the one Oprah conducted with Rihanna on Sunday. That episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" gave OWN its second-highest ratings to date. The Rihanna interview had an audience of 2.5 million, second only to Oprah's March interview with members of Whitney Houston's family, including her teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina. That interview was OWN's highest rated program ever, with 3.5 million viewers.
August 12, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad," breaking records. The intense hype surrounding the final episodes of AMC' acclaimed "Breaking Bad" paid off big-time. The launch of the series' final eight episodes on Sunday was the most-watched in the drama's history, scoring 5.9 million viewers. The tune-in was 102% over the viewership for the fifth season premiere last summer, said the network. The ratings also gave a strong boost to the premiere of AMC's new police drama, "Low Winter Sun," which followed the "Breaking Bad" episode.
October 23, 2013 |
Fox is hoping history repeats itself when the Boston Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which starts tonight. In 2004, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games to win their first series since 1918, the average audience for Fox was 25.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. At that time, it was the biggest audience for a World Series since the Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995. Of course, there were some extenuating circumstances that helped boost the ratings for the 2004 World Series into the stratosphere.
July 1, 2013 |
Showtime needed a little help with its ratings records books, and "Ray Donovan" was happy to oblige. The crime drama starring Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" to the rich and famous opened Sunday with the premium cable network's best-ever ratings for an original series premiere. In its first showing at 10 p.m., "Ray Donovan" drew 1.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was better than the 1.1 million in 2011 for the premiere of "Homeland" - which at the time was considered a breakthrough for Showtime.
September 17, 2012 |
The third season of "Downton Abbey" premiered across the pond Sunday night, and the sky-high ratings suggest that fans haven't tired of the soapy period piece. Approximately 8.6 million viewers tuned into to ITV1, the network that airs "Downton Abbey" in Britain, to watch Shirley MacLaine make her first appearance as Martha Levinson, the wealthy American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Those numbers would be impressive stateside, but they're even more dazzling given the much smaller size of the British television audience.