CRAWFORD | Last weekend's sports TV ratings in Louisville
The NFL, to no one's surprise, is still a ratings king, but there were a few surprises in the weekend TV sports ratings, as provided by Nielsen.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The NFL reigns in television sports, and this past weekend was more evidence of that. With the playoffs in full swing and a light weekend for local college hoops teams, the four playoff games dominated.
The Denver Broncos win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the overall ratings winner of the weekend, earning a 26.3 rating and 39 share on CBS. Numbers come via The Nielsen Co. One ratings point equals roughly 6,750 households in the Louisville market (Jefferson County and the 36 surrounding counties in Louisville and Southern Indiana).
Its peak viewership came at the end, when it drew a 31.7 rating and 45 share — meaning nearly half the televisions in use in the Louisville market were watching that 15-minute segment.
The most dramatic moment of the weekend — Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary pass to force overtime of Green Bay’s playoff loss to Arizona, drew a 37 share.
As you’d expect, the University of Kentucky’s loss at Auburn was a big TV draw. But without the University of Louisville playing this weekend, the second-biggest hoops broadcast might surprise you.
It wasn’t a college basketball broadcast, but a high school game between Athlete Institute of Canada and Findlay Prep of Nevada. That game out-rated every college basketball game in the market except UK-Auburn.
Here’s a look at the 10 most-watched sports event broadcasts of the weekend in Louisville:
1. NFL Playoffs: Steelers-Broncos (CBS) 26.3/39
2. NFL Playoffs: Seahawks-Panthers (FOX) 19.2/33
3. NFL Playoffs: Packers-Cardinals (NBC) 17.3/27
4. NFL Playoffs: Chiefs-Broncos (CBS) 16.8/26
5. NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn (ESPN) 15.1/22
6. HS basketball: GEICO Showcase (ESPN) 5.8/9
7. NCAA Basketball: Indiana-Minnesota (BTN) 3.25
8. NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame-Duke (ESPN2) 3.1/6
9. NCAA Basketball: Michigan State-Wisconsin (CBS) 3.0/5
10. NCAA Basketball: Miami-Clemson (ACC) 2.6/5
I say sports “event” broadcasts, because WDRB Sports’ Sunday night sportscast, which drew a 7.1/11, was rated higher than half of the top-10 and was the weekend’s top non-event sports broadcast in Louisville. WLKY's "Sports Saturday" (4.5/8) was the top sports non-event broadcast on Saturday.
As for non-sports, some items of note. The NBC Democratic candidates debate drew a 3.2/5 in Louisville. The top news program of the weekend, probably no surprise, 60 Minutes, which drew a 15.7/22.
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