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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#ProgramEpisodeNetworkStartEndTotal Viewers (000)Viewers Age 18-49 (000)Day of the game
1COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LFLORIDA STATE/NOTRE DAMEESPN6:07 p.m.8:04 p.m.1,341572Sat
2COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LGONZAGA/ST MARYS (CA)ESPN8:16 p.m.10:22 p.m.1,305397Sat
3COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LOHIO STATE/MARYLANDESPN4:05 p.m.6:07 p.m.1,106477Sat
4COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LKANSAS ST/WEST VIRGINIAESPN12:00 p.m.2:19 p.m.939421Sat
5COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LKANSAS STATE/TEXASESPN2:19 p.m.4:05 p.m.926383Sat
6UFC PPV PRELIMS L208:HOLM/DE RANDAMIEFOX SPORTS 18:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.874420Sat
7COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LVIRGINIA/VIRGINIA TECHESPNU6:30 p.m.9:08 p.m.536161Sun
8COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LLOUISVILLE/MIAMIESPN22:09 p.m.4:09 p.m.503187Sat
9COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LCINCINNATI/SMUESPN4:00 p.m.5:58 p.m.499211Sun
10NHL REGULAR SEASON LMONTREAL/BOSTONNBC SPORTS NETWORK7:32 p.m.10:21 p.m.495198Sun
11PREMIER LEAGUE LWATFORD/MANCHESTER UNITEDNBC SPORTS NETWORK9:57 a.m.11:57 a.m.481292Sat
12COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LTEXAS/OKLAHOMA STESPN24:09 p.m.6:04 p.m.432124Sat
13PREMIER LEAGUE LLEICESTER CITY/SWANSEANBC SPORTS NETWORK10:56 a.m.1:05 p.m.409200Sun
14PREMIER LEAGUE LCHELSEA/BURNLEYNBC SPORTS NETWORK8:23 a.m.10:27 a.m.391196Sun
15COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LCALIFORNIA/ARIZONAESPN210:11 p.m.12:18 a.m.387141Sat
16LIGA MXSANTOS / CRUZ AZULUNIVISION DEPORTES6:32 p.m.9:00 p.m.373228Sun
17LALIGA SANTANDER MRQ-LOSASUNA VS. REAL MADRIDBEIN SPORT ESPANOL2:35 p.m.4:47 p.m.341201Sat
18COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LOKLAHOMA / IOWA STESPN26:04 p.m.8:04 p.m.31991Sat
19NBA REGULAR SEASON LDETROIT/TORONTONBA-TV6:00 p.m.8:28 p.m.313142Sun
20LIGA MX LQUERETARO / LEONUNIVISION DEPORTES5:51 p.m.7:56 p.m.308201Sat
21MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCR DARLINGTONFOX SPORTS 110:00 p.m.1:00 a.m.306151Sat
22COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LGAINESVILLE/TEXAS A&MESPN212:00 p.m.2:09 p.m.300112Sat
23COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LWASHINGTON ST/COLORADOESPNU9:08 p.m.10:30 p.m.299125Sun
24COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN LSOUTH CAROLINA/MISSISSIPPI STATEESPN28:04 p.m.10:11 p.m.28282Sat
25PREMIER LEAGUE LHULL CITY/ARSENALNBC SPORTS NETWORK7:24 a.m.9:27 a.m.279132Sat

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

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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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