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Top Sports Shows, April 21-27, NASCAR Talladega

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May 5th, 2008

NASCAR Talladega Tops 8 NBA Playoff Games

220px-nascarsvg.pngThe NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega topped all sports shows in a multi-car length victory for the week of April 21-27, 2008. While the NBA playoffs put 8 games in the sports top 20, they couldn't take the top spot unlike last week.

The NFL draft placed 5th between two perennial top 10 WWE Raw episodes, with an average viewership of 5.o million. One thing to note about the NFL draft is that it's a five hour show. To hold that many average viewers on a Saturday afternoon for that long with a show that costs very little to produce makes it a bonanza for ESPN.

Top Sports Shows for the Week of April 21-27, 2008:

RANK

PROGRAMS

Network

Persons Live+SD (000)

HH rating Live+SD

1

FOX NASCAR SPRINT CUP (TALLADEGA)

FOX

8,992

5.7

2

FOX NASCAR SPRINT CUP POST

FOX

7,099

4.4

3

NBA (SAN ANTONIO AT PHOENIX) SUN 4/27

ABC

5,156

3.5

4

WWE Raw

USA

5,131

2.9

5

NFL DRAFT

ESPN

5,034

3.4

6

WWE Raw

USA

4,791

2.8

7

FOX NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRE

FOX

4,483

3.0

8

NBA PLAYOFFS (SUNS/SPURS)

TNT

4,416

3.0

9

Friday Night Smackdown

CW

4,296

2.4

10

AARON'S 312 AT TALLADEGA 4/26

ABC

4,061

2.6

11

NBA (SPURS/SUNS)

ESPN

3,856

2.5

12

NBA (HORNETS/MAVERICKS)

TNT

3,730

2.5

13

NBA (NUGGETS/LAKERS)

TNT

3,385

2.4

14

NBA (CLEVELAND AT WASHINGTON) -SUN 4/27

ABC

3,376

2.4

15

NBA (PISTONS/76ERS)

TNT

3,317

2.2

16

NBA (JAZZ/ROCKETS)

TNT

3,040

2.2

17

FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL (VARIOUS)

FOX

2,773

2.0

18

BYRON NELSON GOLF-SU 4/27

CBS

2,611

1.8

19

NHL -SUN (NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH)

NBC

1,603

1.0

20

NBC POKER SERIES

NBC

1,376

1.0

The only NHL playoff game of the week in our list, NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, came in at #19 with 1.6 million viewers fairly typical for the top NHL playoff game this season.

As is typical when Tiger doesn't play, PGA golf was hard pressed to put a single show, the Sunday Byron Nelson telecast, in the top 20 with an average of 2.6 million viewers.

Unlike past weeks there weren't any soccer games that made our top 20. The top one was the Univision telecast of the Toluca v. UAG Tecos game which averaged 925,000 viewers.

Our Sports Ratings combine the top Broadcast sports shows and any sports shows that appeared in the top 40 cable programs. It is possible that a cable sports show that had enough viewers to make this list is left off because it didn't have enough viewers to make the list of the top 40 cable programs for the week which is all we have access to.

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

 
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