NBA Playoffs Dominate Sports Shows For the Week
For the last week of the conference finals the NBA Playoffs dominated the sports ratings putting 5 games in the top 6 sports programs and 4 ancillary shows in the rest of the top 20 sports shows for the week of May 26 - June 1, 2008. The Tuesday 5/27 Lakers/Spurs match up was the top sports show of the week with 7.25 million viewers.
Even with the strong NBA showing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race from Dover was able to place a close #2 with 7.11 million viewers.
Top Sports Shows for the Week of May 26 - June 1, 2008:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||Network||Persons Live+SD (000)||HH Rating Live+SD|
|1||NBA CONF FNLS (LAKERS/SPURS)||TNT||7,247||4.8|
|2||FOX NASCAR SPRINT CUP DOVER||FOX||7,109||4.5|
|3||NBA CONF FNLS (SPURS/LAKERS)||TNT||6,794||4.6|
|4||NBA CONF FNLS (CELTICS/PISTONS)||ESPN||6,445||4.2|
|5||NBA CONF FNLS (PISTONS/CELTICS)||ESPN||6,434||4.3|
|6||NBA CONF FNLS (CELTICS/PISTONS)||ESPN||6,086||4.0|
|7||CBS ELITEXC SAT NT FIGHTS 5/31||CBS||4,851||3.0|
|8||FOX NASCAR SPRINT PRE||FOX||4,327||2.7|
|9||WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW)||USA||4,295||2.5|
|10||WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW)||USA||4,180||2.4|
|11||NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL#4 DETROIT/PITTSBURGH 5/31||NBC||4,044||2.3|
|12||NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL#3 DETROIT/PITTSBURGH 5/28||NBC||4,041||2.4|
|13||FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN||CW||3,849||2.3|
|14||INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||3,534||2.5|
|15||NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME||TNT||3,509||2.3|
|16||NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME||TNT||3,288||2.3|
|17||INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||3,109||2.2|
|18||FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL (VARIOUS)||FOX||2,846||2.0|
|19||MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT SUN 6/01||CBS||2,227||1.6|
|20||MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT SAT 5/31||CBS||1,551||1.2|
With the best ratings matchup in a decade, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals put both games 3 and 4 in the top 20 at #11 and #12 with 4.0 million viewers each.
CBS's first attempt at mixed-martial arts EliteXC pulled a respectable 4.85 million viewers at #7. As usual, the faux wrestling shows of WWE Raw were in the top 20 at #9 and #10 with 4.3 and 4.2 million viewers respectively. Their broadcast relative, Friday Night Smackdown came in at #13 with 3.8 million viewers.
The Tigerless Memorial Tournament filled the final 2 spots in our list with 2.2 million and 1.6 million viewers for the Sunday and Saturday rounds respectively. The PGA has got to be hoping Tiger comes back for the US Open fully healed!
Major League Baseball put one game in the top 20 at #18 with 2.8 million viewers.
Note: Our Sports Ratings combine the top Broadcast sports shows and any cable 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.