The Most Watched Live Sports Events Last Weekend! (NEW!)
What: Follow the weekend’s ratings through the live sports top 25 ranking! A quick look at what people watched over the last weekend. (A new regular weekly feature!)
Which sport won?
There is no doubt that basketball is among the most beloved sports in the U.S. Proof of this is the number live sports event of last weekend: the college game between Florida State and Notre Dame. Broadcasted by ESPN, 1.3 million viewers turned on their TV on Saturday to watch the game (check out table below).
What broadcaster won?
ESPN (including ESPNU and ESPN2) was the most watched broadcaster. During the weekend the network broadcast all college regular season games, which explains why it became the most tuned in network group.
Out of 13.7 million who watched the Top 25 live sports events last weekend, 10.5 million watched ESPN.
The NBC Sports Network was in second place, through the broadcast of the Premier League matches, (check out our Top 10 most viewed soccer matches feature). Over the weekend, it had two million viewers, significantly less than ESPN.
What else is relevant?
Surprisingly, the only NHL game broadcast over the weekend, on Sunday, managed to make it into the list of top 10 most watched live sport events. Once again, we can’t forget hockey’s popularity in the U.S.
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|#||Program||Episode||Network||Start||End||Total Viewers (000)||Viewers Age 18-49 (000)||Day of the game|
|1||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||FLORIDA STATE/NOTRE DAME||ESPN||6:07 p.m.||8:04 p.m.||1,341||572||Sat|
|2||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||GONZAGA/ST MARYS (CA)||ESPN||8:16 p.m.||10:22 p.m.||1,305||397||Sat|
|3||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||OHIO STATE/MARYLAND||ESPN||4:05 p.m.||6:07 p.m.||1,106||477||Sat|
|4||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||KANSAS ST/WEST VIRGINIA||ESPN||12:00 p.m.||2:19 p.m.||939||421||Sat|
|5||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||KANSAS STATE/TEXAS||ESPN||2:19 p.m.||4:05 p.m.||926||383||Sat|
|6||UFC PPV PRELIMS L||208:HOLM/DE RANDAMIE||FOX SPORTS 1||8:00 p.m.||10:00 p.m.||874||420||Sat|
|7||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||VIRGINIA/VIRGINIA TECH||ESPNU||6:30 p.m.||9:08 p.m.||536||161||Sun|
|8||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||LOUISVILLE/MIAMI||ESPN2||2:09 p.m.||4:09 p.m.||503||187||Sat|
|9||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||CINCINNATI/SMU||ESPN||4:00 p.m.||5:58 p.m.||499||211||Sun|
|10||NHL REGULAR SEASON L||MONTREAL/BOSTON||NBC SPORTS NETWORK||7:32 p.m.||10:21 p.m.||495||198||Sun|
|11||PREMIER LEAGUE L||WATFORD/MANCHESTER UNITED||NBC SPORTS NETWORK||9:57 a.m.||11:57 a.m.||481||292||Sat|
|12||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||TEXAS/OKLAHOMA ST||ESPN2||4:09 p.m.||6:04 p.m.||432||124||Sat|
|13||PREMIER LEAGUE L||LEICESTER CITY/SWANSEA||NBC SPORTS NETWORK||10:56 a.m.||1:05 p.m.||409||200||Sun|
|14||PREMIER LEAGUE L||CHELSEA/BURNLEY||NBC SPORTS NETWORK||8:23 a.m.||10:27 a.m.||391||196||Sun|
|15||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||CALIFORNIA/ARIZONA||ESPN2||10:11 p.m.||12:18 a.m.||387||141||Sat|
|16||LIGA MX||SANTOS / CRUZ AZUL||UNIVISION DEPORTES||6:32 p.m.||9:00 p.m.||373||228||Sun|
|17||LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-L||OSASUNA VS. REAL MADRID||BEIN SPORT ESPANOL||2:35 p.m.||4:47 p.m.||341||201||Sat|
|18||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||OKLAHOMA / IOWA ST||ESPN2||6:04 p.m.||8:04 p.m.||319||91||Sat|
|19||NBA REGULAR SEASON L||DETROIT/TORONTO||NBA-TV||6:00 p.m.||8:28 p.m.||313||142||Sun|
|20||LIGA MX L||QUERETARO / LEON||UNIVISION DEPORTES||5:51 p.m.||7:56 p.m.||308||201||Sat|
|21||MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCR D||ARLINGTON||FOX SPORTS 1||10:00 p.m.||1:00 a.m.||306||151||Sat|
|22||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||GAINESVILLE/TEXAS A&M||ESPN2||12:00 p.m.||2:09 p.m.||300||112||Sat|
|23||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||WASHINGTON ST/COLORADO||ESPNU||9:08 p.m.||10:30 p.m.||299||125||Sun|
|24||COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L||SOUTH CAROLINA/MISSISSIPPI STATE||ESPN2||8:04 p.m.||10:11 p.m.||282||82||Sat|
|25||PREMIER LEAGUE L||HULL CITY/ARSENAL||NBC SPORTS NETWORK||7:24 a.m.||9:27 a.m.||279||132||Sat|
Source: SportsTVRatings.com ("All data ©Nielsen, provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen")
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