The Most-Watched Live Sports Events Last Weekend

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What: Catch up on the weekend’s ratings through the live sports top 25 ranking! Here is a quick look at what people watched over the past weekend.

Which Sport Won?

Once again, college football was the weekend's big winner. The college game between Iowa State and Baylor on Saturday, February 25th managed to attract close to 100,000 viewers through its live ESPN broadcast (check out table below).

What Broadcaster Won?

Thanks to ESPN acquiring the rights to broadcast all college regular season games, the broadcaster (including ESPNU and ESPN2) was the most watched over the weekend.

Out of 13.9 million who watched the Top 25 live sports events last weekend, 5.8 million watched ESPN.

Fox Sports 1 came in second with 3.6 million viewers, mainly thanks to the broadcast of NASCAR races, but also a Premier Boxing Champions fight.

What Else?

As a surprise, coming in fifth on this ranking is the Professional Bowlers Association bowling tournament that was held on Sunday. Broadcasted by ESPN, the event drew 791,000 viewers.

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# Program Episode Network Start End Total Viewers (000) Viewers Age 18-49 (000)
1 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L BAYLOR/IOWA STATE ESPN 4:12 p.m. 6:04 p.m. 996 360
2 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L WEST VIRGINIA/TCU ESPN 2:04 p.m. 4:12 p.m. 960 370
3 NASCAR RACE HUB WKND ED L DAYTONA FOX SPORTS 1 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 839 141
4 NASCAR M.E. CUP FIN PRA L DAYTONA FOX SPORTS 1 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 792 162
5 PBA BOWLING L ESPN 1:00 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 791 246
6 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L VIRGINIA/NC STATE ESPN 12:00 p.m. 2:04 p.m. 758 276
7 NASCAR RACE HUB WKND ED L DAYTONA FOX SPORTS 1 12:06 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 609 107
8 NHL REGULAR SEASON L ST. LOUIS/CHICAGO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 7:33 p.m. 10:04 p.m. 594 263
9 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L IOWA/MARYLAND ESPN2 6:04 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 584 215
10 NBA REGULAR SEASON L NEW ORLEANS/OKLAHOMA CITY NBA-TV 7:00 p.m. 9:39 p.m. 579 293
11 PBA BOWLING L ESPN 3:05 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 571 129
12 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCR L ATLANTA FOX SPORTS 1 7:30 p.m. 10:03 p.m. 547 232
13 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L PURDUE/MICHIGAN ESPN2 4:26 p.m. 6:04 p.m. 546 197
14 LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-L ATLETICO MADRID VS. BARCELONA BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 10:05 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 519 319
15 LIGA MX L JAGUARES / GUADALAJARA UNIVISION DEPORTES 5:39 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 491 281
16 NASCAR XFINITY QUALIFY L DAYTONA FOX SPORTS 1 10:30 a.m. 12:06 p.m. 463 95
17 LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-L VILLARREAL VS. REAL MADRID BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 2:34 p.m. 4:48 p.m. 461 285
18 NBA REGULAR SEASON L CHARLOTTE/LA CLIPPERS NBA-TV 9:39 p.m. 12:31 a.m. 435 231
19 PREMIER LEAGUE L SWANSEA/CHELSEA NBC SPORTS NETWORK 9:55 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 422 217
20 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L GEORGIA TECH/NOTRE DAME ESPNU 6:30 p.m. 8:34 p.m. 408 104
21 PREMIER BOXING CHAMPION L CALEB PLANT/THOMAS AWIMBONO FOX SPORTS 1 10:21 p.m. 12:20 a.m. 357 106
22 PREMIER LEAGUE L STOKE/TOTTENHAM NBC SPORTS NETWORK 8:24 a.m. 10:31 a.m. 354 187
23 LIGA MX L QUERETARO / UNAM UNIVISION DEPORTES 5:50 p.m. 7:50 p.m. 305 194
24 NBA REGULAR SEASON L PHOENIX/MILWAUKEE NBA-TV 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 278 123
25 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L ALABAMA/TEXAS A&M ESPN2 8:00 p.m. 10:09 p.m. 269 94

Source: SportsTVRatings.com ("All data ©Nielsen, provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen")


Ximena Cassab @xcassab

Ximena is a Swiss-Mexican journalist based in Mexico City where she specialized in business, and travel topics. Graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she has worked as an editor at the magazines Expansión , Aire and Accent, from Expansion Group. Currently she is working with different media in Spanish and English independently. She is a passionate traveler who does not miss the opportunity to see a new place in the world.

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