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Top Sports Shows, April 14-20, NBA Playoffs

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April 27th, 2008

NBA Playoffs Put 5 Games in Sports TV Ratings Top 20

nba.gifWhile NBA finals ratings have taken a plunge since the Michael Jordan era, the NBA playoffs still have plenty of TV ratings power compared to the NHL playoffs and early season baseball and took the top spot and 5* of the top 20 sports shows for the week of April 14-20, 2008.

Still, only the Sunday matchup between Kobe's LA Lakers and the Iverson-'Melo Denver Nuggets could top one of the two episodes of WWE Raw on Monday with 5.1 million viewers. The second NBA Game Phoenix/San Antonio on Saturday drew 4.6 million viewers. Sadly for NBA TV ratings both those series look to be over after one more game, but the not nearly as popular Sixers/Pistons series could go 7!

Top Sports Shows for the Week of April 14-20, 2008:

RANK

PROGRAMS

Network

Persons Live+SD (000)

HH Rating Live+SD

1

NBA PLAYOFFS - DENVER/LA LAKERS SUN ABC

5,115

3.5

2

WWE Raw USA

4,703

2.8

3

NBA PLAYOFFS PHOENIX / SAN ANTONIO SAT ABC

4,578

3.2

4

WWE Raw USA

4,390

2.7

5

Friday Night Smackdown CW

3,706

2.2

6

NBA PLAYOFFS - HAWKS/CELTICS TNT

3,430

2.2

7

NBA PLAYOFFS JAZZ/ROCKETS ESPN

3,135

2.1

8

NBA PLAYOFFS MAVERICKS/HORNETS ESPN

3,108

2.1

9

FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL - VARIOUS FOX

2,867

2.0

10

VERIZON HERITAGE-SU 4/20 CBS

2,376

1.6

11

RUMBO AL MUNDIAL 4/16 MEXICO VS CHINA TEL

1,838

1.0

12

VERIZON HERITAGE-SA 4/19 CBS

1,767

1.3

13

FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL 4/19 FOX

1,533

1.1

14

NHL PLAYOFFS-SUN DETROIT AT Nashville NBC

1,525

1.0

15

NBA-SUN 1 PLAYOFFS ABC

1,481

1.0

16

FUTBOL LIGA MONTERREY VS GUADALAJARA 4/19 UNI

1,334

0.7

17

NHL PLAYOFFS-SAT PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON NBC

1,196

0.9

18

LPGA GINN OPEN-SU-04/20 CBS

1,168

0.8

19

AMER LE MANS-LONG BEACH 4/20 ABC

1,108

0.8

20

NBA ACCESS W/AHMAD RASHAD ABC

968

0.7

No NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the top 20 this week, perhaps NASCAR fans out there can tell us if this was a break week.

The top NHL playoff game of the week, Detriot at Nashville, came in at #14 with 1.5 million viewers, and the the NHL game between Washington and Philadelphia drew 1.2 million at #17. I'm sure our good friend Ted Leonsis will be cheered to see his Capitals' telecast made the top 20.

Two Spanish networks put soccer [futbol!] games in the top 20. Rumbo al Mundial at #11 with Mexico v. China and Futbol Liga was back with the game between Guadalajara and Monterrey which drew 1.3 million at #16.This is the third week in a row we've received weekly sports ratings data from Nielsen. One's a fluke, two's a coincidence, I'm calling three a trend. Let's hope for weekly sports data again from here on out.

* The NBA Sun 1 Playoffs show at #15 was the 32 minute pregame to the Lakers/Nuggets game, so I'm not counting it as an "NBA Game".

Our Sports Ratings combine the top Broadcast sports shows and any sports shows that appeared in the top 40 cable programs. For example, we know from other sources that the Saturday Wizards/Cavaliers game 1 on ESPN drew more viewers than many broadast sports shows in the list above, but it didn't appear in the top 40 cable shows for the week.

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
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